TOKYO JOEDance number 41 by Legs & Co ______________________________________________________
Performed by Bryan Ferryand reaching No 15 in the UK charts ______________________________________________________
Original broadcast date 26/05/77Duration of dance 2.40 mins ______________________________________________________
Dancers -- Gill,Patti,Pauline,Rosie,Sue. ______________________________________________________
The Legs & Co attendance register so far after 41 dances
I know i sound like a record stuck on repeat play, but once again a routine (and a very good one at that) is marred by the lighting situation. I guess if the set is adorned with paper lanterns, then it wouldn't work if it was to brightly lit. We get nice half silhouettes of the girls, but with such a clever worked routine with all the oriental moves, it just leaves this viewer frustrated, like quite a few performances from this period.
The actual routine itself though is quite splendid, i love all the stereotypical moves, the bowing etc. Given this routine, any choreographer would have done the same with the Jappo feel to it.
Just aside from Legs, i wonder why did Roxy Music went through `wilderness years` during this period ? Anyhow Mr Ferry`s song here is pretty good. So my rating for the dance, 7 out of 10.
Yes indeed, in spite of the lighting, or lack thereof, this has a certain something down in small part to the choreography, which some like and some don't, but in large part to the performances which are spot on. Had these ladies not chosen a career in dance I'm sure they could have been just as successful on the dramatic stage. Overall though this is not a real favourite as old SF is not a fan of those hair styles. I can live with a certain confinement to the coiffure in such classics as "Love You Inside Out" or "....Beautiful Body" but as a general rule I prefer wild and unruly locks, the more unruly the better.
This is not one of my favorites, sorry. I don't like the song even though I'm an ardent fan of much of Roxy Music's work and even some of Bryan's solo stuff. The dim lighting is a nusiance and I don't really like the choreography and set even though i do understand the need to reflect the music. The ladies do their level best as always but I can't find it in myself to give this more than 3/10.
Some Dancers who gave a good time, broke all the rules, played all the fools, yeah yeah yeah they blew our minds
Thus would be a very good dance routine, of it wasn't for the lighting, which seemed to render the dancers in silhouette form during close-up camera shots. The lighting itself befittingly has an oriental theme, domestic lighting complete with paper lantern style lamp-shades, if you look carefully enough, you'll notice that there's a tear in the canvass of one of the shades, the rest of the set was fairly spartan looking, I think that this routine is another one of those that was a last-minute job, a routine that had to be drastically changed when the previously chosen track to dance to, had to be 'frisbeed', but there's plenty of worse routines out there!
As mentioned before, I for one do not like the choreography with its 'sterotypical moves' . Not good but I can see the temptation was too great with a title like 'Tokyo Joe' . But I do quite like the song.
I love this one.The set and lighting are great,not least the flashing rising sun on the backdrop.Even the lack of light lends itself to the mysterious east.We know who the dancers are cos we're so familiar with them,the uninitiated couldn't tell them apart.There are lots of great dance moves.I particularly like Rosie at the point when Byron Ferrari starts to sing,and i love it when they all leap into the air.Different and imaginative.