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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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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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Ruby Flipper – Disco Duck

TOTP, 23 September 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to Disco Duck by Rick Dees And His Cast Of Idiots.

Silly, very silly, but fun. Floid’s pantomime duck outfit looks to be from the back of dusty cupboard in the BBC wardrobe department. Clearly not designed to be worn on a podium, we get to see just a little to much of the strapping-in undercarraige mechanism of the outfit.

Meanwhile the girls (and Floid, when he’s not in panto mode) are wearing the same charming outfits that they wore for “You Should be Dancing” a few months before.

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Ruby Flipper – You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine

Top of the Pops, 9 September 1976:
Ruby Flipper dance to You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine by Lou Rawls

Back in the Summer of 1976, Flick Colby’s choreography was fizzing with ideas. For this Lou Rawls number, she gives us not one but three routines: Floid’s stately podium solo; Goucho Phil and Cherry’s tango; and a teasing fan dance from Sue, Patti and Lulu.

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Ruby Flipper – Morning Glory

Top of the Pops, 26/08/1976: Ruby Flipper dance to Morning Glory by James and Bobby Purify.

Well of course Sue, Patti and Lulu are looking lovely here: but Cherry, in that fuchsia & gold outfit looks absolutely fabulous. What a fine routine. My favourite moment? Patti’s mock-admonishing wagging finger at 0’38”.

Kudos to Phil for carrying off those silver wellies, too.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

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Ruby Flipper – Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Booty)

Top Of The Pops, 5 August 1976:
Ruby Flipper dance to Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Booty) by KC & The Sunshine Band.

Thanks to SuePaLu for the YouTube post.

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Flick Colby’s Ruby Flipper – Games People Play

Lena’s Music, 1 August 1979: Flick Colby’s Ruby Flipper dance while Lena Martell sings Games People Play.

Thanks again to Andeebee for the youtube post.

From the old blog, Saturday, 7 January 2012

My thanks once again go to PattiforPM, who has sent me another Ruby Flipper clip from Lena Martell’s TV show.

In this clip, Lena sings Joe South’s Country classic Games People Play, while the Flipsters dance dressed as arguing, petulant kids.

Comments:

PattiforPM said…

Well it’s not complex or graceful but quite fun and the ladies look cute I think. I always imagine Flick writing these simple routines on the back of a napkin in some London cafe. Two comments; short boy-shorts are one of the things I don’t miss from the 70s and if that guy [?David] doesn’t start treating Patti with a little more respect I’m gonna thump him.
7 January 2012 14:45

Some Guy said…

Well for a second i thought that Patti and David might be on for a bit of a snog in this one,LOL.
No i thought of the 3 weve had so far, this is the weakest to date. Its just like their going through the motions, could be Ms Martells robotic singing style that leads me to this opinion.
You know what, im kinda glad Sue sat these dances out. On saying that, its a great thrill to see these lost gems and i thank P4PM and YMG for giving us that opportunity.
7 January 2012 22:58

Suefan said…

A little more camera time on Goldilocks would have been nice while one of those guys looks like he’s earned himself a high kick!
19 January 2012 11:12

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Flick Colby’s Ruby Flipper – Beautiful Noise

Lena’s Music 1 August 1979:
Flick Colby’s Ruby Flipper dance while Lena Martell sings Beautiful Noise.

Thanks to Andeebee for the youtube post.

from the old blog, Wednesday, 18 january 2012

Thanks again to PattiforPM, who sent me this clip of Ruby Flipper from Lena Martell’s show, dancing to her singing Neil Diamond’s Beautiful Noise. Lots of literal choreography here…

comments:

julian said…

Lena sings well and always has a very good voice but in this series, the lack of an audience, a visible live orchestra and a chorus to relate to/with, meant the the show had no atmosphere. She looks bored, static and the whole show including Lena and the dancers on this clip lack energy. It looks as if they filmed a dry run of the show in the old BBC Glasgow studios in 1979. The producer(the late Robin Nash I think) clearly didn’t get that what this perfomer (whose voice and impressions were her forte) needed showcasing in a much more traditional format – the kind had been used to being part of as a guest in in her owns shows on TV since she was discivered in cabaret and theatre ain the late 1950’s.

Lena went on to play every major venue and gained radio and TV awards and gold discs across the globe until major ill health took its toil in the mid 1980’s and early 1990’s (including cancer) follwd by bankruptcy. These days (and since 2000) Lena, who is now is in her mid 70’s, is funny and much more relaxed and engaging as a performer and she’s still seling out on regular tours!

This TV show led to her only muti million selling Number 1 in 4 countries including the UK, but this series was far below the standard of her previous work, Indeed, her series in 1977 `Make the Music Speak’, produced by the award winning David Mallet (of Kenny Everett show fame) with a 1930’s style caberet setting, was much, much better than ‘Lena’s Music’; though the album of the same name won her a platinum disc in the UK and hige sales abroad.

4 February 2012 19:46

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Ruby Flipper – A Fifth of Beethoven

Top of the Pops, 29 July 1976:
Ruby Flipper dance to A Fifth of Beethoven by Walter Murphy and his Big Apple Band.

Since this is based on a piece of classical music, presenter David Hamilton starts of with a variation on all-time classic creaky corny “just-flew-in … arms tired” gag beloved of stand of comedians.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Wednesday, 10 march 2010:

More Ruby Flipper on TOTP, on the 29th of July 1976. The music is A Fifth of Beethoven by Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band, a bit of kitschy funked-up classical fluff used in Saturday Night Fever.

Oh my! This clip has got me in quite a quandry. I just can’t decide who has the best legs. What do you think?

Comments:

Carl said…

Wow!!!!!
and Shhhhhhhh! Let’s enjoy music and picture co-ordination while it lasts for this routine.
Finally a chance to see the authentic version of the Flipsters routine in it’s full uncensored glory.
Who’d have thought even Beethoven could be put into a disco groove – with great success!
16 January 2011 00:12

PattiforPM said…

Let me think – Patti has the best legs YMG
30 April 2011 02:43

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Ruby Flipper – The Flasher

Top opt the Pops, 24 June 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to The Flasher by Mistura.

Thanks to panspeople.com for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Thursday, 28 October 2010:

Am I a square? I’ve certainly never heard of The Flasher or Mistura, whether they’re featuring Lloyd Michels or not. I hear it’s an old Northern Soul Favourite. Anyway, here’s Cherry in the cutest Grass skirt, Patti in a posh frock and tiara, and Sue channelling the spirit of Shirley Temple: along with the usual Ruby Flipper blokes.

Sorry lads: of course I regard your dancing skills with the utmost respect, but that respect is drowned out by the howling gale of envy: my own envy, and the mountain of aggregate envy from every teenage boy in Britain in the summer of 1976. Peace.

Comment:

Carl said…

A routine with some eclectic costumes and the Ruby Flipper routine with the most lifts. Gavin and Phil seem to manage fine but Floyd is straining a little near the end, lifting Sue.
An instrumental long consigned to obscurity but a decent enough tune.
20 January 2011 19:21

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