RING MY BELL (First version)Dance/performance number 168 by Legs & Co _____________________________________________________________
Performed byAnita Wardreaching number 1 in the UK charts _____________________________________________________________
Original broadcast date07/06/79Duration of dance/performance 2.40 mins _____________________________________________________________
Dancers - Gill, Lulu, Patti, Pauline, Rosie, Sue _____________________________________________________________
The Legs & Co attendance register so far after 168 dances
**** THIS WILL NOT BE SHOWN ON BBC4 **** _______________________________________________________________
Yes its another of those oddball routines. Why the Morris dancer theme. I would guess that FC had this theme in her head for a while and this was the ideal routine to unleash it. Ring my bell=Legs & Co in this get up, bells and all. All very bizarre i must say. The routine itself is fine i guess, but nothing more. I like the hip shaking and those white costumes that show the girls legs off rather well. The set is sparse, with a few posts set up with what looks like old xmas decorations stuck on. Talking of Xmas, the second version of this is far superior and will be more warmly received by me. I do wonder if this routine was a late replacement, it kinda gives me that impression.
Im only at '7 out of 10' for this, with 'Rosie' as my DOTD.
Legs ring a bell for Morris Dancing and come up with another winner. Traditionally a male pastime this derivation of the ancient art is much more to my liking and Flicks interpretation of the traditional Cotswold costume works a treat. All the ladies tease the audience with aplomb but for her little solo I'm choosing Pauline as my Dotd, although Sue's 'naughty boy' handkerchief swish at about the 2.29 mark is also a favourite moment. Although not a maximum I really enjoy this playful performance and so am giving it a 9.5.
very odd but endearing routine to this disco monster by Anita Ward, as Ryan said it looks like a late replacement for a probable Frisbee song, but who knows. It is delightful; and the all white does make it a bit harsh at times competing with the stark white light. Looks like Flick acted on the bells part and thought Morris dancing, how on earth this has to do with Morris dancing I have no idea.
This routine has grown on me over the weeks, and I find a slight perverse joy out of this, I have spotted Gill mistimed at the back near the end of the routine but that is nitpicking. The sly smile and side swipe and aside by Sue is a joy unto itself, but it's the captivating smile and maximum enjoyment of Rosemary that draws you in.
DOTD - Rosemary
Scores on the doors:- well after my run of tens, i can only award this 9.5/10 (gosh I dropped my standards, but roll on Xmas)
Provocative Morris Dancing Ms Colby? Honestly, what next? But it does work and those white suits really show off the fine form on stage perfectly. There are some nice snippets by most of the Dancers as mentioned but I too have to award DotD to our soloist Pauline and I do enjoy this considerably despite it's slight quirkiness so I'm a 9/10 man this time
Some Dancers who gave a good time, broke all the rules, played all the fools, yeah yeah yeah they blew our minds
If only Morris Dancing was really like this, it would probably be a lot more popular!
I don't think this was a last minute replacement as the song had reached number three and up to this point I don't think either a video or studio performance had been shown, and also the costumes match the bell theme.
I like their outfits and there are some nice moves performed, but this routine just lacks that X factor which transforms a good performance into a great one.
I will score it 8 out of 10.
Pauline comes from the obscurity of the rear to perform a nice solo and gets DOTD.
A week out for being May queens, the Legs ladies do straw hats and flowers a lot better than their effort two years earlier on the "Greatest Love of All" routine. Having a more upbeat song to perform too helps.
The set also reminds me a bit of the "poly-tunnel" Sue and Lulu shuffled in around the same time.
DotD: Just when I thought she was going to get sidelined once again, in comes Pauline and her delightful solo part to scoop the honours.
Given the subject matter of Anita Wards track, Flick could've gone for the obvious, & really tested the censors, but thankfully we have something, that's heaps more wholesome, more like a procession of cheerleaders, parading all about the stage, very near to the audience, & their faces tell us that they're clearly enjoying themselves here.
The ladies in this routine are dresses in white one piece bathing suits. And white hat with flowers around the rim. And sash of flowers over there shoulders. And carrying white handkerchiefs and waving them like Morris dancers. Am sorry I don't get the Morris dance idea for this routine. The Christmas version is far better routine than this routine. But there are some good moment in this routine. I like the Sue moment near the end of the song. And nice bit by Rosie. But it still a middling routine so I will after give it a middling score.
The morris dancing connection is obvious here. Morris dancers wear bells - the bells ward off evil spirits you see. Anita ward them off, you might say. As do the hankies. So there you go - i don't think Flick had the Morris idea in her head for a while and was waiting for a frisbee moment to chuck it in, she was thinking of bells and Morris came to mind. She was a woman educated in all the myriad and wonderful forms of dance afterall!
The girls here are dressed in Cotswolds style, the common form of Morris. The other two styles are Border and NorthWest, with Britannia Coco-nutters of Bacup very much doing their own thing.
The straw hats, garlands, tiny ankle bell-pads (listen carefully and they're there as they prance and shimmy!) and maypole-esque surroundings are all very much English summer fete. I can just imgaine melting ice creams and beers in squishy plastic glasses. Click of leather on willow and all that. As far removed from the saucey nature of song as you can get!
I like it. I can't see many traditional Morris steps in there - no caper, gallies, half-gyps or heys, but there are well defined common and distinctive figures. There are glimmers of Bampton and Fieldtown with maybe a hint of Adderbury at one point. Morris has been a mixed sport since the first world war saw off a whole generation of young Morris men, and today I don't think a single Morris side would turn these ladies down.
They all look great, it's a nice song and a fine dance. And most importantly not a single dropped hankie - a dropped hankie buys a round!
10/10 and the Squire-of-the-Day is Pauline.
It may be of interest and no doubt amusement to folks that I myself have danced the Morris, way back in the dim & distant. Oh yes. And no, I'm not sharing the YouTube links. :-)
I told DeeDee once thinking/hoping she'd perhaps be a little impressed with my forays in to the world of dance. But no. "Morris dancing...?" she said, "It's a bit minging isn't it?". I quickly got her another glass of wine and said no more about it.
I'm guess she must pleased that Anita didn't come along ringing her bells a few years earlier!
Ah Morris dancing from Heaven and I bet they didn't insist on a free beer at the end either 9/10.
Dotd is again quite tough, good to see Pauline getting a solo, Rosie and her lovely legs are very tempting, but it's the swish that Suefan refered to that swayed my vote to Sue, a nice bit of icing on an already tasty cake! (I'll get me coat!)
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The title of the song alone seems to have sparked the unlikely concept for this one. But whatya know, turns out OB is as at home at the corn mill as he is at exclusive metropolitan gatherings and he's able to provide us with a Jack Hargreaves-esque guide to proceedings. Ha Ha!
Happily with the garlands, swim-wear, and beach foot-wear it's more Mauritius than Morris. With the pulsing sound like a tropical bird cooing away in the tree-tops, at a bit of a stretch. The skeletal set isn't much cop though, giving the impression the studio techs had downed tools and gone on strike after a hour's work, leaving Flick to raid the Christmas box in desperation. The dancing, sprinkled with flirty moments, makes for very agreeable viewing, although I feel as others do that it just lacks that certain something that the best routines have. There's a good solo from Pauline but it's a pity the camera was shy: a rudimentary error of direction, I would have thought. And a super shimmy and 'get away with you' swish of the hankie from Sue. Pauline and her solo is not to be sneezed at however and she's my DOTD.
We've been spoilt with so many excellent routines lately, we just needed to take a breather. I've never heard of Morris dancing before, but, there you go, always learn something new here. "Ring My Bell" doesn't ring many of my bells unfortunately, neither the song nor the routine, but it's still a good performance even if not up to the high standard of the past weeks.
It seems Donna Summer briefly had some competition in the saucy pop song stakes, but whilst the track is good poor Anita was a one hit wonder. Bringing the village fete to the TOTP studios is a nice idea and they do look quite luverley is those all white pieces, jogging and shimmying up and down the stage. The set looks a bit ropey but having camera's positioned at both ends allows for some creative direction and meaning there is no set front or back as in a lot of 'in a line' style dances.
Whilst this is certainly not a let down by any means, 1979 has been of a high standard so far, and this not quite up there with some of the previous highs, 7/10 DOTD Rosie
I like this dance more than the Xmas one.All the hip shaking,tissue waving and loping from one end of the stage to the other is charming,and the costumes of course of great.The whole thing is most enjoyable to watch.It was good to see some audience girls dancing along too.Although they all look and move just fine i think Pauline's little solo bit deserves my putting her forward for top dancer this week.
Wasps aside, all that's missing from this Summer Fete dance, which looks as if it's located on a structurally-suspect float is a Maypole. Imagine a Legs & Co. routine involving ribbons not hanging lank from above, as in the Love Is In The Air or I Wanna Get Next To You performances but fully integrated into the dance. On one occasion the ladies seem to be using the handkerchiefs to send out a message in semaphore : 'Help! The poles are wobbling.' Close inspection of the opening shot reveals a sleigh-bell or two affixed the the ankle-based flower-chains. Love the occasions when the ladies dash quickly to find their floor spots in a dance which just about has the right amount of allure thanks to the rear views offered by the costumes. Those hats are tough to adore, though. Both Sue, with her 'get away' swish of the handkerchief and Pauline with her snake-hipped solo, where a close up of any kind would have been welcomed, catch the eye.
What the fudge!?! I don't get the Morris Dancer theme, the only thing I can think of is maybe the bell ringing reference. Anyway it kind of works, and it's a bit different. Girls look great, although the routine and song don't do an awful lot for me.