13-08-81: Presenter: Simon Bates (Thanks to POPSCENE for the running order)
(6) DURAN DURAN - Girls On Film
(2) ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA - Hooked On Classics (video)
(26) SOFT CELL – Tainted Love
(13) KIM WILDE - Water On Glass ®
(22) BILL WYMAN - (Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star ®
(27) STARTRAX - Startrax Club Disco (danced to by Legs & Co)
(19) ANEKA - Japanese Boy
(9) ELO - Hold On Tight (video)
(1) SHAKIN'STEVENS - Green Door (backed by Legs & Co)
(23) UB40 - One In Ten (audience dancing/credits)
As seen on the most recent BBC4 broadcast last week with Girls On Film in the studio once again, the feeling of familiarity runs throughout the first half of this particular edition , with four from before imprisoning Soft Cell.
Going on to become the second biggest selling Singles of 1981 (behind The Human League's 'Don't You Want Me'), debutants Soft Cell were initiated at Leeds Polytechnic in the late 1970's and consisted of Dave Ball and Peter Mark Sinclair Almond. Newly formed record label 'Some Bizzare Records' assigned the duo in 1981 on the back of live shows and a limited edition EP entitled Mutant Moments which was funded by a £2,000 loan from Ball's Mother. After the chart failure of their first two singles, 'Memorabilia' and 'A Man Can Get Lost', Soft Cell opted to go for a cover rendition of either Franki Valli and The Four Seasons' 'The Night' or Northern Soul adoption 'Tainted Love', a non-charting single released by Californian Gloria Jones in both 1964 and 1976 and regularly performed at Soft Cell gigs. Coincidentally, Almond and Jones had a common interest in Marc Bolan. The former was such a fan of the glam rock singer that he adjusted the spelling of his Forename accordingly whilst the latter spent half of the previous decade providing backing vocals for T-Rex, eventually becoming romantically entwined with Bolan by whom she had a Son resulting in the end of his marriage.
On hearing the cold, clinical electronic sound teamed with a slightly off-key, wavery vocal, Soft Cell's label pondered if the recording could become more grounded in normality by the addition of drums, bass and guitar. It was released without and the result was a No. 1 in several countries excluding the US where the record achieved a spell of 43 weeks in the Hot 100.
A Scottish folksinger by trade, mother of two and wife of a Doctor, Mary Sandeman woke up one morning and her love was for a foray into the pop world. Having mooted the idea to her arranger, after a period of time with nothing forthcoming, Sandeman took the liberty of booking a studio session, the news of which finally spurred a song to be composed very much at the eleventh hour. Turned down by several Record Companies, the song was eventually accepted by Germany based Hansa resulting in its first British No.1, partially assisted by a necessarily appropriate image relevant to the oriental number. A flick through the telephone directory brought about the name Anika, altered to Anika lest any upset be caused - presumably having ascertained there was no Aneka listed in the book. For the visuals, 'Aneka' donned a kimono and somehow managed to secure what looks like one of Pauline's old wigs (the dark fringe with red trim from the 'Don't Stop The Music' routine rather than the famous 'frizz' nest) and clasped her hands together, stopping short of a bow. A real one-hit wonder with a couple of flop follow-ups in the same short shelf-life style, since returning to her roots, Sandeman's subsequent recollections were that the record was banned in china for sounding "too Chinese" and that worldwide sales reached 5 million.
Anita/Aneta/Anika/Patti and the other five Legs ladies have a prominent role in accompanying Shakin' Stevens whose Green Door is at No.1 for the third week. Rosie and Lulu in particular give Shakey the eyes whilst dressed not in blue denim but suitably-coloured dresses last seen for a short burst of Stars On 45 during the Chart rundown seen in May's shortened Cup Final Special. Slightly unsettling is the sight during the early part of Green Door where Big Brother Simon Bates is seen on screen nodding away to the opening chords and looking straight ahead. Slightly amusing.
From the mixed-up classics of classical music last week (a fortnight in yer actual chronology'), Legs & Co. are given a chopped-up disco arrangement as their main body of work this week. Startax Club Disco is a pure Bee Gees mishmash consisting of More Than A Woman; Night Fever; Tragedy (for which Lulu dons pointed clowns hat and stands on the furniture);Massachusetts; How Deep Is Your Love (with Gill getting intimate in a close dance duet with a chap destined to become part of the TOTP 'cheerleader' ensemble in the dark future); Stayin' Alive. Once again, Simon Bates looms large, overseeing events from his raised DJ booth. Not quite sure what happens to Gill's partner Alex as the dance concludes but let's just say his final position looks to be an envious one.
Alex received a mention in the preview.
Legs & Co. do appear as a sextet on 8/10/81 but as Legsfan mentioned, this was the last time they had a routine of their own.
For the October show, according to the excellent attendance details, they appeared as backing and in among the audience.