THANKS FOR THE MEMORY (WHAM BAM THANK YOU MAM) -- 31/05/1975
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Thanks For The Memory (Wham Bam Thank You Mam) _________________________________________________________________________________
Performed bySladeand reaching number 7 in the UK charts _________________________________________________________________________________
Original broadcast date31/05/1975Duration of dance - 1.30 mins _________________________________________________________________________________
Dancers: Babs, Cherry, Dee Dee, Ruth, Sue Guest dancer: Vanessa Cullom _________________________________________________________________________________
A link to the dance:
(Screenshot courtesy of Suefan)
If you wanna go up in a hot air balloon
Or join Pan's People dancin' to your favourite tune,
Jim'll Fix It and you know that he can,
Jim'll Fix It cos' he's that kind of man,
And all you gotta do is write along to him.
Leave it up to Jim.
Recounting the story of Slade on this forum would probably mean carrying coals to Newcastle. So I'll spare you the details and start right in 1973, when Slade were at the height of their popularity. Three of their singles went straight to number 1 (which, unlike today, was a rare feat in those days). Their Christmas number one sold more than a million copies in the UK alone. But come 1974 their popularity started to decline. Slade could never reach the No. 1 spot again, and in 1975 only one of their singles made the Top 10 – for just a solitary week.
"Thanks For The Memory (Wham Bam Thank You Mam)" was a non-album single (at least in the UK) and sounded not unlike some of their earlier records. Yet the days of Slade (and the days of glam rock in general) were clearly over. The 45 made No. 7 in its third week before UK buyers dismissed it with a "Wham Bam Thank You Slade!". The band would not return to the Top 10 for the next 6 years.
On the day the single peaked in the charts, Pan's People performed an exceptional routine to the song on "Jim'll Fix It". This was the very first edition of Jimmy Savile's television show in which he would let wishes of viewers come true. One of the first batch of lucky ones was eight year old Vanessa Cullom who had written in and asked if she could dance with Pan's People.
This is of course not the usual Pan's People routine. The whole performance is tailor-made for Vanessa's participation so it's neither utterly complicated nor does it feature any stunning solos by the girls. But it's the only (surviving?) routine that our ladies performed to a Slade song so I can't ignore it.
It is a nice 90 seconds even though it's needless to say that it cannot compare with any of the top performances. I like how the dresses from "Coconut" were obviously recycled almost three years (!) later. Vanessa puts up a good show and you can clearly see that the moves were well-rehearsed. Her presence provides a lot of fun in this dance. I guess her parents must have been very proud of her! For the pure fun factor, I'll give this
7 / 10
I decided to deactivate Dancer of the Day for this routine, as it's evident that Vanessa is meant to be the star here.
Can I please ask everyone not to discuss Jimmy Savile on this thread. Thank you!
Ah Vin'll Fix It. Great that we get to see this and I for one prefer this to the odd Coconut performance for which these costumes were used before. How thrilled would this young lady have been dancing with her idols? I'll resist trying to answer BB's interesting but tempting question about the costumes as I think I see tiger country in that direction. Anyway the ladies look quite lovely. Yes the routine is simple, as it had to be, but the song is a jolly one and the little lady does excellent work. This is enjoyable enough for 7.5/10 to me and always good to see Pans and Legs guesting on other Shows I must say.
Some Dancers who gave a good time, broke all the rules, played all the fools, yeah yeah yeah they blew our minds
How cute does Vanessa look?, it's like the regular Pan's People members alongside her have a mini-me. They'd ll be perfectly placed inside a circus, just some extra facial make-up to be applied, & they'd all look like dancing clowns, & I mean that in a complimentary fashion, as it were.
I wonder what evetntually became of Vanessa.
A really charming performance and the little lady plays a blinder. Indeed all six dancers look to having a great time with Flick's cleverly constructed routine which gets a 7.5 from me. (Expect this to be next for the caption comp treatment.)
nice little dance routine done especially for what it was meant for and that was a young girl to dance along to a song with totp legendary dancers pans people ,i think these costumes that were made by the bbc wardrobe department were made to last a bit longer than just one dance ,they had been used on the nationwide show as we know 3 years earlier ,and apparantley for the ressurection shuffle as well in 1971 ,anyway 7.5 from me
I hadn't even grasped this was Slade, though the hoarse vocals should have told me, I suppose. We hear from the John Denver programme that Flick was good at working within a dancer's limitations, and gave John 'little moves that he could do' even though he was no dancer! So it is here, the steps and the mood suit young Vanessa well, and you sense the others are 'leading' her, which is nice. Probably harder to put together than it looked, so 8.5 / 10
Can't say i've ever been a Slade fan, but this song does have a nice groove to it, so well suited to this one off dance. Good to see the funky ringmaster 'Coconut' outfits still surviving and making one last appearance as they are pretty cool, and don't look in bad shape. Nothing very taxing for the dancing, some running on the spot, high kicks and a conga line, but Vanessa gets well involved and that is the main point of the show to give them the experience of learning the dance, and not just the final performance. 7/10
♥♥♥♥ Cherry, Louise, Patti and Ruth Alliance ♥♥♥♥. Do you know where you're going to?, do you like the things that life is showing you?
I wouldn't have wanted these costumes to be dug out of the wardrobe, but that's beside the point because this was lucky young Vanessa's day. And it's a charming occasion for Pan's People and their little addition, albeit at odds with Noddy's raucous voice! It was nice that they built everything around Vanessa, right from when they form a line of honour to introduce her. I'm sure no-one begrudges her monopoly of the close-ups. The conga bit was a smart idea, allowing her to both lead and be guided. But the whole thing is devised at just the right level for Vanessa to enjoy herself and showcase her budding ability. Her performance was a credit to both herself and her rather special tutors.
Ahh this is nice and Vanessa looks very sweet and performs well. It is hard to believe that she will be getting on for 50 now! I am sure she will still remember the day with fondness. The dancing is understandably basic but still quite entertaining. I prefer Legs & Co's appearance on this programme, although that could be down to the song, however I am happy to award this 7.5 out of 10.
All round classy performance and wee Vanessa steals the show from Sue and the girls on this debut Jim'll Fix it, there is a crisp copy in private hands (ahem), but for the purposes of YT this will do nicely.....
point deducted for lack of badges being offered...
A lot of fun with this appearance on the first ever Jim'll Fix It show and a great effort on the part of 8 year old Vanessa Cullom from Hillingdon. Obviously the routine itself is kept fairly simple and the music track chosen has a strong beat to it that's easy to follow, so it serves its purpose well. It's interesting to see the costumes from one of the 1972 Nationwide Slimming campaign films (Coconut) make a reappearance here with two different Pans members Cherry & Sue - or three if you count Vanessa's small version!
It proves again how wide a span of appreciation Pan's People had from very young children to old folk, indeed Louise said about their fan mail on 'Clunk Click' the 1974 forerunner to this series, "It ranges from 5 to 50 years really". After the dance, Sue examine's the Jim'll Fix It badge closely (of course at this point it was a new item) and when Pans are asked what they thought, Cherry sums up Vanessa's ability by saying simply "I wish she was 10 years older".
A delightful performance from a gentler age of children's entertainment. 7/10