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Legs & Co. – Tusk

Top of the Pops, 18th Oct 1979: Legs & Co. dance to Tusk by Fleetwood Mac

Eyebrows were raised throughout the World of Pop when Fleetwood Mac choose to follow there hugely successful Rumours album with an abrupt change in direction, from smooth AOR to tribal drums and murky chanting. Here Legs & Co. follow the Macs lead with some outré collaged outfits. Though in the end I don’t think either the music or the choreography pulls it off successfully, kudos to band and dancers for avoiding the safe path and trying something new.

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Legs & Co. – Woman In Love

Top of the Pops 16 October 1980: Legs & Co. dance to Barbara Streisand’s Woman In Love.

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Ruby Flipper – Play That Funky Music

TOTP 14 October 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry

From the old blog: Monday, 26 July 2010

Ruby Flipper – Play That Funky Music
Don’t worry chums, I’m not dead! (crosses fingers to avert hubris) Here’s Ruby Flipper dancing to Wild Cherry’s Play That Funky Music on Top of the Pops.

Another clip from German TV channel Einsfestival.

comments:

Some Guy said…

This was there last apperance On totp, and arguably there best. BBC bigwigs put a stop to there fun. I thought they were pretty cool,even Floyd and phillip were alluring in a strange sort of way. But we got legs and co at the expense of these.

13 November 2010 22:47

Carl said…

The end of an era! But they went out with one of their best dances.
Thank you Floyd, Lulu, Patti, Phil and Sue, Thank you Ruby Flipper.

20 January 2011 19:28

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Legs & Co – The Greatest Love of All

13 October 1977: Legs & Co dance to The Greatest Love of All by George Benson.

At an Oh-Eff-Tee-Dee social gathering the other day, I was shocked to hear someone nominate this as their least favourite Legs & Co. routine. Really? But this is surely the most perfect marriage of the arts of choreography and semaphore? But that’s only my opinion, I know.

Perhaps some fluent semaphore reader could reveal the no-doubt highly profound hidden message in these gestures.

And how pleasant to hear George Benson’s version of this song. So smooth, so light, so free of the hystrionic caterwauling that ruin some later versions.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

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Legs & Co. – Casanova

Top of The Pops October 9th 1980:
Legs & Co. dance to Casanova by Coffee.

It’s a fabulous historical mash-up, as our heroines dress like 18th century courtesans (well a bit like), and behave like 19th century can-can dancers: all that provocative wiggling; and those little squeals of delight! They seem to be having a rare old time: Lulu in particular performs with great gusto. Lovely!

From the old blog, Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Here’s another great clip from PattiforPM. Thanks! Legs & Co. dance to Coffee’s Casanova. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something about these 18th century outfits tha doesn’t seem absolutely authentic. I’m probably being overly fussy, but there must be sometiny detail that doesn’t ring true. But hey, it’s Top of the Pops, not a historical drama.

Comments:

Suefan said:

This is one of my favourite fun routines and I like the costumes. Was this not how ladies dressed and comported themselves then in the 18th century??
I’m also always amused at how Gill quickly dumps that basket she is saddled with at the start. All the other girls carry their impedimenta through to the end but not she, a girl of spirit. Now if it had been a hot dog, than that might have been another matter.
27 April 2011 10:17

PattiforPM said:

This playful little number is quite fun I agree. The delightful whoops and the coy but naughty deportment of the participants is very appealing.
27 April 2011 19:46

Some Guy said:

Yes this is superb stuff, one of my favourites this. Love Lulu at the one minute mark.
28 April 2011 06:52

Dug5y said:

Well, you learn something every day. I never knew that L&C were one of the first exponents of Burlesque on our screens!! Great quality clip.
28 April 2011 08:26

jez said:

thanks once again p4pm this is one routine i do not remember watching before
28 April 2011 20:26

carl said:

Hi everyone. Just joined this great site and I am viewing loads of routines that I havent seen before including this one.
17 May 2011 18:14

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Legs & Co. – Shut Up

Top of the Pops, 8 October 1981:
Legs & Co. dance while Madness perform Shut Up.

It’s October ’81, and the writing is on the wall for Legs & Co.’s TOTP career. Once again they’re reduced to sharing the badk of the stage with the audience, while we have difficulty hearing the music (yes the music, that thing that the whole show is meant to be about) because the producer insists on dubbing fake party noises over the top.

But… But… At least they get a proper choreographed routine to perform: at least they get nice flattering Police-Women-in-Tights outfits to wear: at least they’re not scattered amongst the audience, but remain together as a recognisable entity. Maybe I’m clutching at straws, but this still remains an enjoyable clip to watch, and not just because Madness are such entertaining chaps.

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Ruby Flipper – Dancing with the Captain

Top of the Pops 7 October 1976: Lulu and Sue of Ruby Flipper dance behind Paul Nicholas who sings Dancing with the Captain.

A fairly obvious choice of outfits and moves here, as I remarked in the old blog, but lightweight jokey pop songs like this almost demand a bit of knowing jokiness in their interpretation.

Paul Nicholas at this point was blurring the distinction between pop-star and actor-playing-pop-star. As a snobby music purist teenager, I hated this with righteous rage. Now it just seems like a bit of fun: made more delightful with some apt, light-handed choreography.

From the old blog, Friday, 31 July 2009:

Here are Lulu and Sue on TOTP, in nautical outfits doing a few hornpipe steps, behind Paul Nicholas, who’s singing Dancing with the Captain. Yes, it’s literal references time again.

Although both went on to become members of Legs & Co., Lulu & Sue were members of Ruby Flipper at this point.

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Legs & Co. – From Here To Eternity

Top of the Pops 6 October 77:
Legs & Co. dance to “From Here To Eternity” by Giorgio Moroder.

This is really more of an exercise in video effects than a dance routine: we can see what’s going on in the silhouetted part, but the background is just a swirly blur of fast moving close-ups. Which all makes Noel’s closing comment, “I bet those outfits made you concentrate on what’s happening” all the more frustrating.

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Legs & Co. – Now That We Found Love

Top of The Pops, 5th October 1978:
Legs & Co. dance to “Now That We Found Love” by Third World.

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Legs & Co. – Them Heavy People

TOTP October 4th 1979: Legs & Co. dance to Kate Bush’s Them Heavy People

From the old blog, Sunday, 13 November 2011:

Here’s updated version of clip I posted long ago: this time, Kid Jensen introduces Legs & Co. dancing to Kate Bush’s Them Heavy People. So with the repeated “rolling the ball” motif, what sorts of outfits could L & C’s designers have dreamed up for this song? Cricket whites? Crown green bowling old ladies with navy blue blazers, pleated white skirts and sensible shoes? Croquet mallets and sensible tweed suits? Ten-pin-bowling fat American slob shirts with slacks and unpleasent bowling alley shoes?

Nope. None of the above. They seem to have just given up, and dressed the girls in skimpy lingerie.

Oh well *sigh* : I suppose that’ll have to do.

comments:

PattiforPM said…

A suitably off-beat routine for the wonderful Kate Bush’s music and the ladies look absolutely fine. This is one of the dances that really got me hooked.

13 November 2011 15:27

Suefan said…

Captivating, hook line and sinker. All the girls slink to fine effect but its that little solo at 1.16 that sees my bp go off the scale.
Wise move that the studio audience were kept at a safe distance from such incendiary stuff.

14 November 2011 10:39

74benja81 said…

A Classic performance by Legs and Co here. Love the Nighties! It really compliments their dancing skills, with room to move fluently. This attire is a reminder of the Night Fever dance routine they did in 77/78.Glad the audience are far back, its good to see the girls dancing in full view. Sue looks absolutely exquisite here. The funny thing is, this wonderful Kate Bush song is about finding out and discovering about ones inner self, and she writes about this perfectly. In contrast to this, Legs are dancing to this song very sexy. What a contrast,from Inner to outer. Great quality clip to see. Benja 🙂

30 December 2011 00:37

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