Suefan recently sent me this clip, in response to a request from PattiforPM. it's Legs & Co, dancing to The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's Hooked on Classics.
Jings. I've no desire to criticise either the choreography or the dancing, but this record really is the ultimate example of the dreadful late seventies/early eighties fashion for medley-with-a-click-track-shoved-in records. I'm no musical stuffed shirt: I'll take vernacular pop music over academic music any day of the week: but pop music, already heavy on rhythm and beat, can stand up to this relentless heavy-handed bump-click a lot better than the lightweight romantic stuff that's being butchered here. And who is to blame? The RPO musicians? A group of professionals I'm sure, who consider it their job to take on whatever work is offered. The producers? Professionals again, doubtless with families to feed. TOTP? BBC? L&C? They all have the task of reflecting the nation's taste. Who's left to blame then? I blame the people who actually bought this vile thing, in enough numbers to ensure that it was forced on the rest of us. And the same people who bought Start on 45, Tight Fit's Back to the Sixties, and all the other Frankendisco records. Pah!
But thanks to Suefan nonetheless, for the clip; and PattiforPM for the opportunity to rant.