Monday, 24 February 2014

Legs & Co. - MacArthur Park

He's another BBC4 repeat upgrade for a routine originally posted in UK Gold VHS form. Legs & Co. dance to Donna Summer's version of "MacArthur Park" written by Jimmy Webb and originally a hit for Richard Harris.

A suitably weird bit of choreography for a weird song: Pauline, Gill and Lulu start are dressed up as branches of a huge tree that Lulu dances around, waving a literal cake about, in full cutey-pie mode with a big white bow in her hair. The yellow dress is a bit more lyrical literalness, though the yellow dress the song feres to is cotton, while Lulu's appears to be some sort of sparkly stuff. Lamé perhaps?

Things get a bit less weird once the disco beat kicks in after a minute or so, and everyone but Lulu appears sans branches in a bit of video overlay.

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If you enjoy Jimmy Webb's brand of baroque pop weirdness, I recommend Richard Harris's performance of "The Hive": it still gives me the shivers. "In the parking lot, they're lettering a sign..."

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Legs & Co. - Now That We’ve Found Love

Here's another upgrade of a routine previously posted in gloriously gloopy VHS-ripped format: now thanks to BBC4, we have a pristine version.

Legs & Co. dance to Third World's disco/reggae fusion-crossover "Now That We've Found Love".

Watch on youtube | download from mediafire (21.1 MB) unzip with password: OFTD

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Les Girls - Samson & Delilah

Here's another example of Flick Colby's choreography work for Les Girls, resident dance group on Les Dawson's Sez Lex TV show in 1972.

They're dancing on the show's unique multi-layered, audience-incorporating set, behind Middle of the Road, who are performing "Samson & Delilah".

Middle of the Road were, as Les announces them, from Glasgow. Considered one-hit-wonders in the UK, their only big hit here was so catchy and annoying that even now I'm reluctant to mention it, lest you all find it stuck in your heads for days: be warned, but click here if you really must know what it was. They seem to have had longer lasting success in Europe, with this num,her amongst others.

As with my previous Les Girls posts, the choreography, though definitely Flick's, is necessarily more light-entertainment, family-show than what we're used to. But worth a watch.

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Les Girls - But I'm Not

Ages ago, I posted a few examples of Flick Colby's choreography for Les Dawson's Sez Lez series in 1972, featuring that show's resident "Les Girls" dance troupe. Forum regular Jez has pointed me in the direction of a few more routines, with I thought eminently worth posting here.

Gilbert O'Sullivan was pretty much a jokey figure back in the early seventies, thanks in no small part to his management's decision to promote him with lashing of eeh-bah-gum clitheroe-kid Northern Working Class schtick. Since than, mostly due to Danny Baker's championing of him as a songwriter (who could give ole Morrissey a run for his misery money) he's been at least partly rehabilitated.

The choreography here is recognizably Flick's, but filtered through some constraints:

  1. TV light-entertainment sensibilities (i.e. lots of toothy grins from the girls),
  2. no real say in setting or camera-work, so the performance is by necessity directed simply toward the audience rather than the cameras, and
  3. working with a dozen dancers requires a different kind of choreograohy than a small group of four, five or six: much more unison work, much less individual performance.
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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Pan's People - brief out-take from Ghetto Child

It's getting harder and harder to find unseen performances by Pan's People to post here, so I make no apologies for the brevity of this clip, kindly supplied by PattiforPM: from TOTP, 11 October 1973: Kenny Everett introduces Pan's People, and then... nothing happens!. barely a minute, but I though it was worth posting. See the immediately-following routine here.

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Monday, 27 January 2014

Legs & Co on the Generation Game.

Thanks to Forum regular Andeebee, who has posted this clip on YouTube.It's a full-length version of Legs & Co's appearance on larry Grayson's version of British TV giant hame show, The Generation Game. No Sue or Lulu, but we do get to se Floid, and a couple of other blokes. Also featuring a rare appearance from Flick.

Download from Mediafire (126 MB zipped MP4 file: unzip password: "OFTD")

Thanks Andeebee.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Legs & Co. - The Groove Line (upgrade)

Happy New Year all. Sorry for the long silence.

I've posted this routine before, but last year's BBC 4 repeat of ToTP episode from February 2nd 1978 has given me a chance to post this better-quality version.

Legs & co. dance to The Groove Line by Heatwave.

Some rather skimpy outfits here: so skimpy that they're literally held together with bits of string. But frustratingly "mo dy" lighting. Are the two perhaps connected? Did the producer, worried at showing so much bare flesh on a Thursday early-evening "family" show give the order to tone the lights down?

Watch on | youtube | Download from Mediafire (24 MB)