Thu. May 30th, 2024
Me at the Buffy house

I recorded some Rage last night and watched the results this morning. I was mainly interested in two music videos in particular – Robbie Robertson‘s atmospheric spoken word Somewhere Down the Crazy River and The Pursuit of Happiness‘s wry I’m An Adult Now – because I hadn’t seen them. I know, it’s strange how I have to wait for some clips to show up on Rage before I decide to watch them, instead of going straight to the Youtube clips, but that’s just the way I’m made. The Robbie clip, featuring the standout song on his terrific self titled album of 1987, also featured his main squeeze of the time, the delectable Maria McKee of Lone Justice. They actually make out pretty hot and heavy at the end of the clip. It’s enough to make one blush. Just as well they were together at the time, or Robbie would have some explaining to do to the wife.

The TPOH clip is a definite change of pace, featuring children playing at being adults in some Mad Max post apocalypse setting. Singer Moe Berg and the band sing and play their way through the scenario with Moe enacting out some of the lyrics. ‘I can’t look at young girls anymore,’ he sighs, staring at same through binoculars. ‘I have to look at women,’ he stares resignedly into the camera. It’s a good song, as was the album it came from, Love Junk. Berg has a cutting way with a lyric that reminds me of XTC‘s Andy Partridge. I saw TPOH when they came out to Australia as part of a triple bill in the late Eighties. They played with Australia’s The Hummingbirds, and another band whose name I forget. It was a good gig, but a bit strange and embarrassing to see them actually do Looking For Girls and Down On Him, two very suggestive songs.

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In doing some research for a blog entry I’m working on I rewatched a couple of Buffy episodes. They were the season three eps The Wish and Doppelgangland. Fans of the show will know the latter ep is a sequel ep to the former. That’s because the blog I’m doing is all about TV sequel episodes. I’m a bit of a nut about them. Anyway, it was wonderful returning to the land of Buffy after such a long time. The scripts for both eps (Marti Noxon for the first, Joss Whedon for the second) were sharp, funny and smart. The acting, especially by Sarah Michelle Gellar and Anthony Stewart Head in the first ep, and Alyson Hannigan (playing a duel role) in the second, was terrific.

I’d like to say the show hasn’t dated, but it probably has. One dead giveaway is the 4×3 format the show ran in (at least till the end of season three, after which it went widescreen). Do shows set in high schools still regularly use 25 year olds to play teenagers? Then of course there’s the tech, or the lack of it. No mobile phones, and although the internet is being used at this point (1999), it’s pretty rudimentary. Another thing that occurred to me watching the eps, Giles’s high school library would have to be the most lonesome, underused thing ever. It mainly exists as a place to store weapons and for the Scoobies to hang out and do research. Weirdly, as I write this I’m sitting in a library at night (I’m doing the arvo shift) with one single patron in sight. The place is Dead!

I actually visited the High School that was used for Sunnydale High. It is Torrance High, in the LA suburb of Torrance. And just down the road from it, on Cota Drive, is the house that was the model for Buffy’s house. I saw that too. Check the photo! I love my Buffy. Always have always will.

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