(Genre: New Wave)
Legs & Co.
by Limbs Andthings
(Genre: Facebook Videos + MP3)
The new dance troupe were formed as a hasty replacement for Ruby Flipper, a multi-racial and mixed-sex septet (later sextet and quintet) who took over dancing duties on Top of the Pops from the popular and long-running female dance group Pan's People in May 1976. The troupe were put together, and managed by, choreographer and founding member of Pan's People, Flick Colby, and fellow Pan's People dancer Ruth Pearson.
The original Legs & Co. line-up:
- Lulu Cartwright
- Gillian (Gill) Clarke
- Patti Hammond
- Rosemary (Rosie) Hetherington
- Susan (Sue) Menhenick
- Pauline Peters
Sue (who replaced Louise Clarke as a member of Pan's People in 1974), Patti and Lulu had been members of Ruby Flipper, and it was decided that they should remain as part of the new line-up. Three further dancers were chosen to complete the sextet: Gill had been a finalist in the Miss UK 1976 contest, Rosie was a student at the Italia Conti stage school (now a teacher at Helen O'Grady Stage School), and Pauline, the first black female dancer to appear as a member of a dance troupe on Top of the Pops, had appeared on stage in various West End productions.
Although Pan's People are more fondly remembered by past TOTP viewers, the original Legs & Co. line-up stayed together longer than any of the various Pan's People line-ups. During their time on the show, only one personnel change occurred within the troupe; when Pauline Peters left the group in March 1981, she was eventually replaced by singer and dancer Anita Mahadervan, the first Asian dancer to appear on Top of the Pops.
Legs & Co. on Top of the Pops
By the time of the new troupe's first appearance on Top of the Pops on 21 October 1976, dancing to the Average White Band's "Queen of My Soul", they had not come up with a name for themselves. For their first appearances, they were introduced as the "Top of the Pops" dancers, while their name was listed as "?????????" on the end credits of 3 editions. The BBC decided to allow the TOTP viewers to select a name for the new dance troupe via a competition promoted on the programme by Ed Stewart, after the girls made their dancing debut, and the name "Legs & Co." was chosen as the successful name. This was supposed to have been announced by Noel Edmonds on 4 November 1976, but the BBC had so many entries to the competition that they had no time to choose a winning name. It was finally announced by Dave Lee Travis on 11 November, but that edition of the show, no longer exists in the BBC archive.
During their tenure as the Top of the Pops dance troupe, Legs & Co. performed routines to songs of various musical styles. They interpreted songs by punk bands such as the Sex Pistols and The Clash who never appeared in the TOTP studio (although the Sex Pistols did eventually make a studio appearance when they reunited for the "Filthy Lucre" tour in 1996), and were often seen in routine to the disco tracks of the time. Controversially (at the time), Legs and Co. took on a punk look for a performance of "Pretty Vacant" by The Sex Pistols.
As well as their regular appearances on Top of the Pops, Legs & Co. appeared on other television programmes of the time, including Tiswas and Blue Peter. On the latter series, the troupe danced to Mike Oldfield's arrangement of the programme's theme tune.
|"Goody Two Shoes"|
|Single by Adam Ant|
|from the album Friend or Foe |
Goody Two-Shoes (Genre: New Wave) Legs & Co (Genre: Sexy)
Goody Two-Shoes (Genre: New Wave) Legs & Co (Genre: Sexy)"Goody Two Shoes"
"Goody Two Shoes"
Single by Adam Ant
from the album Friend or Foe
B-side "Red Scab"
Genre New Wave
Writer(s) Adam Ant, Marco Pirroni
Producer Adam Ant, Marco Pirroni, Chris Hughes is a popular song by Adam Ant. The song was released on the album Friend or Foe in 1982. The title phrase is a disparaging term for someone who is overly virtuous or conformist, and ultimately comes from the children's story The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes, published in 1765.Following the dissolution of Adam and the Ants in early 1982, Adam Ant pursued a solo career. His debut as a solo artist, "Goody Two Shoes" was written by Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni and produced by Ant, Pirroni and Chris Hughes. The song details Ant's frustration with press intrusion, which was reinforced by the video and his clean cut image.The song was an instant hit, reaching #1 on the UK singles chart for two weeks in June 1982 and later repeating the feat in Australia. Despite the success, this was his third and final #1 single. The song was his first and biggest hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US peaking at #12.In Joel Whitburn's "Billboard's Top 100" book, Adam Ant's "Goody Two Shoes" song is denoted with a +, meaning it first charted a year before it peaked. So it first charted in 1981, but peaked in 1982.Punk band Unwritten Law later covered this song. The original version, by Adam Ant, was featured in the film Hot Fuzz.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goody_Two_Shoes
|Writer(s)||Adam Ant, Marco Pirroni|
|Producer||Adam Ant, Marco Pirroni, Chris Hughes|
Although the line-up of Legs & Co. was exclusively female, some Legs & Co. routines from 1977 to 1981 involved members of the group dancing with male partners.
Former member of Ruby Flipper, Floyd Pearson made three guest appearances on Legs & Co. routines: Andrew Gold's "Lonely Boy" on 14 April 1977, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John's "You're the One That I Want" on 25 May 1978 and Sylvester's "(You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real" on 21 September 1978.
On 13 August 1981, an Anglo-Italian male dancer called Alex (who later became a TOTP "cheerleader" and one of the show's warm-up artists) danced with Gill to the "How Deep Is Your Love" section of Startrax's "Startrax Club Disco".
The end of Legs & Co. on TOTP
Legs & Co. made the last appearances as dancers on Top of the Pops in October 1981. In their final months on TOTP, a period which coincided with the obvious emergence of a party atmosphere, Legs & Co. began to integrate more with the studio audience and could often be seen dancing in the background while a band performed on one of the stages. During the summer of 1981, Patti Hammond took a break from the troupe.
The troupe's last credited performance was on 15 October 1981, dancing to "The Birdie Song" by the Tweets, and the last edition to feature Legs & Co. was transmitted on 29 October 1981. In this edition, the girls danced to Haircut 100's "Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)", but merely relegated to dancing behind the band and among the studio audience.
On 5 November 1981, a week after Legs & Co.'s final on-screen appearance, Zoo, the final featured dance troupe to appear on Top of the Pops, made their debut.
As a footnote to her career dancing on TOTP, on 17 December 1981, Sue made a final appearance on TOTP, with a solo routine to Jon & Vangelis's "I'll Find My Way Home". This marked Sue Menhenick's final appearance as a dancer on Top of the Pops after over seven years, making her the second-longest serving dancer on the programme. Sue was credited as a member of Zoo in the end credits for the programme, making her unique in being credited for appearing as a member of four different dance troupes in her time on TOTP.
Life after TOTP
After their last appearance on Top of the Pops, Legs & Co. spent a further four years performing at corporate events and cabaret shows. They also appeared in a 1982 television commercial for the Milk Marketing Board as part of their Gotta Lotta Bottle campaign. The line up, however had changed. Patti, Lulu and Sue were joined by Patricia McSherry, who also danced with Pans People, Sandra Easby and Liz Green.
The original Legs & Co. line-up were reunited in late 2000 to take part in a documentary on the history of Top of the Pops. In the programme, all of the six original members discussed their memories of their time on the show. The documentary was first transmitted on New Year's Day 2001, repeated in December 2001, and a revised repeat was shown on 30 July 2006, the same day the final regular edition of Top of the Pops was broadcast.
Five of the original members (without Patti Hammond) also appeared on an edition of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway in January 2003 to surprise a member of the studio audience who had written to Jim'll Fix It as a child wishing to dance with Legs & Co., but whose request was ignored. The girls, along with the surprised member of the audience, later danced a short routine to Sister Sledge's "We Are Family", the first time members of Legs & Co. had danced on a British television series for 22 years.What Gets Me Hot