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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 – Space Oddity

Top of the Pops 23 December 1975:
Pan’s People dance to Space Oddity by Davis Bowie.

Preceded by a pot calling a kettle black.

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Pan’s People – Island Girl

TOTP 16 October 1975: Rehearsal footage of Pan’s People dancing to Elton John’s Island Girl.

Dubbed Sound version:

Original rehearsal footage:

From the old blog, Friday, 12 August 2011:

Katy miss queenie requested this routine a while ago: I didn’t have it, but beautifulbabs pointed me to this YouTube video, which I think was uploaded by our good friends over at panspeople.com. It’s a recording of a TOTP rehearsal (PP appear around the 3:57 mark), and while it’s fascinating stuff, the performance itself is hampered by audio from the studio gallery drowning out ole’ Reg Dwight.

So at katy miss queenie’s suggestion, I’ve dubbed audio from the original record, to get a better idea of the performance. That’s meant a further slight degradation of video quality, which wasn’t to great to start with, but it seems like the best we can get. Unless of course, someone out there has a better quality version.

comments:

PattiforPM said…

Excellent work YMG. I thought only HLPR could do this kind of clever stuff around here. Can’t believe the actual performance was any better except for the colours.

12 August 2011 22:18

Suefan said…

Yes well done YMG, much better without the PA chatter. Always the gent P4pm but it looks a little rough around the edges to me. Some of those girls at the back of the class aren’t paying proper attention and mistress Flick will be on their case if they are not careful!

12 August 2011 22:29

mojo2007 said…

Could we also have the original sounds, so I can try out what the various instruction mean. thank you

16 August 2011 21:58

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Pan’s People – Big Spender

The Morecombe & Wise Show Christmas Day 1975:
Eric, Ernie and Pans People dance to Big Spender.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Saturday, 2 June 2012

Here’s Pan’s People making a guest appearance on Morecambe & Wise’s 1975 Christmas Special. They’re dancing with the boys while Brenda Arnau sings Big Spender.

In a style M & W often used, the routine starts as an apparently straight music number, focusing on the singer: only after two minutes have passed, about halfway through the performance, do the boys appear, dressed as sleazy showgirls a la Sweet Charity, amongst Pan’s People. Since the boys are the stars, obviously the camera stays on them: unfortunately as the routine is mimicking the Sweet Charity all-in-a-line choreography, that means we barely get to see Sue and Cherry at the ends of the line: only Ruth and Mary, right next to M & W, get much camera time.

Comments:

PattiforPM said…

Yup Mary and Ruth are visible but far too little of the other three ladies here. I think Ernie looks hotter than Eric “by a hair”! Pans could have done such a steamy routine to this on their own….
2 June 2012 22:06

Some Guy said…

Good to see Mary getting some camera time. I like her outfit, she looks like an extra from Austin Powers.
2 June 2012 22:16

Suefan said…

Something of a travesty to crop the view in such a way without so much as a single Pan shot down the chorus line!
10 June 2012 10:06

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Pan’s People – I Only Have Eyes for You

Top of the Pops Christmas Day Special, 25 December 1975:
Pan’s People dance to Art Garfunkle’s I Only Have Eyes for You.

According to Vintage Videos over on the One For The Dads Discussion Forum, Flick’s inspiration for these outfits was the Swedish celebration of Saint Lucy’s Day on the 13th December:

Vintage Videos: “a young girl dressed in a white dress and a red sash (as the symbol of martyrdom) carries palms and wears a crown or wreath of candles on her head. In Sweden, girls dressed as Lucy carry rolls and cookies in procession as songs are sung.”

Thanks to SuPaLu for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Monday, 3 December 2012:

Here’s an early christmas present for Ryan: Pan’s People on Top of the Pops, Christmas Day 1975, dancing to Art Garfunkle’s I Only Have Eyes for You. Those candles on their hats do seem a trifle electric: understandable, since real candles would be shedding hot wax every time they moved. But where are the batteries? At firstI thought they might be in the body of the candles, like a torches batteries: but that would make the whole thing pretty heavy. No, I guess they’re probably wearing battery packs somewhere amongst their demure costumes.

My speculations were confirmed by Sue on the discussion forum:

Sue: “The Swedish Christmas candle headers … were battery powered. We had small battery packs sewn into the back of the dresses, but they didnt last too long, and had to be “charged” every so often with us still wearing the dresses! Brought a new meaning to “getting a little hot under the collar!” It all got a little warm after a while …also had to take it easy with movements in case we got a loose connection!”

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