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Legs & Co. – Bankrobber

Top of the Pops, 21 August 1980: Legs & Co dance to Bankrobber by The Clash.

It’s silly literal choreography time again, as Legs & Co. dress up as bank robbers for this routine, complete with guns (edible), demand notes (of the collage kidnapper sort), money bags with “SWAG” written on them, and stripey erm…not jumpers: maillots? leotards?

A nice choreographic touch: the barred screens in front of them serve as both prison bars and bank tellers’ security grills.

Update: Better quality BBC4 repeat version added.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Here’s a surprisingly camp Steve Wright, introducing Legs & Co., who dance behind bars to The Clash’s Bank Robber. This routine often comes up whenever anyone complains about over-literal choreography, but it’s not that bad. I don’t see any domino masks, for instance…

Thanks to PattiforPM for another clip, in response to Jef’s request.

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Legs & Co. – A Rainy Night In Georgia

Top Of The Pops, 20 August 1981:
Legs & Co. dance to A Rainy Night In Georgia by Randy Crawford.

A lovely atmospheric performance to a great song from Randy Crawford, whose voice could, midas-like, turn any song to gold. Featuring Anita prominently. Each time I post a performance featuring Anita I’m more and more impressed by her abilities as a dancer.

Thanks to PansRubyLegs for the clip.

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Legs & Co. – Nobody Does It Better

Top of the Pops 18 August 1977: Legs & Co. dance to Carly Simon’s Nobody Does It Better.

From the old blog, Saturday, 26 February 2011:

Here’s are Legs & Co. dancing to Carly Simon’s Nobody Does It Better, theme song from Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me. Thanks to PattiforPM who sent me this routine. ages ago. I was sure I’d already posted this clip, but I’ve searched the blog, and it’s nowhere to be found. Sorry to take so long.


Suefan said…

A most apposite song title for the girls. Also top marks once again to the costume department.
26 February 2011 19:21

PattiforPM said…
Yes SueFan this is an interesting mix of quirk and grace and the only equally apt song they ever did was “Together We Are Beautiful”
27 February 2011 18:30

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Legs & Co. – Three Times A Lady

Top Of The Pops 17 August 1978:
Legs & Co. dance to ‘Three Times A Lady’ by the Commodores.

Thanks to SuPaLu for the YouTube post.

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Legs & Co. – Green Door

I’ve for two versions of this routine to show: this first (thanks to Bucksby) is from the first Top of the Pops showing, 13 August 1981.

The second, slightly better detail but a shorter edit, is from the New Year’s Eve TOTP Special, 31 December 1981.

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Legs & Co. – Baby Stop Crying

Top of the Pops, 10 August 1978:
Legs & Co dance to Baby Stop Crying by Bob Dylan.

Thanks to Andeebee for the dailymotion post.

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Legs & Co. – Morning Dance

Top of the Pops, 9 August 1979: Legs & Co dance to “Morning Dance” by Spyro Gyra.

from the old blog, Monday, 20 June 2011:

Here’s another generous donation from PattiforPM: Legs & Co. dancing to Spyro Gyra’s instrumental Morning Dance. For the benefit of the newcomers amongst you, the girls are helpfully wearing their names in sequins on their colourful vests.


Pan’s Ruby Legs said…

Great number! The girls look really good. Particularly like Gill in this one. Thanks YMG!
20 June 2011 11:38

carl said…

Great. Now I know all their names 🙂
20 June 2011 12:08

Suefan said…

Red is for raunchy and raring to go,
Green is for gorgeous as we already know.
Blue is a beauty, that rarest of rose,
Gold is for glamour, what wonderful pose.
Violet is for voluptuous, a veritable vision
While pink is perfection, pulchritudinous heaven.
20 June 2011 16:16

PattiforPM said…

Nice one SueFan. Flick and the girls hit just the right tempo and mood with this dance I think and they all look tremendous.
20 June 2011 18:50

Some Guy said…
I see our very own blog poet Suefan is in good form. Yes all the girls look stunning here, but the one whos pretty in pink catches my eye the most.
20 June 2011 20:21

hadeel said…

Well saying Suefan ,Description of high magnificence, and thank u PattiforPM for sending this clip
20 June 2011 22:08

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Legs & Co. – Funkin’ For Jamaica

Top of the Pops 7 August 1980: Legs & Co. dance to Tom Browne’s Funkin’ For Jamaica.

Update: new high-quality BBC4 version.

from the old blog, Saturday, 16 February 2013:

Legs & Co. dance to Tom Browne’s Funkin’ For Jamaica, in what I assume must be traditional Jamaican National Costumes.

“I will be quite honest, Flick Colby and I used to discuss that we probably needed to do a gymslip number or a raincoat number every so often because that intrigued a certain audience.” – Robin Nash, TOTP Producer

Looks like that was one traditional that Michael Hurl was prepared to continue with.

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Legs & Co. – Nights on Broadway

Top of the Pops, 4 August 1977: Legs & Co. dance to Candi Staton’s Nights on Broadway.

Update: an anonymous contributor has sent me a more complete version of this routine: while the previously posted version was 1 minute 42 seconds long, this one comes in at 2 minutes 16. That’s a whole 34 seconds more! Many thanks.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 5 February 2013:

Jings! Here’s another long lost Legs & Co. clip that’s turned up on YouTube, and been found by Flight14 over on panspeople.com: this time it’s Candi Staton’s Nights on Broadway from TOTP, Thursday 4th August 1977.

There are a couple of little fluffs here (and a big one from Rosie, right at the start – 0:06) so perhaps this is a dress rehearsal rather than the broadcast performance?

My suggestion that fluffs implied that this was a rehearsal was corrected over on the discussion forum by Sue Menhenick herself:

we very, very, rarely got to do retakes on our routines… recording time of the show was done with preference to the bands and the D.Js links, and often technical errors or breakdowns. Taping started at 7.00pm and had to be over by 9.00pm at the latest.

…There are some routines where really big mistakes went on, and they still let it go out regardless… Flick used to say that perhaps the only way to start again was to fall off the set!

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Legs & Co. – Hooked on Classics

Top of the Pops, 30 July 1981: Legs & Co. dance to Hooked on Classics by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Update, 9 May 2015: I was jealous: The poster of the re-dubbed, augmented version of this routine obviously had a better quality version of the original recording than I did. Lo and behold, he’s sent in a copy of that higher-quality version, complete with original soundtrack, for us to enjoy! Grateful thanks to sNEaKY ReMaSTeR!

Gosh, the old me seems to be having a right cranky old rant about this record (below): looking at the routine again, I really don’t see what I was getting so worked up about. It’s a tongue-in-cheek production, bathetically combining high-art Classical Music with Low Commercial Click-Track production. Justy a bit of fun, really.

But I do still prefer Portsmouth Sinfonia’s take.

From the old blog, Friday, 28 January 2011

Suefan recently sent me this clip, in response to a request from PattiforPM. it’s Legs & Co, dancing to The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Hooked on Classics.

Jings. I’ve no desire to criticise either the choreography or the dancing, but this record really is the ultimate example of the dreadful late seventies/early eighties fashion for medley-with-a-click-track-shoved-in records. I’m no musical stuffed shirt: I’ll take vernacular pop music over academic music any day of the week: but pop music, already heavy on rhythm and beat, can stand up to this relentless heavy-handed bump-click a lot better than the lightweight romantic stuff that’s being butchered here. And who is to blame? The RPO musicians? A group of professionals I’m sure, who consider it their job to take on whatever work is offered. The producers? Professionals again, doubtless with families to feed. TOTP? BBC? L&C? They all have the task of reflecting the nation’s taste. Who’s left to blame then? I blame the people who actually bought this vile thing, in enough numbers to ensure that it was forced on the rest of us. And the same people who bought Start on 45, Tight Fit’s Back to the Sixties, and all the other Frankendisco records. Pah!

But thanks to Suefan nonetheless, for the clip; and PattiforPM for the opportunity to rant.

From the ridiculous to the sublime: A good antidote to this aweful record is the Portsmouth Sinfonia’s Classical Muddley.

There is however, something else annoying me today…

Here’s a different version of the same routine, also on YouTube, this time dubbed over with what I assume to be the posters’ own musical creation:

Now don’t get me wrong, here: It’s not that I object to overdubbing new bits of music on to old Legs & Co. routines. Or Pan’s People, or Ruby Flipper routines either. YouTube is awash with similar examples, and I take them all to be compliments to the original material.

I’m not going to make a habit of posting these overdubbed versions here since, it’s the original works I’m interested in. But I’m not going to get all purist and holier-than-thou about it, either. Live and let live, I say. Leben und leben lassen.

No, what’s really getting me annoyed is that this guy has a better quality copy of the original routine than I do. Aargh! The green-eyed monster consumes me.

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