“You Know My Name” is the best James Bond title song since Tina Turner belted out GOLDENEYE, and those two are the best Bond songs since… wow, I don’t even want to think about it, because it’s kind of depressing. The Bond producers don’t always choose well: witness TOMORROW NEVER DIES where they picked Sheryl Crow’s anemic, unmemorable title track over k.d. lang’s AWESOME from-the-gut delivery of the song that ran over the end credits and used the exact same title. But even though I hate the electronically distorted vocals thing, "You Know My Name" gets inside my head and doesn’t want to leave. It’s also a great song for a character video, because it’s *intended* to be a hero song: "I am so bad-ass that I don’t have to tell you who I am, *because you already know.*"
The problem is, various of its lyrics are appropriate for different fandoms. I started out thinking it would be a good SUPERNATURAL song ("the merciless eyes of deceit" being a good yellow-eyed demon cue), then decided it was really a BUFFY song (c’mon: "I’ve seen angels fall from blinding heights" is freaking *perfect.* although "if you come inside, things will not be the same" is a little too, er, on the nose.). I even realized it wouldn’t be bad for HIGHLANDER (“the Prize, it may not fulfill you”) – it could be a really good Kurgan song, except for the fact that, um, we *don’t* actually know his name. So there’s that.
If I had the time, I would be sorely tempted to make a Buffy vid to it, just so I could use footage of the AmyRat running in her cage as Chris Cornell belts out, "life is gone with just a spin of the wheel / SPIN OF THE WHEEL!!!"
Is there a scarier song, ever, than Billie Holliday’s “Strange Fruit?” If there is, I’d probably be happier not knowing about it. The music is eerie enough, but the lyrics are just relentlessly terrifying, and by the time she gets to “the twisted mouth,” my arms are covered in gooseflesh and I just want to run away and hide.
A while back, somewhere I saw a meme or a post asking people what spin-off of a show you always wanted to see.
I really wanted a “Faith in prison” spin-off of BUFFY, with Ethan Rayne as the prison librarian and Faith’s not-exactly-Watcher. The idea is that it would be the place where the justice system throws all the really freaky criminals, the ones with touches of weirdness or magick or what have you, so they can be safely locked away and forgotten. The idea is that the Warden doesn’t know how to deal with these inmates, hears about Faith, and gets the idea to have her transferred in so she can be the enforcer. Faith, being Faith, is not entirely on board with this plan.
(In the first episode: to establish her bona fides as a bad-ass, Faith beats the crap out of everybody in gen. pop. AT THE SAME TIME.)