Pan’s People – What Am I Gonna Do with You

Top of the Pops, 20 March 1975:
Pan’s People dance to What Am I Gonna Do with You by Barry White.

Pan’s People in posh white frocks dance to a classic romantic rumble from the “Walrus of Love”.

An example of the unpredictability of dry-ice: at times the clouds of carbon dioxide threaten to engulf the dancers entirely.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

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Legs & Co – Spirit of Radio

Top Of The Pops, 20 March 1980: Legs & Co. dance to Spirit of Radio by Rush

I’m willing to bet that the VT blokes at the BBC took delivery of a shiny new video effects system this week in 1980, and decided to try every single thing that it could do in this one performance.

But if you watch this visually incoherent mess carefully, you can spot bits of evidence that there really truly is a sophisticated bit of choreography going on in there.

Thanks to SuPaLu for the YouTube post.

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Pan’s People – The Tango’s Over

Top of the Pops 13 September 1974:
Pan’s People dance to The Tango’s Over with singer Mick Robertson

Here’s the last of this batch of rare 1974 Pan’s people Performances. If you’re old enough to remember this, you’ll probably remember this singer’s day job as the presenter of ITV kids’ show Magpie. And should someone not have told him to stick to that day job?

The song is clearly in a key that’s just a little too high for him: which might be understandable in a karaoke situation, but this is after all his own record. And his rabbit-in-the-headlights stage fright performance here might be understandable in an amateur performer thrust on the stage, but he’s a seasoned showbiz performer, well used to the TV studio.

Still, what better way to mask his inadequacy than shove Pan’s people in fromt of him?

Choreography-wise, I suppose there’s not much else you do with a tango tune that’s got “Tango” in the title. But flick builds a reasonable entertaining routine around the song.

My thanks again to the anonymous donor of these routines.

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Legs & Co. – Lately

Top of The Pops, 19 March 1981:
Legs & Co. dance to Lately by Stevie Wonder

From the old blog, Saturday, 12 March 2011:

Dramatic mood lighting? Bare feet? Wind machine? Must be Serious Ballad Time on TOTP. Here’s Legs & Co. dancing to Stevie Wonder’s Lately.

But wait: there’s another reason for all the sombre looks: as Some Guy points out in the comments, it’s Pauline’s final Legs appearance. Aw.


Some Guy said…

Goodbye and thankyou to lovely Pauline after this.
Not a fan of the low lighting and long shadows in this, but for me this is a quality routine all the same, and what a great song by Mr Wonder.
12 March 2011 08:44

Suefan said…

Your right Some Guy, it is a quality effort. That moment of repose close to the end is super.
12 March 2011 11:18

PattiforPM said…

Something primal about this that really appeals to me. I actually think the lightning contributes to the simplicity and style. All in all this one is great to relax a troubled mind for me
12 March 2011 16:44

jez said…

a sad time for the original line up of legs and co losing one of their mates who made her mark in history with the dance troupe
13 March 2011 09:43

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Pan’s People – Hot Love

Top of the Pops, 18 March 1971: T. Rex Perform Hot Love while Pan’s People dance on a separate stage.

From the old blog, Wednesday, 21 April 2010:

Here’s a little vintage Pan’s People from TOTP in 1971. It’s a performance by T. Rex in the studio, with Pan’s People giving more of a supporting performance than a full dance routine. Well worth watching nonetheless. Those knitted (or is it crochet?) bikini tops are just so 1971.

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Pan’s People – It’s Better to Have (and Don’t Need)

Top of the Pops, 27 September 74:
Pan’s People dance to It’s Better to Have (and Don’t Need) by Don Covay

Thanks to an anonymous donor, here’s another vintage Pan’s People routine that’s new to this site. A fine routine too, with the danceres looking relaxed and well-rehearsed.

Don Covay is more of a critics’ favourite than a huge crowd pleaser, but he’s probably my favourite soul singer of the sixties and seventies.

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Legs & Co. – Moody Blue

Top of the Pops, 17 March 1977: Legs & Co. dance to Moody Blue by Elvis Presley.

Sheer delight: our heroines in blue flouncy showgirl outfits, dancing to a lightweight but likeable song from The King. Vegas comes to Shepherd’s Bush.

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Legs & Co. – Is This Love

Top of the Pops 16 March 1978: Legs & Co. dance to ‘Is This Love’ by Bob Marley & The Wailers

There’s not much of a West Indian community in my home town: consequently, I’ve not been to many blues parties. But even a square like me knows that this is not really the authentic way to dance to reggae.

But you know what? I don’t care. Legs & Co. are looking lovely here, even down to the pom-poms on their toes (or are they bows?), and they’re they’re dancing well – in a very European, un-funky style perhaps – but so what?

This is a delightful routine to watch. Authenticity be damned.

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Legs & Co. – I Want Your Love

Top of the Pops 15/03/1979: Legs & Co. dance to I Want Your Love by Chic.

From the old blog, Thursday, 19 June 2014:

Chic numbers always seem to me to bring out the best in Flick’s choreography, and this one follows that pattern. A nice contrast between the cool detached formality of the big gown sequences, and the more sensual, sultry moves in the tiny outfits sections.

There’s a discussion of this performance going on, over on the OFTD forum.

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Pan’s People – Another Saturday Night

Here’s another rarity: a Pan’s People TOTP routine that’s new to this blog: they dance to Cat Stevens’ hit cover of Sam Cooke’s Another Saturday Night, 13 September 1974.

It’s takes a lot of chutzpah to cover a Sam Cooke song: your performance will always be compared with the master’s original. But Cat Stevens just about gets away with it.

The dancers’ performances and outfits are surprisingly jolly, given the sad edge to the lyrics subject matter: but I’m not complaining: it’s always nice to see them get the chance to goof around a little.

Many thanks to my anonymous donor for this excellent routine.

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