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Pan’s People on “Night Club” 1972

Fixed version of a couple of Pan’s People rarities, first posted in 2016.

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 preparation 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 performance, but with one glaring exception: the bass guitarist. It’s pretty clear from his performance (and in “Shaft” the bass is at times the lead instrument) that he has never heard the original piece of music he’s playing. I think he’s probably sight-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, these are two top quality (in performance terms, if not reproduction) routines 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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Pan’s People – More More More

Top of the Pops 29 April 1976,
Pan’s People dancing to The Andrea True Connection’s More More More.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

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Pan’s People – You Sexy Sugar Plum

Top of the Pops, 22 April 1976: Pan’s People dance to Rodger Collins’ You Sexy Sugar Plum.

Update 5 May 2023: A better quality version found on YouTube.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 2 November 2010:

Mary’s presence places this in the late period of Pan’s People’s reign on TOTP. Even though those outfits look like they came from charity shops, their brevity seems to fit well with the song title: You Sexy Sugar Plum by Roger Collins.

comments:

Some Guy said…

Not seen this one before, so thanks young mister grace for posted it. Not sure if its possible for a fresh faced sue menhenick to look any fitter.
7 November 2010 00:30

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Pan’s People – Then Came You

Top of the Pops, 7 November 74:
Pan’s People dance to Then Came You by Dionne Warwick & The Detroit Spinners

Here’s another rare Pan’s People performance courtesy of a generous donor.

American soul hits were the bread & butter of Pan’s People’s repertoire, and this is an excellent example.

Many thanks to my anonymous contributor.

Update 10 April 2023: upgraded version

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Pan’s People – Crackerjack Christmas Panto 1974

Pan’s People made a guest appearance in this version of Aladdin, from the 1974 Christmas special edition of long-running BBC children’s variety TV show Crackerjack!.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Saturday, 11 October 2014:

Discovered by forum regular Andeebee, and posted by him on youtube last year, here’s an extended collection of clips from Crackerjack’s 1974 Christmas pantomime special: “Aladdin”.

Alongside Crackerjack regulars like Jaqueline Clarke, Don Maclean (that one, not that one) and Peter Glaze (yes, that one), we get a fine selection of British Light Entertainment legends: Derek Guyler, Richard Wattis, and Derek Griffiths.

I’ve previously posted the central “magic cave” sequence back in 2012. Thanks to Andeebee for unearthing this longer version.

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Pan’s People – Barbados

Top of the Pops Day-before-Christmas-Eve Special, 23 December 1975: Pan’s People dance to Barbados by Typically Tropical.

Pan’s People in a typical wintery landscape, complete with snowman and TV studio fake snow, shivering in their big fur coats as they try to keep warm. But how will they represent the tropical beaches, sunshine and heat that the song portrays so vividly? What surprising technique will they use to represent the hot summer sun of Barbados?

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Pan’s People – Keep On Truckin’

Top of the Pops, 22 November 1973. Pan’s People dance to Keep On Truckin’ by Eddie Kendricks.

First published July 30 2016:

Hooray for my first new routine in ages: thanks to an anonymous contributor, here’s a rare Pan’s people routine from 1973. Jimmy Unperson introduces the girls, dancing in fine high-waisted seventies Oxford bags.

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Pan’s People – Jumpin’ Jack Flash

The Price of Fame or Fame At Any Price, BBC TV 20 November 1969:
Pan’s People dance while Thelma Houston sings Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post

From the Old blog, Tuesday, 12 April 2011:

Another clip from The Price of Fame. Here’s Thelma Houston singing, and Pan’s People dancing to, Jumpin’ Jack Flash.

Comments:

PattiforPM said…

Nice Gogo girls. I love the apparent detachment of the dancers in the late 60s and early 70s. “I was raised by a toothless bearded hag” I always thought Keith Richard must have contributed this lyric for Mick.
12 April 2011 12:41

jez said…

pans people in the early days ,i wonder what ever happened to andrea ,good work here girls
12 April 2011 13:57

Suefan said…

Always good to see Flick in action.
14 April 2011 07:34

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Pan’s People – This Ole Heart of Mine

TOTP November 13 1975: Pan’s People dance to Rod Stewart’s This Ole Heart of Mine.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 25 December 2012:

Happy Christmas everybody. Here’s another new-to-this-site clip from that “BBC Demonstration tape”: Pan’s People on Top of the Pops dancing to Rod Stewart’s hit version of the Isley Brother’s This Ole Heart of Mine. No words of mine can do justice to the fabulous seventies-ishness of these outfits, so I won’t even try. Feast your eyes!

I was getting round to finding the original TOTP transmission date, but Vintagevideos beat me to it: November 13 1975 (many thanks).

Thanks are due once again to the late Grant Watkins, who compiled the original tape, which was a mixture of music and comedy clips, hence the brief insert of Robert Robinson behaving rather unusually. And thanks again to the anonymous donor.

4 comments:

Alex said…

Have had hardly the time to get over the shock of yesterday’s find, to now have this gem resurface. An extra bonus Christmas present. Thanks.

25 December 2012 09:37

VintageVideos said…

Wow! What a year this has been, and what a spectacular way to let it end. Two rare Pan’s People finds in a row!
This must be from TOTP 13/11/1975, one of the otherwise “dark” TOTP periods. Those dresses are of course well-known to Pan’s People fans, watch them play “Streaker” here:

http://www.panspeople.com/?q=node/528

But until now, I didn’t know there was also a routine to it!
Thanks to the donor and thanks to you YMG for posting this.
25 December 2012 11:00

PattiforPM said…

Wow this is stunning. YMG, two new Pans routines in two days, what about this old heart of MINE! Lovely to see the Dance which goes with these outfits after all this time. Thankyou so much generous donor (how about that handle and a Santa avatar on the blog sir?)

25 December 2012 13:47

Andee Bee said…

my upping to the channel has gone overtime, fantastic stuff….

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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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