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Pan’s People – Jeepster

Top of the Pops, 30 December 1971: Pan’s People dance to Jeepster by T-Rex.

I’ve got two different versions of this performance. The first (Above) is a good quality version from TOTP2, marred with their usual “interesting” comments graphics.

The second is a time-coded version including brief interviews with Pan’s People and Ed “Stewpot” Stewart, in a rakish eyepatch. Unfortunately, there’s no audio during the interviews, but we do see that lucky old Stewpot gets a kiss from each of the girls (except Flick). Judging by the timecode breaks, Ed’s behavious and the brief snatches of other artists, these interviews were dotted around that week’s show, between songs.

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Pan’s People – Stoney End

Top of the Pops, 30 December 1971:
Pan’s People dance to Stoney End by Barbara Streisand.

From their famous visit to HMS Triumph in 1971, in Momabsa. Of course if we tried to repeat this today, now that we’re sharing aircraft carriers with France, Pan’s People would have to share the ship with Les Claudettes.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 28 June 2011:

Here are Pan’s People proving the strategic importance of having an aircraft carrier in your fleet. Where else are they going to be able to Dance to Barbra Streisand’s Stoney End properly? Oh, and you need a decent-sized submarine, too.

Many thanks to VintageVideos, who sent me this improved version of the clip: from TOTP, 30-12-1971


Suefan said…

Many thanks YMG although I’m not sure I can get fully onboard with the setting for this one.
Better refrain from any puns about the sub as I know it would only get me into deep water.
7 July 2011 11:31

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Pan’s People – Seventh Son

Pan’s People dance while Georgie Fame sings Seventh Son

From Georgie Fame & Alan Price’s 27 November 1969 TV Show The Price of Fame.

Thanks to SeXiSiXties for the YouTube post.

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Pan’s People – Great Balls of Fire

A Pan’s People routine from Georgie Fame & Alan Price’s TV Show The Price of Fame on 20 November 1969. It’s the early Andi/Flick version of PP, dancing in classic early-seventies see-through yellow outfits, while Georgie & Alan sing and play Great Balls of Fire, and the titles roll.

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Pan’s People – Tap Turns On The Water

Top of the Pops, 16 September 1971:
Pan’s People dance to Tap Turns On The Water by CCS.

I had posted a version of this rare Pan’s People treat on the old blog: but as many people remarked, there were audio/video synching problems with it. Soon I was sent this properly synched version from a different source.

Pan’s People are dancing in a grand victorian palace of industry, which I thought at first was Battersea Power Station (being the ignorant provincial I am): but “OB” (aka Albert Trinker) soon put me right:

Turns out they’re in the Kempton Park pumping station. You can see the huge Engine No. 6 that they’re dancing on/in front of here.

Steam power and PP! Ticks so many boxes! 🙂

OB (aka Albert!)

I’m grateful to the generous donor who sent this clip, but I can’t remember if they had asked to remain anonymous or not. Please get in touch if you want to by credited by name.

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Pan’s People – Joy to the World

Top of the Pops, 17 June 1971:
Pan’s People dance to Joy to the World by Three Dog Night.

Thanks to thegoldenhits for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Wednesday, 2 September 2009:

My very first post on this blog was a version of this clip: now, thanks to EinsFestival, here’s a clearer version. Pan’s People dance to Three Dog Night’s Joy to the World.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Saville names this blog.

EinsFestival verdient unsere Dankbarkeit.

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Pan’s People: All-Time Top Twenty Countdown

Here’s a treat, in the style of a seventies TOTP chart rundown: The All-Time Top Twenty Pan’s People routines, as chosen by OFTD Forum members.

My thanks to Forum regulars VintageVideos and Legsfan, who have put this compilation together.

…And look our for their extra Valentine’s Day surprise at the end…

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Pan’s People – Wedding Bell Blues

Top Of The Pops 22 January 70:
Pan’s People dance to Wedding Bell Blues by The Fifth Dimension.

It’s a mass wedding on Top of the Pops, and Pan’s People are the six beautiful brides: but it’s a 1970 wedding, so they’ve forsaken the traditional long trained-dress, and gone with tiny micro-mini-dresses instead. And nothing says 1970 like faun go-go boots!

Looks like the camera was operated by an amateur wedding photographer, too: just one static shot for the whole performance.

Thanks to SuPaLu for the YouTube post.

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Pan’s People on “Night Club” 1972

Here’s an early christmas present, courtesy of forum regular Gaz: two extremely rare clips of Pan’s People performances from BBC2 Light Entertainment show “Night Club”.

Both routines show evidence of the complex choreographic Flick Colby was capable of with enough reparation and rehearsal time, outwith the constant mad dash of TOTP production.

1. Nothing Can Stop Me Now by Barry Crocker

17 August 1972: recorded at The Talk of the Town, London

This showstopper from 1965 musical “The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd” sees Pan’s people in Corset & Bodice outfits, during an energetic, complicated routine with skipping ropes while Barry Crocker (now probably best know for this) sings.

2. Theme From Shaft

20 November 1972: recorded in Munich

Pan’s People dance to Isaac Heyes classic film theme in suits.
I’ve no information as to the identity of the orchestra, but I presume, given the venue, that they’re German. And on the whole, they give a good account of themselves with this perdormance, but with one glaring exception: the bass guitarist. It’s pretty clear from his perfomance (and in “Shaft” the bass is at times the lead instrument) that he has never heard the original piece of music he’s performing. I think he’s probably site-reading the music, Particularly at the dramatic central rapid triplet motif (“Baddle-it! Baddle-it! Baddle-it! Bam!) This guy gets the emphasis totally wrong (“Dah-de-doo! Dah-de-doo! Dah-de-doo! Duh!). pretty much ruining the performance for me I’m afraid.

Aside from my moans about the bass player, this are two top quality (in performance terms if not reproduction) perfromances by Pan’s People. Many thanks to Gaz for unearthing and contributing them, and to Ryan for organising getting them to me.

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This Is Your Life: Babs Powell

I’ve no anniversary routine to share today, 28 November: so since it’s Babs’ birthday, here’s a repeat post of her appearance on This is Your Life, 15 November 2001.

From the old blog, Saturday 26 March 2011:

Here’s an almost complete edition of This Is Your Life, featuring Babs Powell (nĂ©e Lord), featuring most of her PP mates, and yert another outing for that Porridge “Beautiful Babs” gag.


jez said…

the only one missing here and its a shame from the original line up is ansi, i often wonder why she has never kept in touch with the others
29 March 2011 08:50

PattiforPM said…

I always thought Babs came across as wholesome and full of grace and this clip just confirms that
26 March 2011 17:30

Suefan said…

Nice to see all the ladies from the “Classic” line-up and especially good to see our diminutive New Yorker. I just wish either (a) they stop trotting out Norman Stanley Fletcher or (b) stop feigning surprise/amusement at a gag that they must have all heard a thousand times. Full marks to Babs for her charity exploits as well, although all this showbiz backslapping makes me sick.
26 March 2011 09:00

Featuring what looks like a clip from the (otherwise unavailable) Who Do You Love by Juicy Lucy routine, from TOTP 26 March 1970, bookended by a creepy appearance from The Unacceptable One.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

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