Legs & Co. – Hooked on Classics

Top of the Pops, 30 July 1981: Legs & Co. dance to Hooked on Classics by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Update, 9 May 2015: I was jealous: The poster of the re-dubbed, augmented version of this routine obviously had a better quality version of the original recording than I did. Lo and behold, he’s sent in a copy of that higher-quality version, complete with original soundtrack, for us to enjoy! Grateful thanks to sNEaKY ReMaSTeR!

Gosh, the old me seems to be having a right cranky old rant about this record (below): looking at the routine again, I really don’t see what I was getting so worked up about. It’s a tongue-in-cheek production, bathetically combining high-art Classical Music with Low Commercial Click-Track production. Justy a bit of fun, really.

But I do still prefer Portsmouth Sinfonia’s take.

From the old blog, 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.

From the ridiculous to the sublime: A good antidote to this aweful record is the Portsmouth Sinfonia’s Classical Muddley.

There is however, something else annoying me today…

Here’s a different version of the same routine, also on YouTube, this time dubbed over with what I assume to be the posters’ own musical creation:

Now don’t get me wrong, here: It’s not that I object to overdubbing new bits of music on to old Legs & Co. routines. Or Pan’s People, or Ruby Flipper routines either. YouTube is awash with similar examples, and I take them all to be compliments to the original material.

I’m not going to make a habit of posting these overdubbed versions here since, it’s the original works I’m interested in. But I’m not going to get all purist and holier-than-thou about it, either. Live and let live, I say. Leben und leben lassen.

No, what’s really getting me annoyed is that this guy has a better quality copy of the original routine than I do. Aargh! The green-eyed monster consumes me.

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