Spike, Musical Connoisseur

Apr 19, 2011 23:06

Yanno, there are only so many things a vamp can do during the day, and there's only so much daytime TV to be had. Makes sense Spike might develop a taste for other things on occasion.

SPIKE: You should go back in, finish the big group sing, get your kumbayayas out ( Read more... )

ch: spike, entry: musings, fandom: buffyverse, in my world everyone bursts into song

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angearia April 20 2011, 07:12:07 UTC
Oh, I think he loves musicals!

I'm not sure if he ever quotes another musical, but I do have thoughts -- mostly coming from my speculating about Whedon's interests based on what he writes and also what he's expressed interest for in interviews.

I've always imagined Drusilla and Spike learning every new dance for each generation, you know, and I bet Spike loved all the dancing and singing during the great musical era in Hollywood. Ever the performer.

I can totally see Spike snapping his fingers and dancing at the front of his gang a la West Side Story. If only Sweet were to appear back when Spike was still evil, had a gang, and he'd just watched West Side Story. Or wait -- now I'm imagining Spike and his 'gang' of kitten poker buddies. LOL! There must be a way to make this Spuffy...

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bobthemole April 20 2011, 08:19:17 UTC
I've always imagined Drusilla and Spike learning every new dance for each generation, you know, and I bet Spike loved all the dancing and singing during the great musical era in Hollywood. Ever the performer.

I bet you're right! I keeping thinking of their hip-50s-in-Italy flashback from The Girl in Question. I think Dru and Spike would very much be the Vamps About Town.

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eowyn_315 April 20 2011, 14:09:11 UTC
Heh, I actually had Spike quote West Side Story in my OMWF fic. And then he tries to recover his cool by saying, "I just like the gang violence." :)

But yes, I clearly believe Spike is a lover of musicals.

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angearia April 20 2011, 19:56:56 UTC
Heh, I actually had Spike quote West Side Story in my OMWF fic. And then he tries to recover his cool by saying, "I just like the gang violence." :)

Awesome. :D


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quinara April 20 2011, 09:03:01 UTC
I'm pretty sure Spike loves musicals - but I had no idea that 'By George, I think he's got it!' was from one...! (To me it's just an uncommonly used but familiar saying.)

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snickfic April 21 2011, 03:27:26 UTC
There seems to be some uncertainty among commenters about that. I'd assumed it was a quote - maybe directly or maybe by osmosis - because it's so significant in the one scene where Eliza Doolittle finally manages to say something correctly. It's repeated several times: "By George, I think she's got it!"

So the question is whether the movie originated the phrase or just made use of one that already existed, and I have no idea what the answer to that is.

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eowyn_315 April 24 2011, 18:07:32 UTC
Well, it's not found anywhere in Pygmalion (because I just searched for it, lol), but it is in the lyrics from the stage musical (which preceded the movie). Can't find any reference to it that's NOT related to My Fair Lady, so maybe it did originate from the musical?

Either that, or Google has failed me...

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snickfic April 24 2011, 19:29:05 UTC
Yeah, my Google search seemed convinced that it came entirely from the musical. So.

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beer_good_foamy April 20 2011, 11:58:13 UTC
So why doesn't Spike ever quote West Side Story then?

Dear kindly Sergeant Krupke
You gotta understand
It's just our bringin' upke
That gets us out of hand
Our mothers all are junkies
Our fathers all are drunks
Golly Moses, naturally we're punks
Gee, Officer Krupke
We're very upset
We never had the love
That every child oughta get
We ain't no delinquents
We're misunderstood
Deep down inside us there is good ...

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anviloverheaven April 20 2011, 12:14:53 UTC
He calls Giles Mary Poppins (in Tabula Rasa, I think.)

It's not really quoting a musical, but still...

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anviloverheaven April 20 2011, 12:16:36 UTC
Oh, and her references Les Miserables in an Angel episode,(that one where they're off to the Cotswalds) but he didn't like it much. :)

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beer_good_foamy April 20 2011, 12:42:52 UTC
Also, he remains an Englishman, which is greatly to his credit. (OK, now I'm pushing it.)

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ghostyouknow27 April 20 2011, 14:33:42 UTC
"By George, I think he's got it!" is a pretty common saying, methinks? I imagine that Spike watched a lot of musicals with Dru, though I don't think he'd admit to watching them. :D

Also, doesn't that line from OMWF also refer to The Rolling Stones? I think?

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snickfic April 21 2011, 03:37:06 UTC
"By George, I think he's got it!" is a pretty common saying, methinks?

Is it? I'd assumed that it came, directly or indirectly, from the musical. It (or rather "By George, I think she's got it) is pretty pivotal in the scene and is repeated several times. And from a cursory search it looks like Google thinks it originated with the film.

Also, doesn't that line from OMWF also refer to The Rolling Stones? I think?

Well, The Music Man was written first. Possibly The Rolling Stone are referring to The Music Man?

I imagine that Spike watched a lot of musicals with Dru, though I don't think he'd admit to watching them. :D

Definitely. I think what Spike enjoys and what Spike admits to enjoying are two quite different things. Then again, he's very up front about Passions, so who knows. *g*

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penny_lane_42 April 20 2011, 16:45:20 UTC
That was my thought as well. He'd probably not come out and admit that he loves them...but we all know that he does. But yeah, I think it started out with Dru, because that's totally her kind of thing.

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snickfic April 21 2011, 03:38:22 UTC
Yeah, I could definitely see this. I think the story-in-music and probably the theater in general would have a lot of attraction for Dru.

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