Pan’s People – Seasons in the Sun

Top of the Pops, 28 March 1974: Pan’s People dance Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks.

Many thanks to the generous anonymous donor who sent this rare clip for the old blog last year.

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Legs & Co. – Stomp

Top of The Pops 27 March 1980: Legs & Co. dance to Stomp by the Brothers Johnson.

Thanks again to SuPaLu for the YouTube post.

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Legs & Co. – It’s A Love Thing

Top of the Pops, 26 March 1981: Legs & Co. dance to It’s A Love Thing by The Whispers.

Legs & Co dance around and upon a clump of plinths sitting on a giant checkerboard. A nice undemanding bit of choreography to a nice, undemandingly competent disco hit of the time.

I can’t seem to find any record of this routine appearing on the old blog. The Whispers, as a fairly successful US soul/disco act, lacked the resources to travel internationally to promote their records: so they were one of Legs & Co.’s regular sources of dance material. Of course back in 1981 the video revolution was poised to change all that, removing the need for pop TV shows to maintain groups of expensive professional dancers, to provide visuals while the music played.

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Pan’s People – Yesterday

Top of the Pops, 25 march 1976: Pan’s People dance to The Beatles’ Yesterday.

From the old blog, Friday, 26 August 2011:

Yet another generous contribution from PattiforPM: here are Pan’s People dancing to the Fab Four’s Yesterday, part of the great Beatles reissued-singles chart onslaught of 1976.

Comments:

Some Guy said…

Thanks P4PM, another late PP treat, dont remember this dance first time round. Like the imaginative choreography with the large circular steps and love Cherrys dead pan stare at 1.17 also. All super stuff.
27 August 2011 08:39

Suefan said…

Like Ryan I like the choreography; the costumes, now that’s another matter.
27 August 2011 15:14

PattiforPM said…

I too love Cherry’s commanding performance here. The costumes are a little strange, perhaps biblical grass skirts but I’m not sure. Where’s Ms Emmapeelpants our resident fashionista when we need her?
29 August 2011 01:57

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Legs & Co. – Sunny

Top Of The Pops 24 March 1977: Legs & Co. dance to “Sunny” by Boney M.

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Legs & Co – Rumour Has It

Top Of The Pops 23 March 1978: Legs & Co dance to Rumour Has It by Donna Summer

Thanks to SuPaLu for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Monday, 14 February 2011:

It’s a glamourous life, dancing on Top of the Pops every week, wearing beautiful outfits. Legs & Co. dance to Donna Summer’s Rumour Has It.

Comments:

PattiforPM said…

Thanks YMG, one of Ms.Colby’s really inventive routines and who else could look this sexy in these outfits I ask you?
16 February 2011 01:09

Suefan said…

I bet Coronation Street never looked this good.
18 February 2011 12:22

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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.

Comments:

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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