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24 September 2014
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Which ones were enjoyable?
 Ruth: I really enjoyed 'You’re So Vain'. It was one of the first times we did interpretive stuff. It was almost like acting and in a sense it was a breakthrough and I think it worked. 'River Deep, Mountain High' was good. A lot of the Barry White stuff was good. All sorts. We did 'My Sweet Lord' and we got the audience involved, doing the Hare Krishna clapping. Although it wasn’t a proper dance routine, it really worked and it was quite moving.

Who do you think was the Pan’s People favourite?
 Ruth: That’s got to be Babs. She was blonde and gorgeous. Usually you find in a group there is somebody that symbolises and represents the group. I think that was Babs. Everyone remembers Babs.

Is it right that towards the end of Pan’s People you didn’t tell the bosses about packing it in?
 Ruth: The producers and directors knew, but we didn’t feel it was our job to tell the head of light entertainment. That was Bill Cotton. As I recall he wasn’t best pleased when he found out.

So Ruby Flipper can’t have helped...
 Ruth: Well you’d have to ask the upper echelons of the BBC. It was their responsibility to tell him. That may have been the reason why they avoided telling him, but it was time for a change, and I think they made a mistake not letting Ruby Flipper continue.

Curtailing Ruby Flipper because the group featured men dancers must have been galling?
 Ruth: Very. We were not happy about it. Pan’s People had been around for about eight years and it felt like it was time for a concept change. Everybody in the group could see it was time for a change. But the bosses didn’t want boys. They wanted an all girl group.

  Simply Red  
  "That's a bit supermarket, isn't it. I'm not making that many bottles. "  
  Robin Gibb  
  "There's been great moments both as a songwriter and as a performer."  
  Paul Roberts - The Stranglers  
  "We certainly weren't going to call ourselves The Bay City Rollers."  
  Lisa Stansfield  
  "I just thought, how many times do I have to sing this song?"  
  Soft Cell  
  "I think it's the only time that a banjo's been played in the Ministry of Sound."  
  "Agnetha said she liked it. If I met them I would curtsey."  
  "We really surprised lots of people by simply hanging in there."  
  Kim Wilde  
  "I used to be really jealous of Claire Grogan...I thought she was gorgeous."  
  "Failure was not an option, we were materialistic and greed was good."  
  Human League  
  "We did a US tour with Culture Club and Howard Jones...solely for the cash."  
  Altered Images  
  "Women were treated as a bit of a novelty in the music business in 1981."  
  Belle Stars  
  "The pop music lark just seems like a lifetime away now."  
  Steve Strange  
  "Look, you’re playing me like a bitchy queen and I’m not like that."  
  Five Star  
  "We all grew up wanting to be famous and we lived our dream..."  
  Phillip from Ruby Flipper  
  "At my age, I'd find it difficult to get my legs where they used to go..."  
  Glen Campbell  
  "I got to work with literally everyone in the business; Nat King Cole, Sinatra..."  
  David Gray  
  "Lots of tension in the camp. We're battling Gareth Gates for the No.1 spot"  
  Robert Palmer  
  "There's this homegenised force feeding of what is hip."  
  "I think George manipulated our relationship for publicity"  
  Tom Jones  
  "I'm pulling all my old jewellery out now and comparing my rings with Wyclef"  
  Ruth From Pan's People  
  "I could show you dozens of times I forgot the moves..."  
  Badly Drawn Boy  
  "Everybody has to do what everybody else does in order to have a hit single"  
  John Otway  
  "I think the music business is probably not happy with what we've done..."  
  Jimmy Cliff  
  "I look at someone like Ms Dynamite, I come away with a positive feeling."  
  Human League  
  "We wouldn't trust anyone that didn't wear eyeliner."  
  Status Quo  
  "I probably went about four or five years with a pair of stage jeans"  
  Gary Numan  
  "There are so many things in my past that you could make fun of."  
  McAlmont and Butler  
  "We were big enough to get over any-thing that may have been exchanged."  
  Primal Scream  
  "The producer at the time told us we'd never work again."  
  "I prefer miming, I prefer if we weren’t playing live."  

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