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Pan’s People – Everything’s Tuesday

Top of the Pops, 25 February 1971: Pan’s People dance to Everything’s Tuesday by Chairman of the Board.

From the old blog, Friday, 29 April 2011

Here’s another clip I found on YouTube a while ago: Pan’s People dancing to Chairman of the Board’s Everything’s Tuesday. Thanks to katy miss queenie, who sent me a copy of this routime recently.

I’m no expert on the fashion scene in 1971, so I’ve no idea if there’s a correct term for these trousers they’re wearing. Or the whole suit, even.

comments:

Some Guy said…

Sounds like the singers saying` I wanna spank her`, or is that my gutter mind playing tricks with me.
29 April 2011 14:49

jez said…

You said it mate.
29 April 2011 21:07

PattiforPM said…

Strange song, odd outfits, whole thing’s quirky and maybe this is a subcommittee and not the Chairman after all. Maybe your lyrics would be better Ryan
29 April 2011 22:58

My appeal for a definitive period name for these outfits, just so 1971 darling, has had no response, so I’ll have to have a go myself: I’d call them French Flared Culotte Suits.

Archival Fashionistas, please give me a better name as you rush to heap derision upon me.

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Pan’s People – You’re the First, the Last, My Everything (05/12/74)

Top of the Pops, 5 December 1974
Pan’s People dance to You’re the First, the Last, My Everything

Pan’s People in big floppy veiled hats and white leotards, dancing in dry-ice mist (kept under control for once) to Barry White’s classic song.
NB: There’s no video for the first few seconds of music.

I’ve been looking for this rare Pan’s People routine for a long time, and recently a decidedly ropey version, marred by an excessively large central watermark, has appeared on YouTube.
So I’m very pleased to be able to post this superior version, contributed by generous forum regular Vintage Videos. Thanks Vin!

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Pan’s People – I Want You Back

Top of the Pops 12 February 1970: Pan’s People dance to “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5.

A superb performance from the 1970 line-up of Pan’s People: exuberant choreography to match the jubilant Jackson 5 hit.

From the old blog, Friday, 5 August 2011:

… this really is a vintage Flick-&-Andi-era Pans People Performance.

comments:

carl said…

This is another one I haven’t seen before. I love those 1970 shows. I wish the BBC would recolourise those jan/feb shows that exist then we can see Pans in their all colour glory.

5 August 2011 16:21

PattiforPM said…

Yup Classic Go-Go style and nice outfits to boot. Great to see at least a few of these early Pans performances.

9 August 2011 13:43

Suefan said…

Any Andi is well worth having so thanks YMG.

10 August 2011 23:34

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Pan’s People – Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto

Top of the Pops, 12 February 1976: Pan’s People dance to Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto De Aranjuez (Theme From 2nd Movement) by Manuel & the Music of the Mountains.

Let’s listen in on the TOTP production meeting for that week… in my imagination:

BBC Bloke 1: Okay, ELO, Guys & Dolls, Slik… we’ve got all the bands booked: what about the Pan’s People Number?

BBC Bloke 2: Well “Low Rider” by War is up to Number 15: that’s a great, funky danceable number: the Osibisa song “Sunshine Day” has a good groove.

BBC Bloke 3: And Slade’s “Let’s Call it Quits” is a new entry: Pan’s People always do well with a bit of raunchy Rock’n’Roll…

BBC Bloke 1: Yes, they all sound great. But wait a minute: isn’t this the week Lesley Judd is joining them for a feature? We can’t do anything too suggestive if it’s going out on Blue Peter too.

BBC Bloke 2: Damn! I forgot about that: Okay, what about the boring classical guitar thing? It’s dead unsexy. We can put them in smocky ethnic outfits with big dresses.

BBC Bloke 1: Okay, that’ll do nicely.

From the old blog, Friday, 19 August 2011

Here’s Blue Peter’s Lesley Judd making a special guest appearance with Pan’s People, for a Blue Peter feature, dancing to Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto by Manuel & His Music of the Moutains. Another gift from PattiforPM: many thanks.

Comments:

carl said…

another fantastic upload. cheers
19 August 2011 20:53

Some Guy said…

…the wonderful Sue…
20 August 2011 06:37

Suefan said…

And such a sexy senorita too – too much vino El YMG! Another great dance routine from Flick and the girls. Great stuff.
20 August 2011 08:44

mojo2007 said…

a real rare one. lovely.
20 August 2011 21:15

PattiforPM said…

I love this one too. Smooth action and would have looked good on location at Machu Picchu.
23 August 2011 14:33

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Pan’s People – Both Sides Now

Top of the Pops, 5 February 1970: Pan’s People dance to Judy Collins’ Both Sides Now.

A fairly muted performance here, to a middle-tempo folk-pop classic. Pan’s People uncharacteristically covered up in big patterned frocks with bags of smocking. When I posted this routine on the original blog I described the dresses as “Laura Ashley”, but on looking again, the style might be right for LA, but the fabric patterns don’t look traditional enough. If we only had a colour version of this recording to look at, that would settle it.

Thanks to panspeople.com for the youtube post.

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Pan’s People – I’m A Man

Top of the Pops, 29 january 1970: Pan’s People dance to Chicago’s I’m A Man.

Thanks to panspeoplearchive for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Saturday, 22 August 2009:

What song could be more inappropriate for such womanly dancers as Pan’s People, than Chicago’s I’m A Man? Six groovy 1970 chicks, in glorious archive monochrome.

Von Einsfestival die Wächter unserer süßen Speicher.

Back in those days, before the BBC 4 TOTP repeats began, it was hugely exciting to hear that German cable channel Einsfestival was showing TOTP repeats. I seem to remember composing poetic thanks-you messages whenever I blogged material from them, which I then ran through google’s on-line translator, since my German is pretty much non-existent. No doubt any native German speaker will be able to spot the computer’s involvement immediately. If you’re interested in what my original message was, you can do the same in reverse.

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Pan’s People – Midnight Rider

Top of the Pops, 22 January 1976:
Pan’s People dancing to Paul Davidson’ Midnight Rider.

Pan’s People wearing spangly midriff-bearing showgirl/cowgirl outfits, dancing to Paul Davidson’s reggae cover version of the Allman Brothers’ Midnight Rider.

I’m sure I have to thank someone generous for sending me this rare gem of a clip: unfortunately I can’t remember who. Please get in touch, and I’ll give you a credit.

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Pan’s People – My Sweet Lord

Top of the Pops 21st January 1071: Pan’s People dance to George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord.

Thanks tom Andeebee for the YouTube post.

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Pan’s People – Theme from The Persuaders

Top of the Pops 20 January 1972
Pan’s People perform to Theme from The Persuaders by John Barry.

Thanks to to supermullers for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 28 December 2010:

By request from Ryan, here’s clip from back when the TOTP budget stretched to occasional location filming for Pan’s People routines. Here they are in a Rolls, driving to the casino, smoking cigars and wearing fedoras, to John Barry’s Theme from The Persuaders.

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Pan’s People – We’ve Only Just Begun

Top of the Pops, 14 January 1971:
Pan’s People dance to We’ve Only Just Begun by The Carpenters

From the old blog, Saturday, 23 October 2010:

We haven’t seen any Pan’s People here for ages: to remedy that, here they are dancing to We’ve Only Just Begun by the Carpenters, from a recent TOTP2 repeat.

Going by the maxi-length frocks, the patterns and colours, and the fact the Andi and Flick are still in the group, I’d guess this was from 1970. Oh wait, look: it says “Jan 1971” right there on the clip. Duh.

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