Quality Fanvids

Vid recs, alphabetical by vidder and alphabetical by song within that.

[Does anyone know what happened to midnight-tempest.com? All recs linking to that page are now asterisked. Please let me know if you see any of the asterisked vids hosted elsewhere.]


Ailisa

All You Wanted by Michelle Branch
Willow/Tara, Buffy/Faith (rip my heart out with the Buffy/Faith whydoncha, thanks)

Oh My Love by John Lennon
Summary: Buffy dies and yet Angel has to rely on Xander, his rival to save the one he loves.
Has a very silent movie feel to it. Interesting seeing the same thing from different perspectives.

Resurrection
Wow. Often people use vid clips to illustrate the stories we’ve already seen or to suggest stories that might have been hidden from us. But to take clips to tell an entirely new story. Wow.

Aimee
We Are The Champions by Queen
Buffy & Angel ensembles
It's been no bed of roses
No pleasure cruise
I consider it a challenge before the whole human race
And I ain't gonna lose
Annegela
Break by Less Than Jake
S6 Willow
"She's gonna break soon "
Astarte
Crazy by Kidneythieves
Fred/Cordelia
Authorial Summary: 'I'm crazy for trying, crazy for crying, and I'm crazy for loving you.' Every male character got a little crush on Fred one time or another, but who was her first crush in LA? Let's reminisce and give reality a little twist, shall we? 2004-05-18
Aurora

Colorblind by Counting Crows
Buffy/Spike, “Dead Things”(6.13) - tender and sexy

Don't Fade Away, Parts One and Two (both to "Requiem for a Dream" by Clint Mansell)
Part 1: "Power Play" (Angel 5.21) Authorial Summary: starting the countdown to Angel's final days.
Part 2: "Not Fade Away" (Angel 5.22) Authorial Summary: the end is only the beginning.
     I much prefer Part 1, though the end of Part 2 is powerful.

Ordinary by Train
Illyria

Whose eyes am I behind?
I don’t recognize anything that I see
Whose skin is this design?
I don’t want this to be the way that you see me
Want You to Know ("Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls)
Buffy/Spike
And I don't want the world to see me,
Cuz I don't think that they'd understand,
When everything's made to be broken,
I just want you to know who I am.
Time After Time by Eva Cassidy
Buffy/Spike, multiple seasons
If you're lost you can look and you will find me.
Time after time.
If you fall I will catch you. I'll be waiting.
Time after time.
bonibaru
Hallelujah by Rufus Wainwright
Firefly ("Out of Gas")
But love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah

What I Really Meant to Say by Cyndi Thomson
Hells Bells

What I really meant to say
Is I'm really not that strong
[...]
And here's the honest truth
I'm still in love with you
Cat
Far Away by Nickelback
Mal/Inara. Includes clips from the Serenity movie.
I have loved you all along
And I miss you
Been far away for far too long
I keep dreaming you'll be with me
and you'll never go
Stop breathing if
I don't see you anymore

On my knees, I'll ask
Last chance for one last dance

catatonic schizophrenia [vid descriptions taken from the website]
Beautiful Like You by Joydrop
Subject: Faith
Notes: Faith still compares herself to Buffy.
Lyrical inspiration: "Those not so blessed would be cryin' out murder and I'd just laugh and get away with it too."

Bed of Lies by matchbox 20
Subject: Giles and Giles/Buffy
Notes: This vid was the result of my struggle to understand Giles post-Lies My Parents Told Me. Completely remastered, September '03
Lyrical inspiration: "I don't wanna be somewhere where I just don't belong."

Effigy by Natalie Merchant
Subject: Illyria & Fred
Notes: A character study of Illyria. Episodic to "A Hole in the World" and "Shells." Some Fred/Wes, but that's not really the focus.
Lyrical inspiration: "I'm an effigy, a parody of who I appear to be."

Mercury by Counting Crows
Subject: Buffy
AN: "In the end, Buffy is always alone."

Ophelia by Natalie Merchant
Subject: Buffy
AN: "Buffy, as Spike sees her"

Take This Waltz by Leonard Cohen
Subject: Spike/Dru
Notes: All of the sexy and creepy that is Spike and Drusilla.
Lyrical inspiration: "This waltz with its very own breath of brandy and Death."

Unwell by matchbox 20
AN: My first try at a video that contains scenes only from Season Seven. Spike and his mental battle with the First.
Lyrical inspiraton: "I'm not crazy, I'm just a little impaired."

Chris J.
Sylar Pokemon
Sylar-centric Heroes vid set to the Pokémon theme song
I will travel across the land
Searching far and wide
Each Pokemon to understand
The power that's inside
Cutipi908
Chicken Dance
The picture quality is poor but come on, how often does someone vid to the “Chicken Dance” music?
Dualbunny
Sorry by Nerf Herder
a Spike/Buffy vid
Sorry we broke up, sorry I missed you
Sorry I wanted only to kiss you
Sorry I promised to love you forever
Made you feel guilty oh when you left me
[...]

What can I do?
It's over it's over it's over it's over
What can I do?
I am the loser

Volcano Girls by Veruca Salt
a Buffy/Faith vid
One down and one to go.
Volcano Girls,
we really can't be beat.
Warm us up and watch us blow.
But now and then we fail
and we admit defeat.
We're falling off,
we are watered down and fully grown.
Leave me, lying here.
Cause I don't wanna go. [x2]
A million miles of running and
I hit the wall,
I bounce back and I run some more.
But this is it, I'm giving up,
I'm calling quits.
So get down and meet me on the floor.
Way to go, way to flip off everyone.
I steal your thunder then I try to bolt.
But I could stand a little pity now and then.
I'm falling off,
I am watered down and fully grown.
Here's Luck
Superstar by Tegan and Sara
Buffy/Faith
hard core superstar by far you're the ultimate star
do you wanna be a superstar
well that's what you are
you're gonna be a star
do you wanna be a superstar?

clever in what she does competing for the attention
of those people that you know
my whole life revolves around
your absence until I can't remember
what I was or what I am
who I know or what I know or where I go

Thistledown Tears by Jeffrey Foucault
Firefly
Authorial Summary: The time to wrestle with the angel is here.
Karen
Run by Snow Patrol
Focuses on the Buffy and Angel finales, but also includes clips from throughout the shows.
Light up, light up
As if you have a choice
Even if you cannot hear my voice
I'll be right beside you dear
Kim and Kristine
Anything but Ordinary by Avril Lavigne
Buffy
I'd rather be anything but ordinary please
[...]
I want to know that I
Have been to the extreme
The Slayer and the Vampire ("Han's Loft" by John Powell)
Authorial Description: A preview trailer of the Buffy/Spike relationship.
My take: Melodrama + Montage = Fun for Everybody
KJ
If I Were Gay by Stephen Lynch
Angel/Spike

Measure of a Man by Clay Aiken
Wes/Fred
"Is that how you measure a man?"

Lierdumoa
Teeth in the Grass by Iron & Wine
Firefly, Simon-centric
Authorial Summary: Danger lurks around every corner.
And when there’s nothing to want
When we’re all brilliant and fast
When all tomorrow's are gone
There will be teeth in the grass
L.C.'s Banana
Anticipate by Ani DiFranco
a Connor vid worth watching just for the “for every hand extended, another lies in wait” vidding
Linzee
Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood
Spike
"What can I tell you baby? I've always been bad..."

Disease by Matchbox 20
Spike/Buffy
"I got a disease deep inside me, makes me feel uneasy baby I can't live without you -- tell me what am I s'posed to do about it?" (Spike POV)

Downfall by Matchbox 20
Buffy/Angel
"Be my savior and I'll be your downfall"
This song fits so well.

It’s Tough to Have a Crush by OK GO
Spike/Xander
omg. *is dead from teh cute slash* (and I’m not even interested in this pairing)

LithiumDoll
Mary by Patty Griffin
an Inara-centric vid with spoilers through all the episodes including the unaired ones
heartbreaking, beautiful
You cast aside the sheet, you cast aside the shroud
Of another man, who served the world proud
You greet another son, you lose another one
All These Things That I've Done by The Killers
Angel the series (spoilers through the finale, seriously)
In her rec, TheFourthVine wrote, "it's interesting to me that a song that I thought was entirely about the hero's journey is actually, in vid form, a lot more about the people who support that journey, sometimes with their lives."
When there's nowhere else to run
Is there room for one more son
[...]
Over and out, last call for sin
While everyone's lost, the battle is won
With all these things that I've done
Luminosity
Fool for Love mix.
a Spike vid by by Luminosity and Kamil

It’s the End of the World as We Know It by REM
an apocalypse vid by Luminosity and Kamil

Mad World by Gary Jules
a Spike/Buffy vid by Luminosity

(Meet Me On) The Other Side by David Gray
a Spike/Buffy vid by Luminosity

[these two work rather nicely in succession as “Mad World” has a focus on S6, though it spans, and “The Other Side” focuses on S7]

Mr. Brightside by The Killers
an Angel-centric vid by Luminosity Oh, makes me feel bad for Angel.

Jealousy, turning saints into the sea
Swimming through sick lullabies
Choking on your alibis
But it’s just the price I pay
Destiny is calling me

Serenity by Godsmack
a Firefly vid by Luminosity

I need serenity
In a place where I can hide
Mad Poetess
Declaration
Authorial Summary: Xander has something to say. (PG)
One really can’t explain this vid without ruining the gag, but it’s amusing, trust me.

Ghost by The Indigo Girls
Giles/Ethan and Buffy/Faith (PG)

Signals crossed and love gets lost and time passed makes it plain
Of all my demon spirits I need you the most
I'm in love with your ghost
Not Pretty Enough by Kasey Chambers
Authorial Summary: Percy has Issues. (PG-13)
From BlackAdder II. I hurt for Percy.
Morgaine
All the Things She Said by Tatu
Buffy/Faith (I mean, it’s not like I wasn’t already sold on the pairing, but still.)
I keep asking myself, wondering how
I keep closing my eyes but I can't block you out
Wanna fly to a place where it's just you and me

Insatiable by Darren Hayes
Buffy/Angel (fits so well)

when moonlight crawls along the street
chasing away the summer heat
footsteps outside somewhere below
the world revolves i let it go

The Rose by Bette Midler [vid title: Love]
multiple couples

When the night has been too lonely
and the road has been to long,
and you think that love is only
for the lucky and the strong,
just remember in the winter
far beneath the bitter snows
lies the seed that with the sun's love
in the spring becomes the rose.

She Bangs by Ricky Martin
Buffy/Faith
The fast pace of the music and the fast pace of the music

She walks like she talks,
And she talks like she walks
[...]
she looks like a flower but she stings like a bee
Mudd
Missionary Man by Eurythmics
Caleb et al
Well I was born an original sinner.
[...]
Don’t mess with a missionary man.
Nathan Town, et al
Mosquito
A Firefly tribute/parody heavily based on the “Making Of” DVD featurette ("Here's How it Was"). Hysterical and brill. Though the nature of parody means that the characters get boiled down to one-note versions of themselves, which was frustrating at times, and I have one complaint that I am trying to pass off as an extension of the exaggerative nature of parody.
(Also: Don't bother downloading the teaser; it's embedded in the full-length movie.)
Nicky (obsessive24)
Emotion Sickness by Silverchair
Willow at the end of S6.
The fast pacing works really well, as do the flashbacks.
Increase delete escape defeat
It's all that matters to you
Cotton case for an iron pill
Distorted eyes
when everything is clearly dying
Nicole Anell
We Are All Made of Stars by Moby
Firefly (spoilers include unaired episodes)
People they come together
People they fall apart
No one can stop us now
'Cause we are all made of stars
Rachel
Are You Out There by Dar Williams
A vid for the movie Contact.
Perhaps I am a miscreation
No one knows the truth there is no future here
And you're the DJ speaks to my insomnia
[...]
Are you out there, can you hear this?
Jimmy Olson, Johnny Memphis,
I was out here listening all the time
And though the static walls surround me
You were out there and you found me
I was out here listening all the time
Robert Ryang
Shining
Kubrick’s The Shining creatively remarketed as a feel-good movie.
Rowena
Move Your Feet by Junior Senior
a tribute to OMWF
Everybody,
move your feet,
and feel united
SDWolfPup
Battle Hymn (of the College Dropout Farmhand) by Jeffrey Foucault
vidlet on Mal's loss of faith

Exile by Enya
Firefly: Mal/Inara

Cold is the cry that rings
from this far distant shore
I Believe by Diamond Rio
Spike/Buffy
tres schmoopy
Every now and then
soft as breath upon my skin
I feel you come back again
A Little Fall of Rain from Les Misérables
a Lorne & Puppet!Angel vid
*g*

Moving On by Good Charlotte
an ensemble “Chosen” vid

When I think about my life I
wonder if I will survive to
live to see 25
or will I just fall?
Like all my friends, they just keep dying
People 'round me always crying
in this place that I like to
call my home.

[...]

Some friends become enemies
Some friends become your family
Make the best with what you're given
This ain't dying, this is living

Plowed by Sponge
S5 Spike
What will change us
or will we mess up
So Far Away by Staind
a Spike-centric “Chosen” vid
This is my life
it's not what it was before
shalott
The Mountain by Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer [vid with Melina]
Lord of the Rings ensemble
some build temples and some find altars
some come in tall hats and robes spun fine
some in rags, some in gemstone halters
some push the pegs back in line

i see the mountain, the mountain comes to me
i see the mountain and that is all i see

sisabet
Caravan by Sisabet and Miss Murchison
Song by Duke Ellington. Covers by Thelonius Monk and The Roots
Spike’s journey.

Country Cavalcade (or How We Learned Premiere) by sisabet & dawn
This vid is a medley of Goodbye Earl, Family Tradition, and Pink Houses." "Goodbye Earl" (the first 2 minutes of the video) is brilliant (and they even avoided using the clip that always makes me wince!). Oh, the rest of it is good, too. 3:13-end is all about Xander, whom I’m not madly in love with, but as always the vidders do a great job of matching words to images.

Two Words by Kanye West Featuring: Mos Def, Freeway, and the Harlem Boys Choir
Los Angeles: The city, the series

sølvi
Universe by Sarah Slean
Simon/River
And we're sad because we think we don't belong here
We're guilty 'cause we think we should be stars
Floating in a navy soup, we're sailing
There you are
There you are

She's so bright
And then she's gone

Tom@PS260
West Side Story
West Side Story creatively remarketed as a horror movie.
Unknown
March of the Penguins II: Journey to Brokeback Mountain
*weeps* (in a good way)
Wolfling
A full list of Wolfling’s vids is also here.

I particularly love:

Going Under by Evanescence
Wes/Angel

I'm going under
Drowning in you

Gotta Be by Des'ree
ensemble (both shows -- Buffy and Angel)

Listen as your day unfolds,
challenge what your future holds
[...]
All I know is, love will save the day

Harder to Breathe by Maroon 5
Firefly: Mal/Inara, River, ensemble (spoilers include unaired episodes)

Is there anyone out there?
'Cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe

I’ll Be by Edwin McCain
Angel/Doyle, Angel/Wes

I'll be your crying shoulder
I'll be your love suicide
and I'll be better when I'm older
I'll be the greatest fan of your life

Measure of a Man by Clay Aiken
multiple pairings (gah! the Giles/Ethan!)

     "Is that how you measure a man?"

Return to Oz by Scissor Sisters [vid with Magpie]
Giles, Buffy, Willow
I wasn’t terribly into the vid at the beginning, but once the chorus began the first time I was enthralled.

Is this the return to Oz?
The grass is dead, the gold is brown
and the sky has claws.
There's a wind-up man walking round and round
What once was emerald city is now a crystal town.

Winter by Tori Amos [vid with Magpie]
Lord of the Rings: Eowyn and Theoden

     "I tell you I'll always want you near. You say things change, my dear."

I barely remember the story from the book, but I think the vid is the synopsized version, and anyway it made me cry (not like that's difficult to do -- though I'm not sure I ever cried during my reading of the books).

Zandra

She’s a Rebel by Green Day
River-centric. Includes lots of footage from the movie.
She's a rebel
She's a saint
She's the salt of the earth
And she's dangerous


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