KNOCK ON WOODDance/performance number 164 by Legs & Co _______________________________________________________________________
Performed byAmii Stewartreaching number 6 in the UK charts _______________________________________________________________________
Original broadcast date10/05/79Duration of dance/performance 2.35 mins _______________________________________________________________________
Dancers - Gill, Lulu, Patti, Pauline, Rosie, Sue _______________________________________________________________________
The Legs & Co attendance register so far after 164 dances
Here Legs & Co dance to the best disco sound of 1979 in my view and put on another quite magnificent show. Though i am surprised to see the track only reached number 6 in the charts. The dancers look super cool in their shades and the see through material for the lower half of the costumes gets the thumbs up from me. Absolutely adore the knocking on thin air actions, done with precision timing to match the beat.
Indeed im struggling to find anything i don't like about this. Great sound, plenty of close-ups, no annoying cross fades, decent costumes, nice lighting, all make for this to score highly. Great touch to have the audience at the girls knee level, as they gaze upwards at the dancers.
I did spot Sue uncharacteristically losing her way half way through this for a couple of seconds, but that wont detract from me awarding another maximum score of '10 out of 10'.
DOTD, all the girls looked cool, but for me the demure 'Patti' looked the coolest.
These high-energy dance routines do tend to bring it the best in Legs & Co., & it's plain to see that they're all enjoying themselves, & they seem to be getting even more daring with their costumes, but I think that they needed to lose their dark glasses, & maybe there should've been some trees on stage acting as props, so that the ladies could Knock On Wood, a trick was certainly missed there, for a more literal interpretation of that particular Amii Stewart track.
This is a total classic IMHO. I love the cool look of the Troupe in this one and it illustrates perfectly how they specialise in looking a million bucks in costumes that cost more like five quid. I agree too about this being one of the best Dance tunes of the year and the ladies make the most of it and their kicks, squats and punches are right on the money. There seems to me a 3:3 split here with some smiles from Rosie, Pauline and Lulu and cool detachment from Gill, Patti and Sue and I have previously admitted that I am powerless in the face of the latter even though the former is highly appealing too. I have to agree with our host that Patti is the absolute Queen of Cool here though and gets my DotD again. My rating is another 10/10 for a very very fine dance indeed
Some Dancers who gave a good time, broke all the rules, played all the fools, yeah yeah yeah they blew our minds
Another fine dance routine although not quite reaching maximum territory. There is just something unfinished looking about the costumes that distracts so my rating is a 9. For their super cool attitude Gill, Patti and Sue are vying for Dotd and Patti just shades it.
There's something about the platform setting, the camera angles, the background and the dancing uniformity which reminds me of 1980's Green Onions (and that's without a quick comparison check for (in)accuracy). If it was indeed a frisbeed quickee, it's certainly a successful amendment dancewise. Those chiffon (doo-lang doo-lang doo-lang) trousers certainly appeal but...err...maybe line-up positioning could have been altered in the circumstances for flattering purposes.
Love the dainty little knocks on imaginary wood and the moves throughout. Any reason for the shades other than for cool accessory purposes? The ladies all look cool altough I'm half expectiong Sue to shout "Hello possums!" at one stage. The two brunettes dance the most appealingly and it's a battle between a hot pout and, as Col has already described, an irresistible smile for DOTD.
Also, the song itself is one of the best and most memorable singles of 1979.
These young ladies are getting quite an attitude lately. Just a phase I suppose. But it's right for the song again; this is no balsa-like cover, it's a hard sound for its day and much better than Bowie's affected blue-eyed soul version IMO.
In shades, back-less vests and sparkly black mesh trousers they sure look the biz. In a line on a narrow stage not normally designed for dancing and with the audience crowded down below the feel is of a guest appearance at a night-spot. Next week: Village People. Moves are suitably tough as they flex their muscles and target their pistols and give sensual rub-downs. High-kicking in that confinement brings a danger of a stiletto in the back for less proficient dancers. There's a disparity between some of the rapping and the multi-tracked drums, but we wouldn't want them dislocating anything!
Gill's picked up DOTDs, but she is out at times. Patti is too cool. Sue is the one for me.
this is another one of my favourite legs routines ,I certainly remember watching it first time round in 1979 because id either just bought the record or I bought it straight after legs had danced to it ,anyway its a routine that stuck in my mind over the years ,a 10 from me and gill dancer of the day