Here's another video collage by HotLegsPansRuby, this time concentrating on Patti's performances with Ruby Flipper.
Thursday, 31 March 2011
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Here's another clip from the generous PattiforPM (thank you!). Legs & Co. dance to Heatwave's The Groove Line. Top of the Pops February 2 1978.
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
I've avoided posting mashups and redubs on this blog in the past: but HotLegsPansRuby's video collages are very popular over on the discussion forum, so I thought they deserved to be shown here. This first one focusses on Sue's performances with Pan's People.
It's Christmas Day 1977 on Top of the Pops. We've already seen one of L&C's two performances on this show: as Santa Floyd's reindeer in Sir Duke.
For their second performance's outfits, they've turned to another christmas tradition: the Pantomime Principal Boy, where the young male protaganist (Prince Charming is the obvious example) is played by a woman in blokes clothes, i.e. big thigh-length boots and a floppy hat. So here are six principle boys, with all their thigh-slapping gusto, dancing to Emerson Lake & Palmer's Fanfare for the Common Man.
Monday, 28 March 2011
In their last year as dancers on TOTP, Legs & Co. seemed to be increasingly marginalised: more and more often they seemed to be mixed in with the studio audience, justr part of the background behind the performing artists. Here's a typical example: behind The Polecats, covering Mr Bowie's John I'm Only Dancing.
Sunday, 27 March 2011
This routine, Legs & Co. dancing to the Jacksons' Can You Feel It, was first posted here ages ago by ilovelulu. Recently on the forum, Dave asked for a playable version, and PattiforPM has generously sent me a higher-quality copy of the clip. So here it is...
From TOTP, April 2 1981: the New Romantic movement, building from the late seventies, was well into the mainstream by this time: and the outfits here are based on a New Romantic fashion standard, the Pirate Look: long 17th-18th century nautical boots, long tunics and sashes over puffy shirts. Aharrr. Thanks to PattiforPM.
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Here's an almost complete edition of This Is Your Life, featuring Babs Powell (née Lord), featuring most of her PP mates, and yert another outing for that Porridge "Beautiful Babs" gag.
Thanks to Suefan & Doubleday on the discussion forum for spotting this clip.
Friday, 25 March 2011
Here's another late-period Legs & Co Clip clip, where they're reduced to backing dancer status, in this case supporting Ten Pole Tudor's Swords of a Thousand Men.
Update: Thanks to ASmK9412 for the YouTube repost.Download link (21.3 MB)
Thursday, 24 March 2011
Here's a short clip of Babs, Ruth Deedee & Cherry being interviewed at the launch of an exhibition of photographs last year. Going by the microphone logo, I'm guessing it's at the V&A.
Thanks to pastpanfan over at panspeople.net, who found the clip.
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
What happens if you digitise a VHS video clip then scale it without first de-interlacing? you get ugly horizontal lines all over your video, like this:
I will be eternally greatful to anyone who can send me a better quality clip of this performance.
Update: the original YouTube post was killed by The Kopyright Kops: but here's another copy, found by Clayre: many thanks!
Monday, 21 March 2011
We had a little bit of out-of-season Christmas magic last week with Sir Duke. Here's a bit more unseasonable cheer: Pan's People dancing to Nilsson's Without You. But first, the famous moment when Toe-Knee Back-Bum gives them their Christmas present: Cherry's debut. And for a brief moment between introductions (about 0:31), we see TB as he truly is: a Soul-less Light Entertainment Zombie.
The other famous trivia fact about this clip is how much Flick hated these big puffy white dresses. And I can see what she means. Any Seinfeld fans who've seen the Puffy Shirt episode will have no trouble imagining what went on in Pan's People's dressing room before this performance.
Sunday, 20 March 2011
I've already posted one Legs & Co. performance to Donna Summer's I Feel Love from the 1977 Christmas edition of TOTP. Here's another version, from earlier that year.
Saturday, 19 March 2011
Here's another clip from John Denver's 1974 BBC show. John sings The Mermaid while Pan's People, dressed as mermaids, comb their hair and lure foolish sailors to their doom.
Friday, 18 March 2011
It's Christmas in March! And here's Santa Floyd with his six lovely reindeer, dancing to Stevie Wonder's Sir Duke.
Thanks again to PattiforPM for the clip.
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Here's a clip of Pan's People fro their regular spot as guest on John Denver's BBC Variety show: John sings Cole Porter's You're The Top and the girls dnace in thirties frocks (the thirties were big in the seventies). Not sure of the date, but given that we have both Cherry and Louise, I'm guessing 1974.
I'm afraid this clip manages to miss part of the first line of the song: always unfortunate, but particularly with a carefully unconventional lyricist like Cole Porter. The whole first line is "At words poetic, I'm so pathetic".
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
That nice MrOldiesunlimited2 continues to post clips on YouTube: here's Legs & Co dancing to Walk right now by The Jacksons on Top of The Pops, 16/7/1981.
Update; Look like those Copyright Bullies have done it again: instead of applauding MrOldiesUnlimited2 for voluntarily promoting their stuff, they've persuaded YouTube to close his account. Punishing your enthusiastic fans like this seems pretty short-sighted to me.
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
A Clip of Hot Gossip dancing to Lou Reed's Walk On The Wild Side, from a Thames TV technician's Christmas tape, was posted ages and ages ago on this blog. Here's the rare original version from the Kenny Everett Video Show.
Monday, 14 March 2011
I'm not sure what Rosie and Gill have done, but it must have been serious for them to be segregated like this: perhaps Strict Miss Colby caught them passing notes during rehearsals when they should have been paying attention? Anyway, the two of them are separated from the others for in this routine, dancing to the Detroit Emeralds' Feel the Need in Me in little black outfits with sequins and lace: looking like showgirls in mourning.
Sunday, 13 March 2011
Noel Edmunds introduces Legs & Co in Film Noir raincoats, but not for very long, dancing to Suspicion by Elvis Presley, on Top of the Pops. Thanks to PattiforPM for sending this in.
Saturday, 12 March 2011
Dramatic mood lighting? Bare feet? Wind machine? Must be Serious Ballad Time on TOTP. Here's Legs & Co. dancing to 's Lately.
But wait: there's another reason for all the sombre looks: as Ryan points out in the comments, it's Pauline last Legs appearance. Aw.
Friday, 11 March 2011
Here are Legs & Co. as colour-coded, shades-wearing fairy princesses, dancing to Fern Kinney's Together We Are Beautiful. Interspersed with pictures of famous couples, including our own Pauline's wedding photograph at 1:36. I don't recognise the couple at 0:44 (famous people I don't recognise usually turn out to be sporty folk). Thanks once again to PattiforPM for this clip.
Thursday, 10 March 2011
Here's another clip that I could have sworn that I'd posted long, long ago. but doesn't appear when I search the blog. It's Pan's People dancing to David Cassidy's Walking the the Rain.
Download link is on the way...
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Here's another Hot Shoe Show clip featuring Cherry that they unearthed over at www.panspeople.net.
This one sets off two big alarm sirens. AWOOGAH! AWOOGAH! That's the sound of my highly sensitive Bonnie Langford Alarm. There's a fair amount of toothsome gingerness in this clip. And she even sets off my second alarm: oOoOoEeEeEeAaAaEeEoOoOo! oOoOoEeEeEeAaAaEeEoOoOo! That's the sound of my Inappropriate Rapping Alarm. She does some rapping awful enough to make you wince.
But Bonnie's rubbish rapping does serve some purpose: it means that when Cherry herself starts behaving like a member of the Sugarhill Gang later in the routine, she doesn't sound too bad. Compared to BL I mean.
Monday, 7 March 2011
Kid Jensen, in a pith helmet, introduces Legs & Co. dancing to Azymuth's Jazz Carnival. The descriptions he gives for the outfits seem a bit arbitrary: a green leopard? A purple & orange striped chameleon? Almost as if they designed the costumes first, then afterwards decided what they were meant to be. All rather silly, in a delightful sort of way.
Sunday, 6 March 2011
It's been fairly quiet over at panspeople.net recently: but they're not dead yet, bye a long shot. Oh, no. Why, only recently ianclog and andy discovered some YouTube clips from The Hot Shoe Show featruring Cherry Gillespie! Whoopee! Here she is singing One Good Reason. Thanks for the diligent research work, chaps.
Here's more from Marc Bolan's 1977 Granada TV Show: Heart-Throb dancing to Get On by Hurriganes. Choreography by ITV's Teri Scoble.
Doesn't "Teri Scoble" sound like a fictional name? Something like a fictionalised version of "Flick Colby"? Of course I don't mean to doubt the existence of TS.
Saturday, 5 March 2011
I've already posted this clip of Legs & Co. dancing to Leon Heywood's Don't Push it, Don't Force It, back in the days before I got the hang of embedded video. But I've found the same clip posted on YouTube recently, so I thought I'd share.
Update: Oops! The Kopyright Keystone Kops have forced ole' YouTube to take the clip down: here's a different version.
Friday, 4 March 2011
Here's more of Teri Scoble's Heart-Throb on Marc: dancing to The Bay City Rollers' You Made Me Believe in Magic. You can tell we're back in the groovy seventies by the clunky blue-screen analogue video effects.
Thanks to MrOldiesunlimited2 who posted this on YouTube.
Thursday, 3 March 2011
Working in the days before promotional videos became ubiquitous, Legs & Co. were most often called upon to work with American dance music, where the artists were not usually available to perform on TOTP. Here's an example: Crown Heights Affair's You Gave Me Love.
Thanks to Suefan & PattiforPM, both of whom sent me this clip.
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
I posted a clip of Heart-Throb, the dance troupe choreographed by Teri Scoble for Mac Bolan's ITV show Marc a long time ago (here). With renewed interest on the forum in Teri's work on ITV children's pop shows, I've found a few more routines on TouTube which I thought I'd share. For this first clip, the music is I Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet by Gonzalez.
Thanks to Jez for suggesting the idea.
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
Here's a clip featuring Legs & Co. in lacey outfits, dancing to Queen's Another One Bites the Dust on Top of the Pops.
Thanks again to the mysterious Bonanza for sending me this clip.