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PattiForPM
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For Beatles Weeks here is "Back in the USSR", written in 1968 and credited to Lennon and McCartney, and the opening number of the Beatles’ “White Album”.”  It was apparently composed in India while the Fab Four were studying Transcendental Meditation but from the sound of it they were early in their studies, especially as they had a spat during the recording of the White Album which resulted in Ringo temporarily going AWOL and Sir Paul reportedly playing Drums for this song in the absence of the usual bucket banger.  It has an obvious Beach Boys tribute sound to it and was somewhat controversial in the 1960s given its apparent praise of the things Soviet.

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            BACK IN THE USSR  -  The Beatles                                   July 15th 1976
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                DANCERS:  Gavin, Floid, Phil, Cherry, Lulu, Patti, Sue
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                   LINK:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvNdvImSbXY
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This full ensemble Dance is a fun-packed piece in my opinion and the Troupe is called upon to really give of their best here.  The varied outfits work well especially the layered tri-coloured skirts and headscarves and I particularly like Phil’s Russian gorilla-suit-equivalent.  There are lots of little highlights here and we’re just waiting to see who gets Cossack-Dance honours and it turns out to be the proficient Phil in the end and he performs well.  I also like Cherry’s work and Sue’s dance with Gavin here as well as the fall-down ending.  All in all I find this light and enjoyable and all the Dancers are great to watch although once again I find Gavin a little detached compared to his colleagues.  I am giving DotD to Phil here and awarding 8/10 to this.  I wonder what Comments and Marks this will earn from the other devotees…..
Some Dancers who gave a good time, broke all the rules, played all the fools, yeah yeah yeah they blew our minds
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Paperboyplod
Phil

Agreed, he seems to take the lead here, & really encourages the others, so that we have a much more watchable routine.
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Once we get past Tidybeards selection of Russian quips, the actual routine is quite superb. Each dancer performs well, though this is the last night we will see Gavin. Flick goes into Russian stereotype mode, with the girls dressed like hard working farm girls and the boys in Cossack style clothing. The light falling snow, Hammer & Sickle flag, even a row of barbed wire should have given this a cold, grim feel, but not a bit of it. The routine somehow omits a warm glow, guess that's down to the personnel on show who once again show what a fine septet they are, or were after the end of this TOTPs.

Great call guys to give `Phil` the DOTD, and i would also like to nominate him.

Id award this routine 9.25 out of 10, most enjoyable.
RYAN
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Doc
I'm going to pick Cherry!
And if you're asking me when, I'll say it starts at the end.
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VintageVideos
Now... that's how I like Ruby Flipper! Not only a tremendous song but what a performance this is, and here the mixed troupe really shines. The Russian clothes, the snow, the barbwire, the flag, all these little (and big!) things make a terrific setting.
The dancing is something else, solos, duets, group dancing, it's all there. Great fun to watch, and it seems I always discover something new each time I view it.
Even the boys seem to feel at home here, and it's hard to pick a DotD as everyone's in a great mood. I was tempted to go for young Lulu but in the end I had to agree that Phil is the star in this routine.

10/10
She's playing all night and the music's all right
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PattiForPM
Well this is getting some fine reviews and great to see Phil receiving some well-earned recognition IMO too.  Wow Vin, I'm starting to think maybe I under-valued this performance now.  It really is very good I agree and maybe it's partly the contrast between the stereotypical dour Russian-ness and the joyful Dancing on display here as some of our reviewers have implied.  Thanks for the insightful comments so far.  PBP can I ask you for a mark out of 10 or are you following the Doc lead in becoming a DotD specialist?  I'd welcome more comments and apologize once again for posting this later in the week than usual.
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Suefan
Another enjoyable romp from the RF collective and well worth an 8.
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Paperboyplod
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Glad to oblige, Gavin does look a little out of sorts here, which downgrades, this otherwise brilliant Ruby Flipper Routine, & the Russian costumes really work a treat.

8/10
Justin
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Doc
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It's tough enough splitting off a dotd for most dances at the moment. Plus it gives me an excuse to go back and watch them again the future.
And if you're asking me when, I'll say it starts at the end.
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PattiForPM
No problem Doc, just glad you post here.  It's a fine line hosting these Comments Threads between encouraging and cajoling people a little but trying not to be a ruddy nuisance and I'm sure I cross the line occasionally!
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I am in agreement here another great fun packed routine. All perform well and no-one is russian anything (sorry!) Hard to pick a dancer of the day but I am going to go for Lulu as I like her solo spot. Overall routine an 8 out of 10. Now I mos cow and watch the FA cup final
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Gorgeous Daze
The costumes may seem to have come from the pages of Peter And Jane Visit Russia, but I bet they're not far off what the rural Russian poor would have been wearing in the seventies. This is a really packed routine, not a second is wasted. The Flippers really go for it like the Cold War is over and they want it. I tried to pick a highlight but failed because it's a song's worth of sustained quality. No wonder they all fall down at the end. You try dancing like that when you've been up since four in the morning milking a herd of cows. Or were they poisoned by the KGB for fraternizing to the global capitalists at Apple?

DOTD Sue.  She just appeals to me slightly more than the rest here, but everyone plays there part.

9.5/10
Steve
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PattiForPM
Thanks Bucksby and GD.  I forgot all about the FA Cup Final, guess I'm not worthy of my British Passport.  Glad Wigan took it (sorry if there are Man City fans amongst you).  I wonder if Back in the USSR will keep up this high average as others vote; I'm a little pleasantly surprised.
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Floid Fan
I think I am in a minority here as I do not think this is that great a routine. I think it's okay, but nothing special - a bit Flick by numbers. Nothing particularly grabs me, it's not as inventive or idiosyncratic as some others, the dance moves seem to be a bit ordinary or predictable (even down to a bit of stereotypical Russian cossack leg kicks) and it's not really a routine that I could happily watch over and over again, like some of the RF classics that have been scored so far.  So I've never fully taken to this particular routine. Speaking as a RF fan, I find this is just a very 'average' one for them.
6 out of ten.
DOTD: Lulu.
Carl
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BeautifulBabs
a 6.5 from me- its fun but the costumes are just a bit too corny and stereotyped and as though everyone in ussr dresses like in dr zhivago
dotd lulu
there are better
On the street or even at the picture show
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Colm
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A finely choreographed routine for the entire troupe which I'll award an 8 to. I'll give my DotD honours to Phil as well as he makes a good cossack.
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PattiForPM
Thanks for your votes chaps.  Interesting points about the stereotypes and style.  In Flick's defence I would say that the song itself is a bit stereotype-rich too in my opinion and Macca was said to have admitted that he really didn't know much about the USSR when writing it.
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Who's That Hurll
This is real East meets West fayre, with traditional Soviet attire being put to a different kind of use, in the form of a series of funky skits from Ruble Flipper.
Sue looks fetching in her pink headscarf and does get carried away at one point(1.26), but soon regains her composure.
However, it's Phil that's really up for this (down when he's doing his Cossack dancing) and for his energy and enthusiasm I make him DOTD. 8/10.
WTH
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PattiForPM
Thanks again for your comments Mr Hurll.  Phil is certainly the Tsar of this Show judging by the votes so far.  
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Old Bill
I really like this one, a fun colourful jolly romp with plenty going on and some barbed-wire thrown in for a bit of edge! Actually I didn't notice the barbed-wire until I read it here. My eyes are not as eagled as some!

I love the outfits - the girls' dresses and boots are really really nice. But the boy's bearskins must have been a bugger to dance in despite the snow. Sure it's stereotyped, but the whole song is really so it suits well. And it's never supposed to be a serious review of a return trip to Russia but just a jolly dancefloor jaunt. And out of it we get a really enjoyable dance. A healthy 8.5/10 from me.

Everyone's really on form, so a DotD is tricky. Floid's good but he jumps the gun falling down at the end. His and Cherry's little ooh-saucy! look when Macca talks about disconnecting the phone is nice. Phil's great as everyone has mentioned - I'm sure Patti appreciated his efforts to cure her hiccups at around 50" in. And Patti is wonderful throughout. No matter how Patti is dressed she is always 100% Patti. I love Lulu. Ooops - I meant to add I love Lulu's bit the the little 60s-style-dance-break. But I have to go for Sue. She looks wondeful in the head-scarf. Her skirt-twirling at 1'24" is great, and she sportingly doesn't mind been tossed up by the lads. She's just on top form all way through out. I know I say that a lot about Sue, and I'm embarrassed she might read it and hope that people don't think I'm saying so hoping that she might. But it's true. And we all know it! ;-)

And finally... can I throw in a Soviet-pun for TB? I'm wondering if he was enjoying his Saturday morning job with Kiev Chegwen...?
Jeremiah 31:13
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