Contributor ilovelulu posted a clip of Legs & Co. dancing to Kool & the Gang's Take It to the Top a long time ago. Here's an upgraded, watchable version.
Monday, 31 January 2011
Sunday, 30 January 2011
As requested by Carl, here's Ruby Flipper - Don't Go Breaking My Heart. Since there's wearing the same outfits as the previously posted Morning Glory routine, it's no surprise that this is from the same TOTP episode (26-8-1976). Such fabulous costumes: Cherry should always wear purple and gold.
Like most of my clips from the EinsFestival TOTP repeats, this one was put up on YouTube by nyrainbow4, so thanks are due to him or her.
Saturday, 29 January 2011
Here's a third performance of Way Down by Legs & Co. this time in the same outfits they wore when dancing to Jonathan Richman's Roadrunner Twice. Interspersed again with still picture of The King, and audience dancer shots (look out for a couple of lulu wannabees at 1:00–1:03).
Thanks yet again to PattiforPM who took the trouble to send this clip.
Friday, 28 January 2011
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.
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Here's a solo performance from Cherry, to Mud's Shake It Down on TOTP.
Update: the old crumby UK-Gold-VHS clip that was embedded here no longer works: but no matter, I've posted a newer better version. Yay!
Thanks to Amy for this clip, and apologies for taking so long to post it.
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
In response to a request from Jez, PattiforPM has sent me this clip: Legs & Co. dancing to Donna Summer's theme from the movie "The Deep", Down Deep Inside.
Thanks again, PattiforPM. Update: and thanks to SuPaLu for reposting the clip.
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
I posted a routine performed to Elvis Presley's Way Down a few days ago: here's another one, contributed by PattiforPM. This time, we ge one more dancer (Lulu), no cutaways to the audience, a lot less cutaways to pictures of The King, and (gasp) more than one camera angle!
Monday, 24 January 2011
Saturday, 22 January 2011
Suefan has sent me this clip of Legs & Co. dancing to Elvis Presley's Way Down. Well, four of legs & Co. And most of the time we're looking at pictures of Elvis, or the audience: and when you do see the dancers, it's usually only Sue, with Patti in the distance. But I suppose this was a minor performance: on the same week's TOTP they danced to Silver Lady in the same costumes.
Thursday, 20 January 2011
Thanks again to Amy for sending this clip.
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
I hope we can all ignore the creepy specky bloke in this clip, and concentrate of the important bits: Lulu's dancing. This song, It Only Takes A Minute is of course originally a Tavares number, and in the same episode of TOTP, Ruby Flipper danced to their Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel. And a busy night it was too: here Lulu's wearing the same peasant girl outfit that all the girls wore for the Beatles' Back in the USSR, that same episode.
Since this is Ruby-Flipper-era Lulu, she's got her original cutie-pie hairstyle, rather than the later perm that so many critics seem to dislike. (Not me, though: I'm happy with any Lulu at all, whatever the hairstyle.) Many thanks to Amy for this clip.
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
I've hardly posted any Pan's People routines recently: it's getting increasingly difficult to find anything new. So to make up for it, here's a real treat: Their entire 1974 In Concert show!
Tap dancing! Singing! Solo Spots! Audience Participation! Childhood photographs! Pretentious Nonsense! And of course, Deedee and Louise's infamously daring Buddy Miles Experience performance!
I've already posted this routine, way back in the early days, before I couls embed video. But that nice MrOldiesUnlimited2 has just recently posted the clip to YouTube, so that's a good enough reason for me to post it again; this time embedded.
Can you see what the costume designer did here? The song (by Trammps, of course) has the word "Disco" in the title, so they've attached gold "Discs" to the costumes. Well, no you can't really, cause the vision mixer insisted on overlaying epilepsy-inducing Flashing! Disco! Lights! over the whole performance.
Monday, 17 January 2011
Here's a great clip sent by PattiforPM: Legs & Co. dancing to Althea & Donna's Uptown Top Ranking.
Many thanks to PattiforPM for sending this clip.
Sunday, 16 January 2011
Legs & Co. dance to Ottawan's Hands Up. My previous embedded clip of this performance died a while ago, so it's time for a repost. Since I've sworn not to pick and choose favourite dancers, and to remain impartial, I try to avoid discussing individuals: so I'll only say that I don't think Rosie suits her hair up at all, but Lulu does.
...and I was very impressed with Lulu's mighty jump-kick at 1:03.
Saturday, 15 January 2011
I posted this clip, of Pan's People dancing to Robert Knight's Love on a Mountain Top way back before I'd worked out how to embed video clips. So I thought it was high time I posted itagain, this time in watchable form.
Friday, 14 January 2011
Here's Legs & Co. on Top of the Pops, dancing to Is This Love? by Bob Marley And the Wailers. From the height of Lulu's "Footballer's Perm" period, even the others have caught the perm bug: certainly Pauline, Patti and Gill are looking pretty curly: only Rosie & Sue are holding out for straight hair. (Thoughtless error corrected; thanks to Ryan & Hadeel for spotting it.)
Thursday, 13 January 2011
Here are Lulu, Patti & Sue dancing to the Commodores Three Times A Lady, with interspersed documentary clips of the band driving about the UK in limos.
Many thanks to Amy for sending this clip.
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
I posted a clip of Gill's very brief appearance in Minder a few days ago: now here's Cherry Gillespie's more substantial role in a later episode, Whatever Happened to Her Indoors?, from 1991
It's a small part, but big compared to Gill's few seconds.
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Here's a surprisingly camp Steve Wright, introducing Legs & Co., who dance behind bars to The Clash's Bank Robber. This routine often comes up whenever anyone complains about over-literal choreography, but it's not that bad. I don't see any domino masks, for instance, or sacks with "SWAG" written on them.
Thanks to PattiforPM for another clip, in response to Jef's request.
Here are Legs & Co. writhing around on the floor, crawling over a huge TV-AM-style sofa, and dancing to Rodney Franklin's The Groove. But the TOTP wardrobe department seems to have forgotten about skirts or trousers for them. Oh dear!
Suefan kindly sent me this clip, in response to a request from PattiforPM.
Download link (25 MB).
Sunday, 9 January 2011
Here's Legs & Co, dancing with some suitcases, while Randy Vanwarmer sings Just When I Needed You Most. Once again, I've lost track of who sent me this clip. Please let me know so I can thank you properly.
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.
Thanks once again to Amy & Kace for another great clip.
Here's Legs & Co. dancing to one of those lame medley record's that seemed to infest the charts arounf 1980: in this case, Enigma's Ain't No Stopping Us. I'm afraid I've lost the identity of the generous person who sent me this.
Update: Amy's the generous donor: thanks, Amy.
Sorry about the low quality of both image and sound here. Can anyone contribute a better version?
Download from Rapidshare (22.3 MB)
Friday, 7 January 2011
To celebrate Sue reaching 200 appearances on this blog, Suefan has sent me this solo performance, dancing to James Galway's instrumental verson of John Denver's Annie's Song.
Thanks for the clip, Suefan!
Thursday, 6 January 2011
By request from Kacey, here's a clip provided by PattiforPM: Legs & Co, dance to Blondoe's Heart of Glass on Top of The Pops.
Thanks to PattiforPM for the clip.
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
I posted highlight of Legs & Co's appearance on Tiswas a while ago: but it seems that Amy and Kacey just can't get enough of people flinging custard pies and buckets of water at the girls, so they've sent me this full version.
At least we get to see Sue and Gill bravely leading the fight back in this version.
Notice anything familiar about these outfits? Yes, these are the costumes that Legs & Co. wore when they were so cruelly pelting with flans and buckets of water on Tiswas (highlights here, full clip coming soon.) Here they manage to stay clean and dry while dancing to Billy Joel's It's Still Rock and Roll to Me.
As requested by Kacey: many thanks to PattiforPM for providing this clip.
Sunday, 2 January 2011
PattiforPM asked for this clip of Legs & Co. dancing to KC and the Sunshine Band's Please Don't Go. I didn't have a copy, but once again Suefan came to the rescue. Many thanks.
Update: Embedded video clip no longer plays, but I've posted a new, better quality version here.
Various download links (23 MB)
Here's Legs & Co dance to Andrew Gold's How Can this be Love on TOTP. Featuring some classic literal choreography on every occurance of the word "cry". And some of the tightest trousers I've ever seen.
Thanks to Kacey for sending this clip.
Saturday, 1 January 2011
Kacey & Amy sent this clip, saying "We would like to give patti4pm this video, as think he will like it: and everybody else too." Legs & Co., dressed as gentlemen farmers, dance to the Bee Gees' How Deep is Your Love.
The voice-over introduction is definitely Noël Edmunds, but the station bug in the top left corner, and the French subtitles suggest a European cable/satellite channel. Anyone know who RFM-TV are?
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Rapidshare Link (18.1 MB)