MY SWEET LORD -- 27/12/1971

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MY SWEET LORD -- 27/12/1971

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My Sweet Lord
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Performed by George Harrison and reaching number 1 in the UK charts
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Original broadcast date 27/12/1971 Duration of dance - 4.05 mins
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Dancers: Andrea, Babs, Dee Dee, Flick, Louise, Ruth
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A link to the dance:
https://youtu.be/rMIySbsWOzM
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Über George Harrison muss man wohl nicht viele Worte verlieren. Er war zwar bei den Beatles nie so dominant wie etwa Paul McCartney oder John Lennon, spielte aber doch eine nicht unerhebliche Rolle für die musikalische Entwicklung der Band. Und einige seiner Kompositionen können durchaus mit denen aus der Feder von Lennon/McCartney mithalten, z.B. "Here Comes The Sun", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" oder "Something". Harrison konvertierte Mitte der 60er Jahre zum Hinduismus und brachte danach indische Elemente in die Musik der Beatles ein ("Norwegian Wood").

Erstaunlicherweise war es Harrison, der als erster der Beatles bereits 1968 ein Soloalbum aufnahm ("Wonderwall Music"). Als sich die Beatles 1970 trennten, war er zunächst derjenige mit dem größten kommerziellen Erfolg. "All Things Must Pass" war das erste Dreifachalbum überhaupt und gilt heute noch als Klassiker. Besonders ein Stück von diesem Album machte George Harrison zum absoluten Superstar: "My Sweet Lord", ein weltweiter Nr. 1-Hit, der auch heute noch im Radio gespielt wird.

"My Sweet Lord" ist eine Lobpreisung des Hindu-Gotts Krishna, das sich aber gleichzeitig gegen religiöses Sektierertum wenden soll. Deswegen verwendet das Lied nicht nur "Hare Krishna"-Gesänge, sondern auch das hebräische "Halleluja" und Auszüge aus einem vedischen Gebet. Dadurch schaffte es Harrison, Menschen aus allen möglichen Religionen anzusprechen, was sicherlich einen erheblichen Teil des Erfolgs ausmacht. Nicht übersehen werden darf die eingängige Melodie, die gleich zu Beginn auf der Gitarre gespielt wird - definitiv eines der bekanntesten Intros eines Pop-Liedes überhaupt.

Allerdings kam noch ein weiterer Faktor hinzu: nicht wenigen seiner Hörer mag der Song irgendwie bekannt vorgekommen sein. Bereits kurz nach der Single-Veröffentlichung, im Februar 1971, wurde Harrison beschuldigt, die Musik von dem Titel "He's So Fine" der Chiffons abgekupfert zu haben. Und die Ähnlichkeit ist tatsächlich frappierend! So ist es auch wenig überraschend, dass das amerikanische Bezirksgericht im Jahre 1976 schließlich entschied, Harrison habe das Lied zumindest unterbewusst kopiert und damit das Urheberrecht verletzt. Dieser Prozess tat der Popularität von "My Sweet Lord" jedoch keinen Abbruch; die Single verbrachte 5 Wochen auf Platz 1 der britischen Hitparade.

Da Harrison für Auftritte in TOTP nicht zur Verfügung stand (und es auch noch kein Video gab), kam Pan's People die Aufgabe zu, das Lied für die wöchentliche Musikshow zu interpretieren, zum ersten Mal am 21/01/1971, als MSL auf Platz 7 in die Charts einstieg. Aller Wahrscheinlichkeit nach handelt es sich bei dem Auftritt in der Sendung vom 27/12/1971 um eine Wiederholung dieser ersten Darbietung (die Originalfolge ist leider nicht mehr im Archiv der BBC vorhanden).

Wer mich schon etwas länger kennt, weiß ja, wie ich über "My Sweet Lord" denke. Dieser Song ist anscheinend in der Lage, die Menschen in zwei Lager zu spalten ("marmite"). Viele lieben ihn, aber für einige scheint er auch die reinste Folter zu sein. Ich gehöre zu denjenigen, die das Lied seit jeher nicht ausstehen konnten. Ich kann nicht viel über Harrisons Motive sagen - dafür kenne ich ihn zu wenig -, ich weiß aber, dass ich diesen religiösen Mischmasch furchtbar finde: inkonsequent, ziellos, geradezu anbiedernd und für meinen Geschmack nur darauf aus, möglichst vielen Leuten zu gefallen. Wenn das Lied wirklich eine Botschaft haben soll, kann es doch nicht der Sinn der Sache sein, jedermanns Geschmack zu bedienen. Tatsächlich glaube ich persönlich auch eher, dass Harrison insgeheim darüber triumphiert hat, wie ganze Nationen plötzlich "Hare Krishna" mitsangen und den von ihm so geschätzten Hindu-Gott damit verehrten. Ich kann damit zum einen nichts anfangen, und finde es zum anderen ziemlich hinterhältig, den Hörer mit einer gefälligen Melodie und einem - nur scheinbaren - Loblied auf den Interkonfessionalismus zu einem, wenn auch unbewussten, Lobpreiser seines eigenen Gottes zu machen. So ein wenig wie der Rattenfänger von Hameln...

Natürlich sehen unsere Tänzerinnen wie (fast) immer fantastisch aus. Der Tanz ist recht simpel, aber sehr elegant. Einige Szenen sind wohl bewusst so gestaltet, dass sie wie eine religiöse Anbetung aussehen. Zwischendurch gibt es noch ein paar Bilder von George. Insgesamt hätte mich die Darbietung allerdings auch nicht zu Begeisterungsstürmen hingerissen, wenn sie zu einem anderen Song erfolgt wäre. Dazu ist das Tempo viel zu langsam und das Ganze wirkt zu schlicht.

Tja, wie soll ich diese Aufführung nun bewerten? Für den Song würde ich am liebsten 0 Punkte geben, für den Tanz vielleicht 7 oder 8. Da ich mir diesen Clip (wegen der Musik) eigentlich nie anschaue, kann ich nicht mehr geben als

4.5 / 10

Einen DotD zu nominieren finde ich sehr schwierig, habe mich aber letztendlich für Flick entschieden.

Ach ja, etwas sollte ich nicht vergessen zu erwähnen: mit 4.05 Min ist "My Sweet Lord" der längste Pan's People Auftritt in meiner Sammlung. Oder kennt jemand noch einen längeren?
I lay on the lilo till I'm lobster red
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PansLegs
It's easy to see how this record made it to No.1 (and not necessarily with God's help as quipped by John Lennon) although much of George's pleasure at reaching the top of the charts away from The Beatles was probably completely dissipated after the plagiarism suit. It's obvious that Flick embraced the song's anthem style qualities and turned out another performance perfectly fitting the soundtrack.


Building in momentum, just as the track itself does, Flick begins separated from the rest of the troupe with shots dissolving to and fro as if to signify communication and understanding across a great distance. As the record builds, Dee Dee embarks on her journey to join Flick... "I really want to go with you". Soon follows Babs & Louise... "I really want to see you".  Then an intermingling of the now three pairs of dancers accompanies "I really want to know" and by the time the instrumental break arrives, the troupe is as one. The finale, consisting of arms held aloft, the audience then joining, followed by joyous style rhythmic clapping is a visual perfectly suited to the mood of the track. The ending of the routine feels like it has been curtailed in its repeat form from the Christmas '71 Part 2 show but really we are lucky to have it at all and a full four minutes is not to be sniffed at. A personal favourite of the dancers themselves and they all look very splendid indeed in their long satin gowns of triangular material. 7.5, DotD Flick
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Paperboyplod
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The dresses are of an unusual design, that looks quite refreshing, a kind of humbug design, if you all will.
However the dance routine itself's a missed opportunity to present something along literal lines.
Ideally it would've been filmed somewhere, most probably outdoors in front of a giant Buddha statue, or at least inside a Buddhist temple, because of the constant references to Hari Krishna, it would've looked heaps more interesting, certainly one of those chances to go out on location, & play it out on video within TOTPs.
The dancing's a regular sashay about the stage, but in all fairness, it's not an easy track to dance to, even for consummate proffessionals, as Pan's People are, there.

7/10

DotD:-

Andrea

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PattiForPM
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Still muddling through the Sanskrit translation.......
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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Suefan
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I'm sure Flick does the best she can with this material but is this a song to dance to?  I think not.
What it actually is is anybody's guess but what it certainly isn't TB is "one of the most beautiful songs ever released".
While I like a spot of fine choreography, when its on offer, I'm not a one for pseudo hagiography so the superimposed images of GH just get on my goat!
However, I do like the girls dresses for this one but overall it never seems to get anywhere so just a 4.5 with Flick my fall back Dotd.
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PaulF
A job well done to a track that is not easy to dance to. Nice dresses and flowing movement makes for pleasant viewing   7/10.

Dotd Flick
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Quite simply in my view this is one of the greatest songs of all time and the routine devised for it is equally as good. Its one ive always enjoyed, with its large dancing area and maybe i play this more than any Pans routine from the earlier era. The only thing that i dont like is the still pics of George which basically get in the way of things.

I haven't a religious bone in my body, but i can well appreciate the message of hope this song is trying to convey. Its of course also relevant today, maybe even more so. The routine with its gentle dance moves matches it perfectly.

I can feel our host Vintage Videos gnashing his teeth reading this, as i know he dislikes both the song and routine.

Well gnash your teeth on this rating.

`10 out of 10`

With `Flick` Guru of the day.

RYAN
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VintageVideos
If I gnashed my teeth on every rating that isn't corresponding with my own view, I'd have a weekly appointment with my dentist
Not only did I expect your rating - I also anticipated much higher ratings from our other members than those that were given up to now. Least of all I expected another member rating this routine as low as I did.
I lay on the lilo till I'm lobster red
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Gorgeous Daze
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Paperboyplod wrote
Ideally it would've been filmed somewhere, most probably outdoors in front of a giant Buddha statue, or at least inside a Buddhist temple, because of the constant references to Hari Krishna,
As the Hare Krishna movement is an offshoot of Hinduism I'm not entirely sure that strains of Krishna devotion reverberating around the Buddhist temple with accompanying dancers would be met with the peaceful response Buddhists are renowned for.
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PattiForPM
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Ich respektiere Ihre Meinung.

However I cannot help myself here.  From the brilliant guitar intro onward I am drawn in and I really like this song, regardless of its religious overtones and its possible (legally proven, I guess) derivative nature.  I also find the ladies very compelling in their role as leaders of the session of worship and celebration.  Those "laminated" dresses are quite beautiful in my opinion and the latter part in which the ladies skip trance-like across the Stage is very good indeed.  Certainly this is not an easy piece of Dance music but I think Flick and the ladies did very well indeed and I do enjoy this enough to award 8.5/10 .  Flick gets my DotD for some really good solo work.  
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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Suefan
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I feel I may be being overly hard with my low score but the pseudo hagiography we have here puts me off big time.
I'm almost certainly guilty of not giving Flick the sufficient credit that her efforts deserve although I doubt it was a particularly challenging dance for the ladies to perform.
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Old Grey Whistler
This is on my list of all time favourite songs. I find it quite uplifting, but it is not really ideal dance music.  I think Flick has done a good job to cobble together a very enjoyable routine, and I like their dresses as well.
I'll give it 8.5 out of 10 and Flick will be dancer of the day.
Without Legs & Co, there would be no show!
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Gorgeous Daze
Credit for giving the maxi dresses a modernist design that wouldn't look dated in any subsequent era. As it's a long routine and he looks the part I don't mind the photos of George. The hands up to heaven and indeed all those graceful moves suit the song, but it doesn't quite grab me.

DOTD Flick.  6.5/10
Steve
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Mikey
A really nice record and a superb piece of work here from Flick, clearly a lot of thought went into the idea of representing a spiritual leader of sorts gradually bringing people together. The outfits are nice and PP look gorgeous, but there is something hypnotic about the way they move along the stage in small groups in order to join Flick, coupled with the back and forth overlays showing the separate groups. The final group ‘Hari Krishna’ dance part is interesting and joyous and they even manage to rope in the audience to join in the fun. Whilst I’m not religious in the slightest, maybe I should be worshiping Pan and give this a 10/10. DOTD Flick.
♥♥♥♥ Cherry, Louise, Patti and Ruth Alliance ♥♥♥♥. If there's a cure for this I don't want it.

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This was a lovely dance and I only saw this for the first time about ten years ago.  The routine was just beautiful and the dresses were gorgeous.  All of the dancers played a lovely part and interpreted the lyrics so well.  My best dancer goes to Flick as she clearly looks so relaxed here.  I am going to give this a big nine out of ten.  It was big in length so really no edits and it was gorgeous and memorable and one could easy copy this dance too.  
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mojo2007
I'm usually resistant to Beatle solo effort but I give in on this occasion. When Flick arrived at  the Pearly Gates and was asked to justify her admission ( apart from being an angel ) she could pull this out of the bag for a 10.
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Andeebee
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not really a fan of hippy drippy long hair swinging shove religion down your throat style of music, but this ticks all the boxes, super routine, last min replacement as Pans couldn't appear on that Xmas TOTP, so the story goes.

Another highly viewed YT routine, great comment on there, Pans look like they are trying helicopter their way out of treacle.  made me laugh, can't top that review.

top notch stuff.

Scores: 10/10

Helicopter pilot of the day: Felicity
Hopelessly Devoted to Sue

Doc
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Doc
Nice to see the 'dumbbell' shaped stage in full use (I think that Joy to World and Let's See Action are the other times). It seems clear that in 1971 Flick had a lot more 'real estate' to plan her dances on even if the shape was awkward. It's a dance I like watching 9/10.
Dotd: I'm going for Flick, even if it does appear that she's fallen out with everyone, at least until Dee Dee patches things up.
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Mikey
Doc, that stage was used through 71 and 72, and even a few months into 73 (Beeb getting their moneys worth no doubt), Here is a good example. I believe i made a comment a while ago about this giving Flick a lot more room than 1970 and she made good use of it of course.

♥♥♥♥ Cherry, Louise, Patti and Ruth Alliance ♥♥♥♥. If there's a cure for this I don't want it.

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SuPaLu
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Uninspired and uninteresting.5/10
DotD:Flick
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