Hot Love (Version 1) _________________________________________________________________________________
Performed byT. Rexand reaching number 1 in the UK charts _________________________________________________________________________________
Original broadcast date11/03/1971Duration of dance - 3.35 mins _________________________________________________________________________________
Dancers: Andrea, Babs, Dee Dee, Flick, Louise, Ruth _________________________________________________________________________________
A link to the dance:
Flick (on the left), Louise (centre)
Flick, Louise, Andrea (centre), Babs (on the right)
Babs, Dee Dee & Ruth (on the right)
Andrea and two unknown guys
Babs & Ruth and those guys again!
What's the best glam-rock song of all time? According to Jon Savage of "The Guardian", it is a record that came out when the term "Glam-rock" wasn't even coined yet: "Hot Love" by T. Rex. Marc Bolan's TOTP appearance for that song is often cited as the birth of glam-rock.
This week's featured routine is the first of two backing dances for "Hot Love" - a record that spent no less than six weeks at the top of the UK charts. Wait - isn't this labelled "Version 2" on our channel? Yes it is, and I explained why that happened in my other "Hot Love" post (for the actual "Version 2") which you can find here.
While the second version survived thanks to an airing on ZDF's "disco 71", this first version was saved by the estimated Bob Pratt and remains one of only two surviving bits from that particular show. What is remarkable about this clip is how it demonstrates that Marc Bolan sang live vocals because he almost messed up the lyrics: at 0.44 min into the song the correct line to sing should have been "I'm a labourer of love in my persian gloves" (make of that what you will) while Bolan was already a bit ahead starting to sing the next line which begins with "I'm her two-penny prince". He realized his mistake rather quickly but the result is a somewhat strange "I'm her two-bourer of love in my persian gloves"...
Unlike in "Version 2", Pan's People are mixing with the audience on stage. Blink and you'll miss 'em! I must say I needed a couple of watchings to be dead certain that all six dancers were present in this performance, but in the end I could identify them all. It is a bit tricky though as they are not dancing together, and some even seem to change their places.
I actually prefer "Version 2", as I think it's much livelier than this one. Besides, we hardly see our favourite dancers in "Version 1" - not even enough to make this performance eligible for ratings. So I can offer this clip for comments only.
Marc Bolan "Hot Love"... I won't go into what I think of the track again... On to the visual... If Pans had been featured more heavily then this would have faired better, but that's the trouble with these backing dances, it would almost be an improvement if they weren't featured at all then I could forget the sequence entirely! There's a bit of an anthem feel to the last minute with semi-mixed shots but a fleeting glimpse of Pans amongst the crowd is not enough to lift the monotony.
Nice to see the ladies at any time I suppose but this is a bit minimalist as we've already heard. However it's good to see those Jeepster pants again but I wonder can anyone see the pic on their shirts cos I'm struggling there? This certainly does have an anthemic feel to it and I do like the slow sideways move of the crowd of loyalists.
Some Dancers who gave a good time, broke all the rules, played all the fools, yeah yeah yeah they blew our minds
There's precious little of Pan's People, & it reminds me of some of Legs & Co.'s 'appearances' a decade afterwards, it's only towards the end, that we get a few half-decent shots of them.
Just to add, I like how Mark Bolan covered his lyrical mistake, I had to replay that bit, having not noticed, the almost skipped line.
Pan's too fleeting and audience-like. Certainly prefer V2, including the extra inclusivity shots from the German studio brings. But always an enjoyable 'something's in the air' moment watching this song performed.
An entertaining 3 minutes and somewhat of a time capsule of 1971 fashions on display, perhaps it should have been called 'Hot Pants' instead of Hot Love. I like the idea of PP blending in with the audience as they do a dance so simple even those with two left feet can join in with, it looks like hop left, hop right, jump and clap, move sideways. The t-shirt designs are a puzzle even after 2 years of trying to guess what they are, i think they may be different designs but the camera is understandably mostly trained on T-Rex or meandering behind the stage and not really giving us the close ups we need. Still, there is a nice atmosphere about this performance, the la-la-la section at the end is quite joyous as the all female crowd surround the band joining in the chant, they must have really enjoyed being up their dancing with PP. Nice to (briefly) see Ruth sporting a pony tail too.
It's always lovely to see Pan's People backing, though I must say that they didn't get that much camera time which is a shame. I can watch this performance many times to look for Pan's People and not get sick of it because the song is just so good.
Sadly, the record button wasn't pressed 3 minutes earlier, but I'm happy that this exists from that edition.
I mentioned regarding the Lance Lagault pic that those outfits were later used for Hot Love v2, but i've realised the t-shirts on this version have also been seen before, namely The Love You Save on 13-8-70. Good old BBC recycling
Only Flick appears to be wearing the same in both performances. Most others are swapped like this.
Pink (Louise -> Andi)
Green (Babs -> Dee Dee)
Red/Orange (Dee Dee -> Louise)
Yellow (Ruth -> Babs)
Good spot, Mikey. Isn't it fascinating that we still keep spotting such details after so many times we've watched those clips! The Hot Love clip is also a good example that the standard colour scheme was in no way obligatory.
Crowds dancing on Top Of The Pops. Always good fun to watch, at any stage of the programmes existence. I find it pleasing to see the all young people having fun. I suppose there might have been a time when I would have like to have joined them, but when I was old enough to do so I would have lost interest. There were always rumours that there were a few 'professionals' placed in the crowd to encourage the rest to get moving. And this would be an example of this, with Pan's People in the crowd, but here done in an obviously overt way. The dancing crowds always played a large part in boosting the atmosphere in the studio, the writer feels. And when they are up and active as here it is a joy to see. And more so at this period in the early 70s when it looks, from the outside, that every body was having a good time, no matter the need to record a Television programme and the requirements of the moving cameras.
Here we have Pan's People dancing among the crowd, first sighted at about 00.52, with the others to the left of the band. The movements are little more than a sway from side to side, a shuffle, a jump and a clap. There are Pan's in their differently, and brightly coloured tops and trousers, seeming to have as much fun as the rest of the audience. I believe they had performed to 'Another Day' by Paul McCartney earlier in the show- so had changed from the outfits worn for that routine, into this more informal attire. At about 02.20 Flick starts to lead the dancing throng behind Marc Bolan and Steve Currie, from right to left, and we have another chance to see most of Pan's again, as all the girls, dancers and audience go past. All good fun and enjoyable to watch, but it is impractical to mark this for an award for the routine. So I will not try. But can we choose a Dancer Of The Day? I want to and having thought about it, I shall. Babs seems to get just that little more air-time than the others, all well and good, but I feel that any chance to vote for Andi should not be spurned, so she is my pick for today. Looking very stylish indeed with her hair up for this track. And a full point, not a half either.
Do you remember how big was T. Rex at about this time? I can recall when starting Secondary School this very year of 1971 where we were asked to name our favourite bands. Someone said Lindisfarne- a mostly Album focused band really, another said Sweet- newly in the charts then, a further one said something like Led Zeppelin- clearly been listening to his older brother's records, but the majority, including me, said T. Rex. They were at a phenomenally successful stage in that year. The 'glam-rock' moment, of Marc Bolan with his glitter- the other Hot Love performance I believe- had occurred by then, in September 1971, creating a huge amount of fervent aficionados to that glam-rock scene, T. Rextasy as it became known. I saw it myself on TV at home, but watching in black and white did not leave a great mark on my 10 year old impressionable self- but I did like the music.
DOTD- Andi- for her brief stylish and watchable moments.
The marks awarded now are:-
Andi- 5, Babs- 1, Dee Dee- 3, Flick- 3, Louise- 2, Ruth- 4.