PansRubyLegs has sent me this clip of Zoo dancing to Unique's What I've Got is What You Need, their last appearance on TOTP. Many thanks.
Thursday, 26 April 2012
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Here's another Legs & Co. clip sent by the generous pattiforPM: dancing to Herbie Hancock's I Thought it was You o Top of the Pops. Thanks once again.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
A while ago I posted a low-quality version of this routine, kindly supplied by Amy, and I asked if anyone had a better version. It's Legs & Co. dancing to one of those cut & paste medley records: this one's by Engima. Now I've finally found a much improved version. My thanks to the anonymous donor.
Monday, 23 April 2012
Thanks again to Bucksby for sending me this clip: from TOTP 30th September 1982, featuring Zoo dancing to Roxy Music's Take a Chance With Me.
But why did old Kid Jensen make that "not the radio one deejays" remark at the start? As it turns out, this edition of Top of the Pops was celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of Radio One, and all the then-current deejays were appearing as guests: and earlier in the show, we had been "treated" to the sight of their attempts to dance with various Zoo members, to Adam & the Ants' Friend or Foe. If anyone ever aks you what "Dad Dancing" means, just show them this. Prepare yourselves...
I was concerned at first about the repeated picture-freezes on this clip: but that just shows how technology and atitudes change. I'm pretty sure these freezes are intentionally inserted by the video editors: back then in '82, being able to freeze the video image was the height of technological sophistication. Nowadays, a frozen video image make me think immediately "this streaming video is stuttering" or "some background process is hogging my computer processor".
Friday, 20 April 2012
Many thanks to Andy, whoi sent me this rare performance: Legs & Co. dancing to Jean-Michel Jarre's Oxygène IV, from Top of the Pops 8 September 1977. It's only a short excerpt (just under a minute) but given that rarity of the performance, I'm happy to get (and share) it.
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Legs & Co. dancing to the Police's So Lonely Apologies for the very ropey quality. This clip has already been posted on the blog years ago, but Ryan asked for a watchable version. Here you go, Ryan...
If you happen to have a better quality version of this clip, I'd love to see it (see uploading widget at the foot of this page).
Monday, 16 April 2012
Here's another clip from Donna Sommer's long reign at the top of the 1977 pop charts with I Feel Love. More and more camera shots of the audience milling around, another bunch of donna Sommer pics on the big screen, and all-to-brief glimpses of Legs & Co. in their Roadrunner Twice outfits (and prop car).
If you want to compare all the different I Feel Love performances, here's a handy link. Thanks again to PattiforPM, who sent this clip.
Saturday, 14 April 2012
Back in the days before music videos became ubiquitous, occasionally monster hits Donna Sommer's like I Feel Love or Elvis' Way Down would hog the number one spot for weeks. And by the Ten Commandments Of Pop, The Number One Shall Always Be Played On TOTP, even when the artist is dead (like Elvis) or elsewhere in the world (like Donna). This means we end up with multiple Legs & Co. appearances on successive weeks, dancing to the same number. We;ve already got one example on the blog from 21 July 77 here, and another from the christmas show here. Thanks to the generosityof Bucksby, here's another one: from the end of the show on 11 Aug 1977, introduced and, concluded by Kid Jensen.
This would be their fourth appearance dancing to the same song, and though the girls are nothing but professional, you can sense that the producers, and probably Flick too, are getting thoroughly sick of having to come up with a new way to present the same song. So we get a screen displaying stills of DS, cameras flitting about round the studio audience, and Legs & Co on a podium in the background, with Sue off somewhere else dancing with our old pal Floyd.
Sunday, 8 April 2012
Here's another of those blink-and-you'll-miss-them appearances from Legs & Co. - behind Kirsty MacColl singing her masterpiece, There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears he's Elvis.
I'm a little disorganised I'm afraid, so I've lost track of who I have to thank for this clip: Bucksby, I think. Please excuse my muddle, folks.
Since the BBC have decided against re-broadcasting the Top of the Pops of 31 march 1977, PattifrorPM has kindly sent me a copy of Legs & Co's performance from that show: dancing to David Soul's Going In With My Eyes Open.
Update: Whoops! Looks like I spoke too soon: the Beeb is scheduled to show this episode after all. Thanks to everyone who was paying attention, even when I wasn't.
Thanks once again, PattiforPM.
Sunday, 1 April 2012
Here's another relegated-to-the-audience performance: Legs & Co. dance in blonde wigs behind Blondie tribute act This Year's Blonde.
The combination of blonde wigs and the lack of camera attention makes it impossible to identify individual dancers, so I'll credit the five who appeared identifiable on the same TOTP edition (again in a supporting role) behind the Tweets. Thanks again to Bucksby for sending the clip.