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13 March, 2017 (23:54) | Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Dead Water, Goggle-eyes, Writing | By: Ian Burdon

Once More With Feeling

Once More With Feeling

A couple of anniversaries have been on my mind: Rumours is now 40 years old; Buffy the Vampire Slayer hit TV screens 20 years ago. I’m sort of depressed in both cases that things so fresh in my memory have acquired such a weight of years.

I have vivid memories of buying 3 copies of Rumours from Listen records in East Kilbride at Christmas 1977, one for myself and 2 for presents. For a while the album became ubiquitous to the point of clich√©, and The Chain is forever associated with Formula 1 (though it may be claimed shortly by Guardians of the Galaxy 2). As often happens, its ubiquity masks its excellence and the qualities that elevated its status in the first place are overlooked: great songs and musicianship (John McVie’s bass on Go Your Own Way–wow!),¬† expertly put together.

And, 40 years on, I can still sing along with every song. Rumours survives because it works and connects and has weathered every change in the musical weather of the last 40 years. Lindy effect, anyone?

I want the fire back

I want the fire back

To mark the Buffy anniversary, I’ve re-watched the frankly magnificent musical episode Once More With Feeling more times than a sensible person would think reasonable. In part this is because, since I ditched a load of VHS tapes, it is the only episode I still own (on DVD); but I would watch it anyway because, in a full field, it is probably my favourite of them all.

Rewatching it has been a treat for all sorts of reasons. Distance brings perspective. The songs are all still great, but better is that it isn’t, in one sense, a standalone “musical episode”: it is a normal episode that just happens to have an oratorio and score.

And it wasn’t until this rewatch I became aware of just how effortlessly Emma Caulfield (Anya) steals every scene she’s in.

Sarah Michelle Gellar, though she didn’t really want to make the episode, committed to it wholeheartedly, as did all the cast, and turns in a fabulous performance, including probably my favourite of the songs: Walk Through the Fire.

In other news: Respectable Horror is out today. My story The Estate of Edward Moorehouse leads it off. Buy it on Amazon!

And finally, Nicola Sturgeon was stirring the pot of IndyRef2 today. Idiot. As Buffy would say, a world of No!