Tuesday, 30 September 2014
It's Legs & Co., dancing to Frantique's "Strut Your Funky Stuff" on Top of the Pops. From 13 September 1979.
There's nothing earth-shaking here: just a lot of fine dancing to a great example of a disco record from the period. Such a shame we must be denied it in our wretched universe.
Watch this clip on telly.com
Looks like SuPaLu has got the same pan-dimensional skills as me: youtube
My previous portal to a similar (if slightly less sharp) dimension, opened by PattiforPM, is still open.
Update: My telly.com embedded clip was working fine when I posted this earlier today: no it seems to be having problems. While I'm trying to sort it out, here's SuPaLu's youtube version:
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
The Song is called "I Wanna Dance", a fairly nondescript title which has hampered my attempts to find out anything more about it. Original Seeker Judith Durham seems to have sung it more than once. It's gone the feel of a number from a stage musical, I suppose: but I haven't been able to identify the composer(s).
Second Generation seems to have been founded by Dougie when he lost control of his previous song & dance project, The Young Generation: both troupes seem to be a response from within the Light Entertainemnt showbiz industry to the hippy invasion of broadway with shows like Hair and Godspell. Thus we get gender-mixed ensemble groups both dancing and singing. And always one token beardie guy. For Hippy kudos points perhaps?
Thanks again to Ryan for spotting this on Youtube.
Download from Mediafire 25.2 MB (password: ymg@oftd)
Sunday, 21 September 2014
True, the editing a little rough around the edges: but the source material was hardly ideal: and this is not about clever video editing techniques: it's about celebrating Ed's enthusiasm and appreciation for Pan's People.
Update: Whoops! broken embedded video fixed.
I've seen screen grabs from a complete colour version of the routine (though image quality is not great) so we can hope that a full colour version of the routine might become available for us on this blog someday. But meanwhile, at least we have this version. Thanks to Ed Lopez for sharing his efforts.
Friday, 19 September 2014
Thanks to Ryan for unearthing this treasure. If anyone wants a downloadble version of the clip, let me know.
Update: Mediafire download link (password: ymg@oftd)
Picture quality is acceptable, if not great. As too the choreography, I doubt Cherry's been given any instruction except "interpret the music".Many thanks to BB for this rare interesting find.
Watch on telly.com |download from mediafire 19 MB (password: ymg@oftd)
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Pans Legs also sent this message:
Hot Gossip are often referred to as a raunchy dance troupe, which some feel made Pan's People and Legs & Co. look tame. Obviously an unfair comparison as the troupes fulfilled different roles and Hot Gossip never had the likes of Bridget The Midget or The Smurf Song thrust upon them! To this viewer, Gossip's raunchiness felt forced and ultimately tedious... The difference with the Top of The Pops dance troupes is that when they were afforded the rare opportunity to turn up the heat, it was with an ease and the result retained both style and class. Did that make it any less effective? Dear me no! Here is a fine example, most probably deemed too raunchy to show in its complete form at the time on a very different show to the anything-goes, zany world of "The Kenny Everett Video Cassette". Cut short to two thirds its original length, here the full length version includes a brief reminder at the end of just how much hard work went into these performances. Thank you and Happy Birthday Sue!
I can add my own Happy Birthday wishes to Sue, and my thanks to Pans Legs for this rare treat.
Sunday, 24 August 2014
Pan's People, featuring Louise, dancing to Al Martino's Spanish Eyes, on Top of the Pops, 20th July 1973. I assume the original broadcast was in colour, but I'm grateful to have this monochrome version to show.
A lovely performances: or in fact two lovely performances mixed together: the demure, sedate dance in the big flowing, flouncy, flowery frocks contrasting nicely with the Busby-Berkeley-esque birds-eye view kaleidoscope choreography.
A fitting tribute to Louise: my thanks to the anonymous contributor.