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09 June 2014 @ 10:31 pm
"Badlands"/"Better Days," Old Fanvids and Nick  
The [community profile] fkficfest/fkficfest prompts went out very late last night, and, just a little sleep deprived, all day I've been alternately giddily hopeful and heartburningly worried about the matches. If anyone received prompts that she would really rather not write, I hope that she reaches out. We're just so diverse in FK! The only taste that we all share is for this extraordinary show and its phenomenal fandom. Mystery, history and horror; adventure, romance and metaphor; dark, bright and red all over ;-) ... you'd hardly know that we were watching the same series!

In that spirit, I wanted to share a happy mistake that my MP3 player made recently, and what FK reflections it brought. For some reason, the gadget piled all of my many assorted "Greatest Hits" albums into one giant playlist, alphabetical by song title. I would never have put Bruce Springsteen, Simon & Garfunkel and Bing Crosby together on my own, but it's actually the most delightful playlist ever! I'm loving it. By coincidence, however, alphabetical chance spins Springsteen's "Badlands" (1978) and "Better Days" (1992) right together, nothing between, and I keep hearing them as one song in two chapters: an anthem for first-season Nick and all of first-season FK. (Or perhaps it's first season and then the original hiatus that I think I hear?)

Part of my reaction comes straight from a "Badlands" FK fanvid that I'm very, very lucky to have on a VHS tape that I really need to dub to digital somehow before it goes the way of all celluloid. I'm sorry to say that I don't know who made the lovely vid. Dubbed and redubbed and passed around, if it ever had a title screen, it had lost it by the time it reached me. But I love it, and I imagine you would, too. While its raw materials and editing standards are of course VHS vintage and might not pass muster today, it indelibly makes its case for a Nick determined to live now, to live forward, to know and count the true terrible cost but to never stop pushing. Clips of him on the beach over Elizabeth's ashes. Clips waking sweating blood. Clips with Janette. Love, hope and faith... someday. Clips of him with Natalie, with Schanke, with Joan. I haven't actually watched the vid in a few years (the VCR is in the closet), but it unforgettably showed me Nick through that song and that song through Nick. For me, that's the sound of first season. (No offense to Mr. Mollin.) That's the sound, even more than Mr. Mollin's, that reminds me how much I love this story and everything it promised.

My one and only fanvid collection is a compilation of vids kindly shared with me by various people, long ago, in quite another fandom era.

I unfortunately don't know who made these. I can't give these vidders the credit and praise that they so richly deserve. All I can do is list the songs they chose, link to the lyrics, identify what I personally thought each was about (insofar as I wrote it on a paper folded up with the tape)... and invite you to think about them, too? What connections each vidder may have been trying to make, what each song may show of FK, and FK of each song?

  1. "You Take My Self-Control" by Infernal (Nick)

  2. "Even a Memory (When I Look at You)" from The Scarlet Pimpernel (Janette to Nick)

  3. "If There Hadn't Been You" by Billy Dean (Nick to Schanke and Natalie)

  4. "Badlands" by Bruce Springsteen (Nick)

  5. "Only the Good Die Young" by Billy Joel (Dark Nick)

  6. "I'll be on My Way" by [I don't know; not any of the lyrics that come up when I Google this!] (Nick to Natalie / Nat's Nick)

  7. "You Love the Thunder" by Jackson Browne (Nick to Janette / IB)

  8. "Terminus Est (The Shadow of the Torturer)" by Julia Ecklar (Nick about Lacroix)

  9. "She's Like the Wind" by Patrick Swayze (Nick about Natalie)

  10. "Hero" by [I don't know; not any of the lyrics that come up when I Google this!] (Schanke about Nick)

  11. "Devil with the Green Eyes" by Matthew Sweet (Dark Nick)

  12. "You're Gonna Need Someone on Your Side" by Morrissey (Schanke to Nick)

  13. "Hot Summer Night" by Meatloaf (Dark Nick and Natalie)

  14. "She's Like the Wind" by Patrick Swayze (Nick about Natalie) (different version than the one above!)

  15. "Living on the Edge of the Night" by Iggy Pop (general)


After "Badlands," my personal favorites of this set are Janette's "Even a Memory (When I Look at You)" and the Nick-to-Janette "You Love the Thunder," both of which gave amazing new insights into Janette's position with Nick in the present day, and Nick's sometimes clear understanding and sometimes apparent obliviousness. Of those two songs and vids, while "Even a Memory" gave me something immediately back in '97 when I first saw it, "You Love the Thunder" offers me more today.

I also really love the Nick-to-Schanke&Natalie "If There Hadn't Been You."

What do you think? Do any of these song/character combinations speak to you?

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greerwatsongreerwatson on June 10th, 2014 06:10 am (UTC)
"[...] all day I've been alternately giddily hopeful and heartburningly worried about the matches."

Lovely prompts.
Amy R.: Nickbrightknightie on June 11th, 2014 03:02 am (UTC)
Oh, good! Thanks. I hope that as many people as possible feel similarly about their prompt slates.
Valerie - Postmodern Pollyanna: viddingwiliqueen on June 14th, 2014 09:20 pm (UTC)
Wow! I think I've maybe seen a third of those?

"When I Look At You" has always been Janette and Nick to me too. :-)
Amy R.: Nickbrightknightie on June 15th, 2014 08:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, my! I would have thought that you would have seen every FK vid that I had seen (and many more, of course). Well, all the more reason to get these dubbed and send you a disc before the tape deteriorates!

Yes, when I first saw/heard "When I Look at You" back in '97, I suddenly understood Janette (and Nick/Janette) so much better than I had before. That vid/song was probably a turning point in my appreciation for the character. Of course, the big difference between Percy and Nick is that Nick isn't playing a role. Without any intention to deceive her, he really has changed, or he really wasn't ever quite that which she'd believed...
Valerie - Postmodern Pollyanna: viddingwiliqueen on June 17th, 2014 01:55 pm (UTC)
I should probably have said I remember seeing about 30% of these. Chances are good I'll recognize more when I see them. :-)

And yes! That's actually why I find the song to almost fit Janette and Nick more aptly than Marguerite and Percy. Which bodes better for the latter's future, of course. *wry g*