Everything's Tuesday _________________________________________________________________________________
Performed byChairmen Of The Boardand reaching number 12 in the UK charts _________________________________________________________________________________
Original broadcast date25/02/1971Duration of dance - 2.43 mins _________________________________________________________________________________
Dancers: Andrea, Babs, Dee Dee, Flick, Louise, Ruth _________________________________________________________________________________
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Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland, collectively known as Holland-Dozier-Holland (or simply H-D-H), were one of Motown's premier songwriting and production teams between 1962 and 1967. Following a dispute with Berry Gordy Jr. over profit-sharing and royalties, the threesome left Motown to start their own labels, Invictus Records and Hot Wax Records.
One of the artists signed to Invictus was Chairmen of the Board, a quartet that hit the top 3 on both sides of the Atlantic with its first single release "Give Me Just A Little More Time". Even though all four members of the CotB would sing lead vocals on their albums, it was the distinctive voice of General Johnson that was showcased on the 45s and thus became their trademark.
"Everything's Tuesday" was the Chairmen's third single release, climbing to No. 12 in the UK in March 1971. Like many American artists, the CotB rarely visited the TOTP studios (not at all before June 1971), which is why their records were destined to be danced to by Pan's People. And that's exactly what happened when "Everything's Tuesday" went up to No. 20 in its second week on the charts. Fortunately this is one of the very few TOTP editions from 1971 that still exist in the BBC archive, even if only as an unedited studio tape.
Admittedly the costumes do look a bit odd in this routine, and I presume they might not go down well with the OFTD community. But apart from that, I really like this routine. It's a very cheerful dance with a lot of variety. The routine also features one of the best intros ever with Flick slyly smiling under her big hat before she turns her pretty head around and walks towards the stage as if she's going to say, "come along with me, I'd like to show you something!". Last but not least it's great to have another dance with the complete line-up of the classic period.
I suspect that this may - once again - divide us, but I'll be going quite high with my rating and award
Lovely to see a routine that begins on a close-up of Flick and this one has a few unusual moments... we think there's only five dancers to start and then we see half a minute in that Ruth is there. It's great to see the girls in hats for a change and the costumes are feminine without being revealing.
There's a certain tweeness about the proceedings but it's all quite fun even though some of the camera angles seems to be at odds with Flick's choreography and therefore certain attempts at visual uniformity don't come across. Just after a centre-point involving Babs there's a bizarre carousel movement that doesn't work well at all which is no fault of the camera work, but no doubt a lack of rehearsal time and the hurry of recording a single take meant there was no room to finesse things. A pleasant routine but ultimately nothing too special. 7.5/10 DotD Flick for the near constant smile and starting the performance so well.
Well I'm a bit torn to be honest and I'm almost one of those OFTDs splitters Vin mentions but in the end I think Flick did a commendable job with what I regard as a quite ghastly melody which imposes a skipping rhythm on the Troupe and almost commands them to wear goofy clothing. I can't say I like the clothes or the song then but I just admire the fact that someone was able to make a watchable performance out of this. Also I can just about clamber over these lyrics by thinking about Tuesday Weld so they become slightly more bearable than that other dirge about the wretched Bill and his female stalker. I see I'm digressing badly. Anyway I do like the opening section here but do think it fades a little at the end and I think 7/10 is fair as it could have been a whole lot worse. Flick is getting my DotD too for a good performance and for her inventive mind
Some Dancers who gave a good time, broke all the rules, played all the fools, yeah yeah yeah they blew our minds
I quite like the oufits, particularly those hats, although I'd have voted for skirts in the same material as the tops rather than those trouser things. I would agree that the camera work isn't the best but the dance bowls along very nicely. Very evocative of the period and brings to mind a particular lazy afternoon trying to master a punt on the Cam so I'm giving it an 8.5 with Flick as my Dotd.
A delightful display of frantic sashaying around the stage, just about sums up this performance, but I couldn't help thinking that it must've been stiflingly hot in all of that clothing in a television studio where temperatures would be relatively high.
The gymnastics with the legs really does add a tad extra something to what may have gotten a bit bland part-way through the dance routine, & Ruth's close-up camera shots, are added bonuses.
It's a dreary tune with dreary costumes to match but luckily the choreography is pretty good. I think the white gloves work quite well in accentuating the hand movements, which seem to be an integral part of this routine. The end result is okay but in truth I don't think it is one that I will view very often, so a score of 7.5 out of 10 is about as high as I can go.
There is no obvious choice for DOTD. I will pick Andrea.
It's said to the point of cliché how poor the mid-seventies period between glam and punk was, but for me it wasn't so bad. No, although there is a scattering of gems and goodies to be found it's the time between psychedelia and glam that's the real wasteland as far as I'm concerned and here's Exhibit #529: Soul By Numbers. And deary me, the routine is suitably unappealing. Costumes like a grey blanket sky on a summer day and although there's plenty of variety in the dancing the twee style irons it all out.
E's are good for the quiz-setter but I don't have that in its favour. Awarding a little credit for the complexity I'll be Deputy Chairman of the Bored and go 4/10. DOTD Louise.
It's quite a cheerful routine and much of the dancing is very appealing.A favourite bit is the sequence near the start when three are sitting on the edge of the stage with two others dancing behind them.8/10
One of the few survivors from when Flick had an extra large stage to play with and it's nice to see how she exploited it. Not sure about the outfits but I'll think it probably just shades a 9/10.
I loved this song and anything else this group did. The costumes I really did not like. The routine was okayish and not one I run to watch over and over again but is a filler. I will give this dance eight out of ten and Ruth gets best dancer.
Everywhere, wherever you look, manipulation rearing it's head.
I don't I've heard Rs rolled with such relish on the Pops before!
At 1min in when the line up to bend various ways to presumably make a sort-of star-shape I reckon they're in the wrong spot.
Louise, Babs and Dee Dee (I think) at the back don't get a look in. I can't believe it was supposed to be that way. You can just see a white gloved hand sticking out on the (our) right, when surely we should seeing some hatted-heads as well.
If they'd lined up in the middle of the catwalk - right in front of the camera - it would've worked a treat. I wonder what Flick was thinking at the time!
I'm not crazy about this one, too much scampering about and those outfits...?!
5/10 and DotD - for some reason Dee Dee really stands out for me.
Everything's been rosy. Wow, I was almost name-checked in the lyrics! That has to help. CotB were chart regulars back then, and this jaunty number offers good material for a dance routine. And the ladies deliver using the full breadth of the stage. Nice to see all six of them, but those outfits were very much of their time. 8/10 And I'll give Flick Dancer of the Day.
This is a tricky one to call, with the routine and outfits undoubtedly showing their early 1970’s credentials. Time (or is it the sea) can be cruel mistress and I’m afraid this routine, has suffered on that score. I will celebrate the chance to enjoy the dancing abilities of a full house of Pans in their pomp and the CoTB always delivered great harmonies which were worth a listen. 6/10
Pan’s People in hats. Nice big ones with wide floppy brims. And knickerbockers and gloves too. And long boots too, which were always good to see. This performance is not one that I have been viewing regularly over this past year, partly because of the costumes which I did not like very much. Although only being one ingredient in the routine, the outfits worn can greatly enhance or spoil the whole image. And this was one where they did not help, so I thought. But on viewing this a few times lately for the purpose of a review, the writer has changed his opinion and come to regard the clothes as rather ‘chic’- and a factor always to be considered in rating the costumes- would be very pleased to be out and about with the woman in my life so dressed. If she looked like a Dancing Queen that is!
The routine itself for ‘Everything’s Tuesday’ by Chairmen of the Board does not feel like early Pan’s any more to me, but from a more settled and matured group. Now having been on Top Of The Pops as a regular feature for over a year by this time in February 1971, they have become a very much expected item and, perhaps, feel a little safer and secure in their residence- I would hazard a guess. The whole performance is light, airy and seems full of the joys of life. The start with only Flick in view, looking towards the camera, and then moving over to the side of the stage with Babs and Louise, for a few dainty actions, and then Andi and Dee Dee gliding across to pass each other behind the others are notably attractive features. Likewise the split between the blondes and brunettes in the group at about 01.35 and the interweaving between them around 02.00. All plus points in the complete picture for me. And make the whole dance stand up more positively, after several views, than it had done before. But an aspect that is very obvious are a few flaws in the camera work during this dance. Particularly at about 02.22 when the picture comes in far too close to Babs then the others backs, and also seemingly doing the same at the end as they descend the stairs. Despite the captions for ‘Chairmen Of The Board’ and ‘Pan’s People’ at either end I did wonder if this was a clip of the rehearsal and not the broadcast version. Perhaps others can clarify that, if it is possible.
Is this routine one of the earliest in which the group use the stage as just more than the setting on which to perform, but as a prop or device for the dance. As at the beginning where Flick, Babs and Louise first put their hands on top of, then sit, and then lay down on the stage, while performing their routine movements. Of course, we do not have all the dances available to refer back to, but it does appear so from the evidence available that still remains. By now, with the large gaps in the existing coverage, to say that anything was the ‘first ever example of’ is now impossible and cannot be substantiated so it may be more apposite to refer to this as an early instance only. The stages or settings for the dances are of considerable interest. I must admit though that at the time in the 70s and 80s, although watching the whole programme regularly, I did not take any a great deal of notice with regard to the places where the Artists performed and the Dancers gracefully acted out the weekly routine. However, due to the meticulous investigative work of some, particularly on this Forum, when trying to establish the dates and details of various uncertain early routines, it has been proven to me what an enormous variety there were. At periods, certainly in the early 1970s, the stages would be changed with a noticeable frequency, about every month or so. Due to the imaginations and craft of the designers and builders, all probably working on a typically small budget, these are all part of the wonderful package of being able to re-watch the Top of the Pops programmes at this much later stage, many years afterwards.
A very endearing ensemble piece all round is ‘Everything’s Tuesday’ and one that has grown in my estimations this very day as I watch for purposes of a review. All the girls perform to a high standard and any where you look is found an enjoyable example of their presence. Ruth’s entrance at about 00.32 of course engages me, with her beautiful smile and captivating hand gestures, and then at about 01.10 when Louise comes to the fore for another entrancing cameo of hand and leg movements and a spin or two are both very appealing features for me. And also the brief moment right at the start when Flick looks over her left shoulder to encourage the viewer to follow her to the stage is another major plus point. But in the end, I feel that Ruth has to be my favourite here, for her special appearance, so she becomes my Dancer of The Day for this performance.
DOTD- Ruth. Loveliness and beauty personified, and oh so inviting in that outfit. A bright shining star- my own sweet ray of sunshine.
The routine- 8.5/10. I was wavering between that mark and 9/10, but it is now a dance I like more than before. Very stylish and fashionable indeed!
The cumulative totals- ( for my own benefit- and of no interest to any one else. )
Andi- 4, Babs- 1, Dee Dee- 3, Flick- 3, Louise- 2, Ruth- 4.
Despite the captions for ‘Chairmen Of The Board’ and ‘Pan’s People’ at either end I did wonder if this was a clip of the rehearsal and not the broadcast version. Perhaps others can clarify that, if it is possible.
Interestingly, the unedited show that is in the BBC archive does contain a few false starts and retakes of certain artists which appeared 'live' but not of Pan's People, so I think it is safe to say that what we have here is the broadcast version. On the other hand I'm pretty sure that it was pre-recorded, so it could be a recording of a rehearsal.
Thanks for another interesting review.