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Pan’s People – The Hustle

Top of the Pops 26 June 1975: Pan’s People dance to The Hustle by Van McCoy

Here’s a classic routine that I’ve been seeking out for years: Pan’s People dance to the instrumental (well, with occasional choral shouts) that was absolutely The Sound of the summer of 1975: Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony’s “The Hustle”.

Many thanks to the anonymous contributor who sent me this marvellous performance.

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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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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. – Cavatina

Top of the Pops, 21 June 1979:
Legs & Co. dance to Cavatina by John Williams.

From the old blog, Sunday, 10 october 2010:

Captain Peacock
Your attention please: Captain Peacock here. Mr. Rumbold and myself have become concerned at the slipping standards evident in this site recently. More and more people seem to be using the clips and downloads generously provided by our esteemed late employer, Young Mr. Grace, not for the original intended purpose (the appreciation of the terpsichorean artistry of these fine young ladies), but instead for purposes of lewd, lascivious and wanton self-gratification. Stop that sniggering at the back there: you know exactly what I’m talking about.

So, in an attempt to stem the tide of licentiousness, we have persuaded Young Mr. Grace to post an example of impeccable purity and chasteness. Here are Legs & Co. dancing to the beautiful Cavatina (theme from The Deer Hunter) played by that nice Hank Marvin John Williams (Mr. Rumbold says I should thank “Ryan” for spotting my error). Proper ballet dancing, in proper ballet costumes. And proper music too, not the wailing and crashing beat music that unfortunately seems to be the norm here.

So have a care, gentlemen: Myself and Mr. Rumbold are watching: and we will take a dim view of anyone who dares think of these most fragrant and virtuous flowers of womanhood in terms anything other than those they deserve. You filthy swine.

Comments:

Brian said…

Many thansks. Mr.Grace. Greatly appreciated.
10 October 2010 12:31

74benja81 said…

A lovely sound track by John Williams.That always brings a tear to my eye.With an exceptional Ballet dance by the lovely Legs and Co. What more can a man ask for in seeing and hearing in life. What Joy this clip brings to the soul! Nice posting. Benja 🙂
20 December 2011 21:03

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Legs & Co. – Take it to the Top

Top of the Pops, 18 June 1981: Legs & Co dance to Kool & the Gang’s Take It To The Top.

Thanks to ASmK for the YouTube post.

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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. – Show You the Way to Go

Top Of The Pops 9 June 1977:
Legs & Co. dance to “Show You the Way to Go” by The Jacksons.

Thanks to Andeebee for the youtube post.

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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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