Top of the Pops, 28 April 1977:
Sue & Lulu from Legs & Co. dance to The Shuffle by Van McCoy.
Here’s another of the three performances the sub-gtroups of Legs & Co. gave on this episode of TOTP. This time it’s Sue & Lulu performing a routine that the whole group would repeat a few weeks later on the 19th May edition. Nice little midriff-bearing harem girl outfits, with specially adapted leg-revealing harem pants. I love the way the choreography switches in the break-beat section towards then end, from dancing in unison to the dancers passing the focus of attention back and forth to each other.
Top of the Pops 26 April 1979:
Legs & Co. dance to Love You Inside Out by the Bee Gees.
There’s a definite chinese quality to the music here, which I assume inspired the vaguely far-eastern outfits here, although the costumes are not slavishly authentic: their skimpy shortness allows the necessary leg room for these quite limber, athletic dance moves.
Top of the Pops, 23rd of April 1981: Legs & Co. dance to to Barry Manilow’s Bermuda Triangle.
Splashy fun in colourful bikinis, in the TOTP paddling pool.
This clip is dedicated to the old blog’s original commentator Hadeel, who first requested it.
From the old blog, Wednesday, 6 August 2014 :
There was something familiar about that Hot Gossip clip that I posted last week: something it reminded me of. I think it that set design based predominantly around the triangle. Triangles, yes. I know what it was: Bermuda Triangle. Legs & Co splashed around in a few inches of water in front of a similarly triangle-heavy set to Barry Manilow’s song about love in the dangerous North Atlantic. Okay it’s a much simpler set, but it’s still a bunch of big triangles.
You can imagine the TOTP set designers train of thought: “Well, we could spend all week setting up fake palm trees and an azure sky backdrop to get the studio looking like a tropical beach: but the effect would be ruined by our paddling pool looking like a giant black bin-liner. Also, with Legs & Co. dancing in skimpy bikinis, who’s going to be looking at the set design anyway? So let’s just set up a couple of huge canvas triangles instead.”
I’ll get around to posting the Hot Gossip clip mentioned here eventually, along with various others. Right now I’m concentrating on replacing the core TOTP performances from the lost blog.
Top of the Pops, 21 April 1977:
Legs & Co. dance to Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke.
This lightweight, fun little routine catches the not-so-serious attitude of the song. In eye-catching silver lamé and pink outfits, the girls’ infectious energy is in marked contrast to the seated, subdued audience.
I reckon Rosemary & Lulu’s duo spot would be my highlight.
TOTP 20 April 1978: Legs & Co dance to The Michael Zager Band’s Let’s All Chant.
I’ve come round to liking these giant pom-pom outfits much more over the last five years, silly though they are. And I love the choice of Lulu for the close-up in the video mix during the “classical” middle bit. Concentration is written all over her face – as is the relief in her relaxed smile to camera when the music and dance switch back to disco. Peter Powell’s “second dose” comment refers to their previous appearance in that same episode, dancing to the Bee Gees Night Fever. What a show!
From the old blog, Thursday, 25 June 2009:
Legs & Co dance to The Michael Zager Band’s Let’s All Chant on TOTP. Although the competition is both fierce an stiff, I’d vote for these outfits as the silliest costumes legs & co ever had to wear.
A euro dance tune with a Space like feel to it, which was one of the fad’s back then from 1977/80, i.e. bands and songs like Shelia B and Devotion, War of the worlds, Super nature, and Magic fly, etc. etc. I really like this clip and dance by Legs and Co. for two reasons. Firstly it’s a quite a difficult song to dance too, and Legs do it brilliantly of course. Lulu looks a bit carried away with it all though lol. Secondly, there is a lot of focus on Sue in this clip, which makes me very happy of course! Good clip. Benja 🙂 9 December 2011 00:46
Top of the Pops, 20 April 1978: Legs & Co. and to the Bee Gees’ Night Fever.
A favourite performance of mine, here are Legs & Co. in a routine clearly influenced by Saturday Night Fever, the hit film from which this song (like so many others in the charts at this time) was taken.
I suppose some people like the atmospheric effect of dry ice, but for me, as a dance fan, it only serves to get in the way of the performance. Still it could be worse; and the disco/catwalk set complete with mirrors and floor-level lights is quite inventive.
The strutting, striding choreography owes something to the dancing in the aforementioned film without being a slavish copy.
Join the discussion of this routine over on the forum.
Top Of The Pops 17 April 1980: Legs & Co. dance to Call Me by Blondie.
An energetic and fun performance. Suits and pork pie hats were all the rage back in 1980, thanks to the mod revival, and to the closely-related two-tone explosion from the midlands. I reckon two-tones black & white graphic style was also an influence in the set design here.
Top of the Pops, 16 April 1981: Legs & Co. dance to Chi Mai by Ennio Morricone.
Your dad would have to be content with The Nolans and Buck Fizz (and maybe Girlschool) for his thrills on this week’s ToTP: he’s certainly wouldn’t stop reading his paper for this Legs & Co. performance as Edwardian ladies, dancing to the theme from BBC TV’s The Life and Times of David Lloyd George.
Thanks to “TOTP from the 80s” for the Youtube post.
This performance was presented by a guest host on the old blog, back in 2011:
Hello everybody. It’s historic Liberal role-model David Lloyd George here. I’m happy to see the Liberals doing so well in a coalition with the Tories, again: while the country’s at war abroad, too. Or something.
But that’s enough of politics: up here in Liberal Heaven, nobody cares about how I was Prime Minister once. Or even that I invented the Welfare State. Oh no. So what makes Asquith, Gladstone and Campbell-Bannerman jealous of me? Just two things:
My TV biography series’ theme tune was written by Ennio Morricone, who wrote A Fistful of Dollars and The Good The Bad & The Ugly: which makes me a bit like Clint Eastwood.
That theme tune, Chi Mai, was danced to by Legs & Co. on Top of the Pops. They also danced to tunes from Saturday Night Fever and Grease. So that makes me a bit like John Travolta. Or maybe Stockard Channing.
These outfits are rather racey, don’t you think? Some of those skirt hems are two or three inches from the ground! I’m pretty sure I caught a glimpse of Miss Hammond’s ankle once or twice.
I just love the poise and detachment and background in this routine. It fits the music so well. Good one Flick and ladies 17 April 2011 16:15
i actually have to admit when i first watched this routine in 1981 i said to myself how boring that routine was tonight ,i didnt like the music either ,i think you have to watch the routine a few times to appreciate it 17 April 2011 15:29
The FC school for deportment lesson 3. And where is Stockard Channing….mmmm 17 April 2011 08:28
Still no sightings of the lovely Ms C? 🙁
17 April 2011 19:37
Some Guy said…
Love the end of this clip, they go from the absolute grace and decorum of `Chi Mai` to 3 seconds of `All right now` dressed in, well you know what. Talk about one extreme to the other.
18 April 2011 19:47
Top of the Pops, 14 April 1977:
Legs & Co. dance to Lonely Boy by Andrew Gold: featuring Floid Pearce.
From the old blog, Tuesday, 21 December 2010:
Here’s a clip to show to anyone who makes the boring “over-literal choreography” complaint about Flick. The routine is definitely narrative, and yes, it deals with the subject matter of the song (Andrew Gold’s Lonely Boy); namely sibling rivalry. But nobody’s miming the lyrics at any point: instead, Flick has created a routine based around the subject, showing what great creative work she was capable when she got more than a few hours notice.
And Floyd gets a rare namecheck from creepy old Mr. Savile.
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My old One for the Dads blog was shut down by the Kopyright Kops. So here's a new one. Still showing performances from Legs & Co., Pan's People and Ruby Flipper, amongst others. But no more downloads. Sorry.