COOL MEDITATIONDance/performance number 147 by Legs & Co ______________________________________________________________
Performed byThird Worldreaching number 17 in the UK charts ______________________________________________________________
Original broadcast date25/01/79Duration of dance 2.23 mins ______________________________________________________________
Dancers - Gill, Lulu, Patti, Pauline, Rosie, Sue ______________________________________________________________
The Legs & Co attendance register so far after 147 dances
***THIS ROUTINE WILL NOT BE SHOWN ON BBC4*** ______________________________________________________________
Here we have Legs & Co performing a second time to a Third World song. I do find the melodic tune strangely enchanting, gentle reggae i suppose its called. The routine that Flick has devised for this does work quite well. Im not sure i would have liked to have seen the girls exposed to another 2 and a half minutes of dancing full on reggae, so by keeping the girls on the deck for a lot of this was probably the right move by FC.
The girls have on their vests and silky draws, i guess one could say its their PE kits as they go through a whole raft of floor exercises. Im really not sure what any of you will make of this one, it could well be a love or hate routine. I think i will play safe and award this `7.5 out of 10`
DOTD--Well its difficult to choose, so i will select the girl who captures my eye the most in this and i will select the long legged `Rosie`
Oh just one other thing, notice the quite bizarre set at the back. Are Legs & Co really dancing infront of inverted swastikas ?
We've has an aerobics class, from Legs & Co., & now it looks like it's time for some yoga, in reference to what you normally do at the same time, as per the track title.
Sue, once again, appears to be leading the class, but only because, at one point she step forwards, & seems to dempnstrate the next exercise, as she turns around to face the rest of her group, otherwise, the leadership's less clear-cut, than for Take A Chance On Me.
The dress-code's what you'd expect for a yoga class, & so giving them as free movement as possible, in order to execute many eye-watering contortions.
If Legs and Co were still on TOTP three years later, this could probably have been classed as part of the "keep fit" craze that sprung up in '82. A bit if a companion to "Come on Dance Dance" in being a) ahead of its time and b) adding a touch of sweet sexuality to the proceedings.
This is one legs and co routine that i rarely watch ,i think the biggest downfall is the song ,its not a song i like or i have liked at all ,its one routine that slipped my memory from watching it in 1979 ,i can only go to a 6 for this one im afraid
OK now for a bit of self-analysis. A smooth little routine done by a group of six Angels clad in white and with at least a moderate skimpiness rating: so why do I find it all sterile and rather unappealing? For me this one is a complete contrast to the fun and sexiness of Come on Dance Dance and I think perhaps the bland music takes quite a bit of the blame but the gym/work-out stuff just doesn't seem to work for me this time and honestly the only bit I really like is the toe-wiggling ending. I feel bad for not liking it more but I can't help myself and I have tried watching several more times but there's no improvement with familiarity either. Oh well. It's 5/10 and I'm giving Lulu DotD as I think she looks slightly more divine than the other Angels. I will do penance if this is required
Some Dancers who gave a good time, broke all the rules, played all the fools, yeah yeah yeah they blew our minds
I must say this is not one of my favourite routine. We have the ladies in white vests and frilly shorts. Manly moving on the studio floor to the tune. And ending with the camera zooming on to ladies wriggling there toes.
And now to the Dotd well any of the ladies could be the dancer. But I will choose Sue.
7/10 I am middle of the road on this one. I don't mind watching but it does not jump out as a favourite. All the girls perform admirably as usual but my DOTD goes to Sue for the most vigorous toe wiggles.
Yes, these do look very much like PE kits. I'd like to think that a progressive teacher somewhere picked up on this as a means of creative de-stressing back in the day when - shock horror - exams were sometimes failed. The amber glow probably has a relaxing quality in some Eastern tradition or other, to go with the Hindu swastikas in a sort of pick 'n' mix Buddha Of Suburbia way. The dance incorporates keep-fit exercises and a bit of yoga. Flick no doubt realizing that more than this nod towards meditation risked creating a soporific routine. But even as it is, it sadly doesn't provide very stimulating viewing. I find the song OK in the right context, but its languid sound isn't helping lift this one off the ground. The outfits are sexless. And it's rather like viewing a terrestrial version of synchronized swimming, so it's only elevated on to the watchability scale because it's Legs & Co. Even the girls look a little bored.
Well intended, but a bit of a flop. 5/10 DOTD Long-legged Rosie
After reassessment I find that Ryan was right and it was Patti who put the most effort into the toe wriggling. I would therefore like to change my vote for DOTD to Patti and apologise to her for a near misscarriage of justice due to incorrect toe indentification. I will pay more attention in the future
Well it seemed like January ‘79 blistering start had to come to a halt eventually and what better way to wind down than with some Cool Mediation.
The challenges posed by a reggae track have been discussed fully before and Legs and Co can do no more than produce a pleasant but sedate routine to Third World.
The designer must have taken on board my concerns as this week they provide a creative, relevant and unobtrusive set. 7/10 Dotd, Rosie
I don't like this at all. The music is boring, the set is, err, a matter of taste, the dresses are plain and simple, and the dance itself is not very exciting. The whole meditation idea doesn't appeal to me and either puts me to sleep or keeps me fumbling for the stop button.
An odd mishmash of things here that don't really bring much excitement to this viewer. I actually think a full floor based routine might have worked well here but the constant stand up-sit down interupts the flow, so it ends up looking like a weird PE class. I did like the shuffling on the bums bits though, although i'm not sure there is a dance term for that move. The tempo of reggae clearly does not make it easy to form a routine to, so it seems an odd choice for Flick to have to use, but its quite a nice song all the same. Will give it 6/10 DOTD Rosie.