Monday, 24 February 2014
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. dance to Third World's disco/reggae fusion-crossover "Now That We've Found Love".
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Saturday, 22 February 2014
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
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:
- TV light-entertainment sensibilities (i.e. lots of toothy grins from the girls),
- no real say in setting or camera-work, so the performance is by necessity directed simply toward the audience rather than the cameras, and
- 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.
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
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
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Wednesday, 8 January 2014
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?