Wednesday, September 12, 2007

You Make Me Feel Like Lip-Syncing

Courtesy of OPC reader GAK comes the following video of Leo Sayer, who could have only happened in the 1970s, performing his hit "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing." The director, in a very canny move, keeps the camera a fair distance from Sayer, saving us not only from the erratic lip-syncing but trying to spare us from the fact that while Leo promised that his inamorata made him feel like dancing, he made no assurances about dancing well.

Tony! Toni! Tone! Tennille acquits herself quite nicely, working that Southern accent for all it's worth (she's actually from Montgomery, Alabama). Surely it was this appearance that landed her the gig doing backing vocals on Pink Floyd's The Wall (no, I'm not making that up). Plus, she is rocking the same haircut that my mom had throughout the bulk of the Seventies. The Captain, on the other hand, looks like he's going to a prom where a bunch of the kids decided to come as their favorite character from Gilligan's Island.

I think, although I don't know for sure, that this comes from the Captain and Tennille's own variety show, which was in its heyday when "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" went to Number One in the fall of 1976. Ladies and gentlemen, Leo Sayer:


MJN said...

This clip would be from the March 14, 1977 broadcast of "The Captain and Tennille".

T. Nawrocki said...

I don't know what's more impressive: that you were able to track this down, or that you spent a month and seven days looking for a Leo Sayer video.