Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Shut Up: a vidding anniversary

The recent Harsh Light of Day review at fantas_magoria (yes, it has started up again, yay!) sparked a good discussion in the comments about Spike and Harmony's relationship and how nasty Spike was to Harmony.

This reminded me of the first fanvid I ever made: a Spike/Harmony vid, set to Shut Up by (of course) The Stranglers. It premiered on BuffyTube on 17 August 2010, in other words, exactly 6 years ago. So I thought I'd repost it here on LJ today, by way of anniversary celebration. Enjoy!


( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 17th, 2016 09:47 pm (UTC)
That was your first fanvid ever? Wow, you really started with a bang!

It's a great vid that went straight to my faves. I loved especially the Harmony blabbing to the guitar (how does one call these brief guitar things??? No idea, not even in German right now...) and the ending. The scenes are spot on to the music (yay, The Stranglers :) )

Love it!

Edited at 2016-08-17 09:50 pm (UTC)
Aug. 17th, 2016 10:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's really a very simple vid, but I must admit I still have a soft spot for it myself. I also like that part you mention (and no, I have no idea what to call it either). And yeah, the ending is essential -- I had to give Harmony her revenge!
Aug. 17th, 2016 10:47 pm (UTC)
Great vid!
Aug. 17th, 2016 10:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks! For a first attempt at vidding, I'm pleased that it still holds up pretty well.
Aug. 17th, 2016 11:41 pm (UTC)
I would've never believed that it's your first vid ever, it's so well-done! And a perfect song choice for Spike, as always.

Edited at 2016-08-17 11:41 pm (UTC)
Aug. 19th, 2016 10:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I see lots of things that could be improved now, but I guess it's not too bad for a first vid. In any case, I still enjoy watching it myself :-) And yeah, I think this is totally a song that Spike himself could get behind.
(Deleted comment)
Aug. 19th, 2016 10:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks, glad you like it!
Aug. 18th, 2016 01:22 am (UTC)
I had never seen that vid before, but I really like it! I have really mixed feelings about Spike and Harmony's relationship, and this perfectly encapsulated it.
Aug. 19th, 2016 10:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Mixed feelings here too. On the one hand, Spike treated her pretty badly but on the other hand, I get why she annoyed him so much, and Harmony was using him too. Both got something out if the relationship that made them put up with the other's behaviour.
Aug. 18th, 2016 01:23 am (UTC)
So much fun! True, she was annoying and he was mean to her, but she deserved most of it. I feel slightly bad for her getting her feelings hurt, but hello, vampire! She can take it.
Aug. 19th, 2016 11:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I totally understand why Spike was so annoyed by her, but I wouldn't say she actually deserved how he treated her. I do think Spike deserved that arrow in the end!
Aug. 18th, 2016 01:53 am (UTC)
That was an excellent fanvid!
Thanks for sharing it again.
Aug. 19th, 2016 11:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! It will be a while before I have a new one to present, so I thought this was a good time to dust off this oldie.
Aug. 18th, 2016 02:25 am (UTC)
How interesting (in a good way) that your first vid was focused on Spike and Harmony! It's really well done, and the end is perfect. Happy anniversary!
Aug. 19th, 2016 11:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! To be honest there's no deep reason behind my choice to start with a Spike and Harmony vid. I had a whole list of songs I wanted to vid, and I thought it would be best to start with the shortest one for my first attempt :-) That just happened to be this one!
Aug. 18th, 2016 03:11 am (UTC)
Congrats on the anniversary!

I like the video a lot, and also wouldn't believe it was your first. Also, yay for the music!

And wow, I never thought about it, but considering Harmony was kind of a stand in for Buffy, for Spike, his treatment of her looks much more disturbing. Also, for how that's how he treats women he doesn't respect. It suddenly puts his 'hearts and flowers' persona into serious question.

I always loved the line they gave her in Angel - that basically it was wrong for Spike to use her for sex, make him feel like she was his, when he knew she wasn't.

Cheers for making me think :-)
Aug. 20th, 2016 12:35 am (UTC)
Thank you, thank you!

I don't think Harmony was a stand-in for Buffy, except in a purely physical sense. If you compare how Spike treated her to how he treated the Buffybot, who was a stand-in in every way, there's a world of difference. But yeah, the whole reason for how badly he treated Harmony is that he didn't respect her, and that doesn't speak well for him. But at least he didn't have a soul then. That he treats her only marginally better in AtS is more worrisome, I think. Poor Harmony! She could be really annoying but I still liked her (at least after was turned into a vampire, ironically).

Aug. 20th, 2016 06:12 am (UTC)
You're right. And it's sad that he treated a robot better than her. But then, his fantasy was that is was Buffy, I suppose.

I liked her, too. Especially on Angel. And yeah, becoming a vampire did improve her, lol.

Edited at 2016-08-20 06:14 am (UTC)
Aug. 20th, 2016 09:28 pm (UTC)
Agreed -- Harmony was actually pretty competent on Angel, and a lot less annoying.
Aug. 18th, 2016 03:17 am (UTC)
Spike really didn't show his best side in that relationship. :c It's kinda painful to watch. I love how you've fit clips to the instrumental parts!
Aug. 20th, 2016 12:40 am (UTC)
No, he really didn't, and it is. The nastiness is kinda concentrated in this vid, though. They did occasionally have their --well, not good, but moderately less cringeworthy moments too.

Oct. 2nd, 2016 11:48 pm (UTC)
Still loving this - liked seeing it again. She annoyed him but he wasn't above using her sexually. It could not end well, as he was the only vampire capable of love, and not for her.

I try to picture her with a soul, and go Nahhhh.
( 22 comments — Leave a comment )