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Legs & Co. – Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)

Top Of The Pops 19 April 1979:
Legs & Co. dance to Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) by The Jacksons

As ever, the Jacksons bring out the best in Legs & Co.: a fluid, dynamic example of Flick’s choreography, and a confident, relaxed, assured performance. Unbeatable.

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Legs & Co. – Call Me

Top Of The Pops 17 April 1980: Legs & Co. dance to Call Me by Blondie.

An energetic and fun performance. Suits and pork pie hats were all the rage back in 1980, thanks to the mod revival, and to the closely-related two-tone explosion from the midlands. I reckon two-tones black & white graphic style was also an influence in the set design here.

Thanks to Suefan for the clip.

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Legs & Co. – Chi Mai

Top of the Pops, 16 April 1981: Legs & Co. dance to Chi Mai by Ennio Morricone.

Your dad would have to be content with The Nolans and Buck Fizz (and maybe Girlschool) for his thrills on this week’s ToTP: he’s certainly wouldn’t stop reading his paper for this Legs & Co. performance as Edwardian ladies, dancing to the theme from BBC TV’s The Life and Times of David Lloyd George.

Thanks to “TOTP from the 80s” for the Youtube post.

This performance was presented by a guest host on the old blog, back in 2011:

DavidLloydGeorge Hello everybody. It’s historic Liberal role-model David Lloyd George here. I’m happy to see the Liberals doing so well in a coalition with the Tories, again: while the country’s at war abroad, too. Or something.

But that’s enough of politics: up here in Liberal Heaven, nobody cares about how I was Prime Minister once. Or even that I invented the Welfare State. Oh no. So what makes Asquith, Gladstone and Campbell-Bannerman jealous of me? Just two things:

  1. My TV biography series’ theme tune was written by Ennio Morricone, who wrote A Fistful of Dollars and The Good The Bad & The Ugly: which makes me a bit like Clint Eastwood.
  2. That theme tune, Chi Mai, was danced to by Legs & Co. on Top of the Pops. They also danced to tunes from Saturday Night Fever and Grease. So that makes me a bit like John Travolta. Or maybe Stockard Channing.

These outfits are rather racey, don’t you think? Some of those skirt hems are two or three inches from the ground! I’m pretty sure I caught a glimpse of Miss Hammond’s ankle once or twice.

Comments:

PattiforPM said…

I just love the poise and detachment and background in this routine. It fits the music so well. Good one Flick and ladies
17 April 2011 16:15

jez said…

i actually have to admit when i first watched this routine in 1981 i said to myself how boring that routine was tonight ,i didnt like the music either ,i think you have to watch the routine a few times to appreciate it
17 April 2011 15:29

Suefan said…

The FC school for deportment lesson 3. And where is Stockard Channing….mmmm
17 April 2011 08:28

Suefan said…

Still no sightings of the lovely Ms C? 🙁
17 April 2011 19:37

Some Guy said…

Love the end of this clip, they go from the absolute grace and decorum of `Chi Mai` to 3 seconds of `All right now` dressed in, well you know what. Talk about one extreme to the other.
18 April 2011 19:47

Sadly for “Some Guy”, that snatch of Hockey Practice does not appear in this embedded version: of course the whole routine is only a click away

…and here’s a little bit of Rizzo for Suefan.

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Pan’s People – Disco Connection

TOTP, 15 April 1976: Pan’s People, dancing to Isaac hayes’ Disco Connection.

Thanks to Glenn Marshall for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 26 August 2008:

comment:

gr8musicvids said…

Just thought I’d leave you a message to say keep up the great work with this blog. I was a teen in the 70’s so you have now made an old dad very happy. I’ve been searching all over the internet for Pans People for years and these clips here are great, the best I have found. Thanks ;o)

30 August 2008 09:19

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Legs & Co. – Lonely Boy

Top of the Pops, 14 April 1977:
Legs & Co. dance to Lonely Boy by Andrew Gold: featuring Floid Pearce.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 21 December 2010:

Here’s a clip to show to anyone who makes the boring “over-literal choreography” complaint about Flick. The routine is definitely narrative, and yes, it deals with the subject matter of the song (Andrew Gold’s Lonely Boy); namely sibling rivalry. But nobody’s miming the lyrics at any point: instead, Flick has created a routine based around the subject, showing what great creative work she was capable when she got more than a few hours notice.

And Floyd gets a rare namecheck from creepy old Mr. Savile.

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Legs & Co. – Silly Thing

Top of the Pops 12 April 1979:
Legs & Co. dance to Silly Thing by the Sex Pistols.

Thanks to ASmK for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Wednesday, 3 November 2010:

Legs & Co try their hardest to be all punky and sneery and atitude-y, dancing to the Sex Pistols’ Silly Thing: but we all know the truth – they’re a bunch of sweetie, softie good girls.

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Legs & Co. – Sexy Eyes

Top of the Pops 10 April 1980: Legs & Co. dancing to Dr. Hook’s Sexy Eyes.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 26 October 2010:

The clips from PattiforPM just keep coming: here’s another: Legs & Co, in very fetching little two-colour dresses, dancing to Dr. Hook’s Sexy Eyes. Many thanks again to PattieforPM.

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Legs & Co – Up The Hill Backwards

Top of the Pops, 9 April 1981: Legs & Co dancing to Up The Hill Backwards by David Bowie.

Clothes like these dresses, fashioned from thin cheescloth, were the height of fashion back in the hippy early seventies. By 1981 the fashion for such clobber had passed, but I think it works well here, with the dramatic side lighting picking out the dancers’ silhouettes.

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Pan’s People – Paperback Writer

Top of the Pops, 8 April 1976: Pan’s People dance to Paperback Writer by The Beatles.

Cherry, Mary, Ruth and Sue dance among paperback book racks of the sort only now seen in charity shops, clutching open books.

In early 1976, EMI re-launched* all of their Beatles singles catalogue, along with a new single release of Yesterday (already a hit in America in 1965, it was only originally released as an album and EP track in the UK). Here’s one of the couple that made it into the charts on relaunch, the 1966 hit Paperback Writer. The song had been kept alive in the public’s ear through its use as a theme tune to Read All About It, Melvyn Bragg’s BBC book review programme.

* Realunched, as opposed to re-released: all the singles had remained available in the EMI catalogue since their original release: none had been deleted.

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Legs &Co. – Love Hit Me

Top of the Pops, 7 April 1977:

Legs & Co. dance to Love Hit Me by Maxine Nightingale

From the old blog, Sunday, 13 February 2011

Not so much literal interpretation as a simple gag based on the song title: Legs &Co. in the boxing ring, biffing each other to Maxine Nightingale’s Love Hit Me. Thanks to PattiforPM for this goofy but fun routine.

comments:

jez said…

brilliant p4pm dont know how u got hold of this clip but thank you
17 February 2011 19:55

Suefan said…

Superb routine – great dancing, great costumes, great choreography. Great.
18 February 2011 12:20

74benja81 said…

Love Sue’s straight left at Rosie at the beginning of the dance routine lol. I must say it looked very fast and quite accurate if it had connected to the opponent(Rosie). I think the dance routine would have ended there lol. Coming from, let us say a connoisseur of participating in this line of sport for twenty years. Going back to the routine though, to sum it up in two words: It’s a Knockout. Benja 🙂
24 May 2012 11:16

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