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Legs & Co. – Oh Lori

Top of The Pops, 23rd June 1977:
Legs & Co. dancing to Oh Lori by Alessi.

Thanks to ASmK for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Sunday, 2 August 2009:

Bitter, twisted cynics, brace yourselves: here’s Legs & Co. in cute mode, dancing to The Alessi Brothers’ Oh Lori on Top of the Pops.

Comments:

PattiforPM said:

Spot on; any cuter and they’d melt. I love watching these routines that I didn’t appreciate as much first time around as a teenager. Thanks YMG
30 April 2011 15:13

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Legs & Co. – You’re Gonna Get Next to Me

Top of the Pops 16/06/1977:
Legs & Co. dance to You’re Gonna Get Next to Me by Bo Kirkland and Ruth Davis.

A welcome return to TOTP for Ruby Flipper’s Floid, dancing with Pauline, while the other five members of Legs & Co. drag some rather sheepish audience blokes around the dance floor.

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Legs & Co. – The Smurf Song

Top of the Pops, 15 June 1978:
Legs & Co. dance to The Smurf Song by Father Abraham.

Top of the Pops made no claims to aesthetic sensibilities: chart success was their only criterion for selection of material to feature. Consequently each show was a mixture of music from whatever warring youth culture factions were in fashion that week, with a smattering of uncool light entertainment hits, and gruesome children’s novelties like this one. And Legs & Co., professionals all, took it all in their stride: ballet, boogaloo, or big-foot.

From the old blog, Saturday, 8 January 2011

I’ve referred to some outfits and costumes as being “silly” in the past: now I take it all back. These are easily the silliest costumes ever. Identifying which dancer is which under all that make-up is very difficult, but here’s my provisional guess:

  • Flute Smurf: Rosie
  • Other White Smurf: Sue
  • Beardie Smurf: Gill
  • Other Red Smurf: Pauline

No doubt the forum regulars will have something to say about this.

Comments

PattiforPM said…

Ah yes the malignant influences on our childrens’ young minds. This Belgian plague, second only to those subversive and frankly spooky Teletubbies. Patti and Lulu wisely left the country for the week. Thanks YMG and gals for this!
9 January 2011 16:22

Some Guy said…

Hey! Who’s smurfin outta key?
14 January 2011 17:06

Since my first attempts at identification above, Lulu has confirmed that she was in fact the bearded smurf. For an easier-to follow version of this routine with dancers labelled, see 31TimM’s youtube version.

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Legs & Co. – Say When

Top of the Pops, 14 June 1979: Legs & Co. dance to “Say When” by Lene Lovitch.

A fine pop hit for Lene Lovich, (Miss Outré 1979), this number montages together two performances from Legs & Co. in different outfits. While the little gold lamé numbers are very glamourous, I think the powder-blue with gold accessories look is more fetching.

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Legs & Co.- Ça Plane Pour Moi

Top of the Pops 8 June 1978: Plastic Bertrand and Legs & Co. perform Ça Plane Pour Moi.

I can’t find any record of my comments from the old blog, so I’ll have to recreate them from memory. I believe I said…

Plastic Bertrand was only ever a showbiz fake, a punk manqué: but the girls’ outfits here, seemly improvised from various bits of plastic over simple leotards, are far closer to capturing the spirit of Punk than their power pop outfits for Silly Thing, or their Zandra-Rhodesy Something Else dresses ever did.

No, this cheap & cheerful approach, embracing the plastic aesthetic (which after all is why Bertrand chose “Plastic” for his showbiz name) is much closer to the do-it-yourself, anti-fashion philosophy at the heart of punk.

Meanwhile, I guess the half-baguettes that they are waving about it some sort of reference to Plastic’s francophone roots as a Belgian. But I was always mystified by the halves: surely the budget could stretch to a baguette each. I wonder now if the full length baguettes turned out to be too unwieldy for the routine in rehearsal. Just my speculation, of course.

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Legs & Co. – Ring My Bell

Top of the Pops, 07/06/1979: Legs & Co. dance to Anita Ward’s “Ring My Bell”

Top of the Pops combined Synchronized Swimming & Morris Dancing Team perform a delightful routine to this Anita Ward hit, which brought the sound of synthesised drums to popular attention. And school playgrounds up and down the country resounded to the sound of “Poooow! Poooow!” for weeks to come.

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Legs & Co. – Got to Give It Up

TOTP, 02 June 1977: Legs & Co. dance to Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give It Up

From the old blog, Thursday, 28 July 2011:

Here’s Legs & Co. dancing to Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give it Up with some groovy (but cheap) lighting effects. Didn’t some bloke get a Turner Prize for just turning the light off and on, a few years back? And he didn’t even have any attractive young ladies dancing in skimpy outfits, either. There is no justice.

Yet another clip from PattiforPM. Many thanks.

comments:

Some Guy said…

Thanks P4pm & YMG for this. What a dumbass idea to have these flashing lights, totally distracts one from this very sexy and alluring dance.
It almost feels that the naff flashing lights should come with a epilepsy warning.
28 July 2011 11:47

Suefan said…

Cheers guys. Isn’t Sue on cracking form. Now where did I put that bathing machine.
28 July 2011 14:05

PattiforPM said…

Bathing beauties indeed. I do think Sue steals this show with her enthusiasm and yes alright boys her figure too.
1 August 2011 13:42

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Legs & Co. – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now

Top of the Pops, 31 May 1979:
Legs & Co. dance to Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now by McFadden & Whitehead.

No matching outfits here: Legs & Co perform in “ordinary” clothes – well, ordinary party clothes, let’s say. They’re looking like a Freeman’s advert come to life, although I’m not sure if they had already started their regular appearances in that home shopping clothes catalogue by this time.

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Legs & Co. – Tokyo Joe

Top of the Pops 26 May 1977: Legs & Co. dance to Bryan Ferry’s Tokyo Joe

Thanks to panspeople.com for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Saturday, 16 June 2012:

I had assumed that the murky dark lighting was a function of the quality of the VHS recording, but it’s just as dark on this version. What’s going on? I can only assume they’ve kept the lighting low in order to show that the paper “lanterns”* are lit from inside. But if the lanterns are so important, What about the one with the obvious tear? The whole routine’s shot from a single camera postion (well, tracking in and out a little), so it could easily have been hung at a different angle. I dunno.

*Looking a lot like cheapo habitat paper & wire lampshades to me.

comments:

Suefan said…

Thanks for this better copy YMG as, apart from the style of lighting, there is much to enjoy in this dance. As usual Flick brings an unexpected element to her concept. Feisty Geishas. I like it.
16 June 2012 09:27

PattiforPM said…

As we’ve said this is too dark but on rewatching I am sure I was wrong about it being a replacement routine as the Dance is too well organised and the costumes and set too coordinated. Also there are some good moves and all told I think I gave this one a bad rap first time around.
17 June 2012 05:09

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Legs & Co. – You’re The One That I Want

Top of the Pops, 25 May 1978: Legs & Co dance to You’re The One That I Want by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

February 26. 2015: I don’t supposed anyone has been hanging on in breathless anticipation waiting for this post. Top of the charts for nine weeks in 1978, every regular TOTP viewer must have become heartily sick of the clip from Grease used to promote this record. But when it came to 2013, the BBC couldn’t afford the fees demand for the repeat from the film company, so instead they substituted this routine, for every episode they repeated.

Now I like this routine: the slightly crazy outfits, with the semi-see-through lacy skirts and the blue/green theme; performance is full of good-natured gusto all round, with Rosemary particularly chirpy; and it’s always nice to see a guest appearance from Floid, who gives a good account of himself here. But it was originally conceived for one performance only: and after four or five or six repeats, I was craving ONJ stamping out the cigarette, and Travolta bouncing about in the crazy house again.

However watching again for this repost, I’m relieved to find that the intervening eighteen months has rendered the routine refreshingly entertaining again. Phew.

By the way: Is it just my imagination, or do all of Legs & Co. have a little extra spring in their steps whenever Floid returns? It must be their respect for his technical expertise, I expect. Yes.

Thanks to YouTuber “TheGRStars” for the post.

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