Legs & Co. – Wordy Rappinghood

Top Of The Pops 9 July 1981:
Legs & Co. dance to Wordy Rappinghood by Tom Tom Club

These groovy little outfits with chunky triangular decorations and big fringes have an air of cartoon cave girl quality: combined with the unison dancing of charleston moves, the whole performance has the feel of a night club chorus line in a Flintstones cartoon. In a good way, I mean. A spirited performance.

Though rap had been around for a few years by 1981, it was still a chart novelty in the UK. Just as had happened with calypso before it, performances by uncool square people who Should Have Known Better would eventually give rap by White Folks a terrible name. But all that was in the future, and Tina Weymouth and her sister manage to give a creditable performance here. From one of my favourite records of 1981.

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