The quite a few real-life bands that performed the Bronze in Buffy the Vampire Slayer function an ideal time capsule to the 1990s, and highlighted up and coming expertise. The beloved sequence, which ran from 1997-2003, befell within the fictional city of Sunnydale, California. Other than the truth that it was sitting immediately on high of a Hellmouth, there actually wasn’t a lot to do within the ostensibly small city that was additionally inexplicably giant sufficient to have its personal college. Fortunately, Sunnydale had a fairly superior membership often known as the Bronze. The place might have been a bit lax when it comes to carding minors, however it did entice some fairly nice bands.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is remembered for lots of fantastic issues: snappy dialogue, intelligent use of metaphor, epic battles (and romances), and unforgettable characters. One important side of the present that tends to get neglected is the music. The sequence has two soundtrack albums, as properly a number of releases showcasing Christophe Beck’s iconic rating, and naturally, the soundtrack to the musical episode, “As soon as Extra with Feeling”. Buffy featured music by bands as different as Rasputina, Azure Ray, The Sundays, and Alison Krauss. As for the Bronze, the native membership would often host musicians manner too well-known to cease off in Sunnydale, however that doesn’t imply it wasn’t pleasant to see them turn out to be part of the Buffyverse.
Whereas there have been many real-life bands that performed the Bronze, 4 Star Mary was the band behind Ouncess fictional group, Dingoes Ate My Child and THC was answerable for the music of Veruca’s band, Shy. Members of each bands may very well be seen at occasions on stage on the Bronze together with the fictional musicians performed by actors. 4 Star Mary additionally appeared in “Stressed” because the band in Giles’ dream. Additionally, there was a uncommon, non-Bronze efficiency from Bif Bare, who performed a couple of songs at UC Sunnydale in season 4.
Other than successful the award for “Most Glorious ‘90s Band Title Ever”, Sprung Monkey has the immense honor of being the primary band to play the Bronze. They appeared within the pilot, “Welcome to the Hellmouth”, performing “Imagine”, however a number of different songs can be heard as occasions unfold. Sprung Monkey’s music was featured in a few different season 1 episodes as properly. The band, who originated in San Diego, was energetic from 1991-2002, however reunited in 2005.
Superfine performed the Bronze in season 1, episode 4, “Instructor’s Pet”. Their tune “Stoner Love” will be heard, however “I Already Met You” is way more prominently featured whereas the Scoobies hang around. The observe additionally seems on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Album. Frontman Rob Grad was the bassist for 90s rock band Kik Tracee earlier than becoming a member of Superfine, which he left in 2010.
Season 1, episode 5, “By no means Kill a Boy on the First Date”, was one in every of many episodes through which Buffy struggled to take care of some semblance of a social life with out her calling get in the way in which. After all, courting Owen was disastrous, however whereas the 2 have been on the Bronze, L.A.-based trip-hop band Velvet Chain performed “Treason” and “Robust”. The latter was additionally included on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Album. Velvet Chain have been such huge followers of the present that in 1999 they launched The Buffy EP, which included their very own tackle a form of theme tune known as “Buffy (She’s the Slayer)”. Seth Inexperienced performed guitar on the observe.
Cibo Matto is answerable for one of the memorable Bronze moments. Within the season 2 premiere, “When She Was Unhealthy”, Buffy took her “points” out on Willow, Xander, and Angel. Her flirty dance with Xander wounded them multi functional fell swoop. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Nicholas Brendan are each nice, however it’s “Sugar Water” by Cibo Matto that makes the scene work so properly. One other observe from the band, “Spoon”, will be heard as properly, earlier than Buffy’s now-infamous dance. The band, whose identify means “loopy meals” in Italian, was fashioned in New York Metropolis in 1994 by Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori. They have been later joined by different members, together with Sean Lennon. Cibo Matto went on hiatus in 2002, however reunited in 2011.
One other essential Bronze second is Spike seeing Buffy for the primary time, which occurs in season 2, episode 3, “Faculty Arduous”. Nickel performed the membership, performing their songs “1000 Nights” and “Silly Factor”, from the album of the identical identify. It’s throughout “Silly Factor” that performs when William the Bloody catches his first glimpse of the Slayer. Sadly, regardless of their plain contribution to this monumental Buffy second, Nickel did not do a lot after their look on the sequence.
Showing in season 2, episode 15, “Phases”, Lotion performed the Bronze simply earlier than Ounceswreaked havoc as a werewolf. They carried out “Blind For Now” on the membership and their music will be heard in season Three as properly. This Manhattan-based indie band was fashioned in 1991 and has opened up for superb musicians reminiscent of Pavement, Frank Black and the Catholics, and Mercury Rev. They broke up in 2001.
Splendid has performed the Bronze twice. They carried out “Cost” in season 2, episode 19, “I Solely Have Eyes for You”, as Buffy “got here, noticed and rejected” a possible suitor. Splendid returned within the season Four premiere, “The Freshman”, enjoying “You & Me”, as Xander gave Buffy a much-needed pep speak. The band can be heard in season 5. Splendid was a musical duo comprised of former husband and spouse group, Angie Hart, of Australian band Frente!, and Jesse Tobias, who would go on to work on the musical preparations with Christophe Beck for “As soon as Extra with Feeling”.
Bellylove performed the Bronze in Buffy‘s season Three premiere, “Anne”. The band carried out their tune “Again to Freedom” whereas the Scoobies puzzled the place Buffy had gone. Bellylove fashioned in L.A. in 1998 and stay energetic to this present day, although their sound has advanced through the years, as drummers have come and gone. Founders Lisa Rae Black and Toni Valenta have been constants regardless of lineup modifications.
Darling Violetta carried out in season 3, episode 3, “Religion, Hope & Trick”. They performed their tune “Blue Solar” as Religion danced with the vampire briefly recognized solely as “Disco Dave”, in addition to a observe known as “Treatment” whereas the Scooby Gang bought to know Religion a bit of higher. Based mostly in Hollywood, Darling Violetta was energetic from 1997-2009. The band took their identify from the salutation utilized by Bela Lugosi in his correspondences along with his mistress, actress Violetta Napierska. Darling Violetta additionally wrote and carried out the theme tune for Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s spin-off, Angel.
One other unforgettable Bronze second got here in season 3, episode 16, “Doppelgängland”. Okay’s Selection performed their tune “Virgin State of Thoughts”, which match the scene completely, as Vampire Willow entered the membership in the principle timeline. The tune was additionally included on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Album. Okay’s Selection is a Belgian band fashioned in 1994. They’ve had a number of musicians come and go through the years, with the core members being siblings Sam and Gert Bettens. Okay’s Selection was energetic till 2003, although they did reunite in 2009.
The long-awaited reunion between Spike and Drusilla befell throughout the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel crossover, “Crush”, which was season 5, episode 14. Dēvics performed their tune “Key” as Dru killed a pair so she and Spike (who had a chip in his head) might drink them collectively. One other L.A. band, Dēvics fashioned in 1993, however have been largely inactive since 2006, as members Sara Lov and Dustin O’Halloran have been pursuing solo careers. “Key” seems on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale.
Michelle Department appeared on the Bronze in Season 6, episode 8, “Tabula Rasa”, enjoying her heartbreaking ballad, “Goodbye to You”. The tune soundtracked a number of main occasions in Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Tara left Willow, Giles left city, and Buffy kissed Spike for the second time. Department’s tune expertly conveyed the complicated feelings at play within the episode’s ultimate scenes with out the characters uttering a phrase. The singer-songwriter has been energetic since 1999 and fashioned The Wreckers with fellow musician Jessica Harp in 2005. They’ve since disbanded, however Department has continued to launch music as lately as 2017.
Each Virgil and Halo Friendlies performed the Bronze in Season 6, episode 9, “Smashed”. The previous was performing on the membership when Willow and Amy arrived. Virgil performed their songs “Parachute” and “Vermilion Borders”. Nevertheless, as soon as the 2 witches began altering the Bronze and its inhabitants to their liking, they determined the band might use a change. The group that appeared instead of Virgil was Halo Friendlies, who carried out the observe “Run Away”. Virgil was fashioned by Andrew Paul Woodworth in 2000, whereas Halo Friendlies have been an all-girl pop punk band from 1998-2004.
One of the greatest bands to outlive the ‘90s and proceed releasing nice music within the years that adopted, the Breeders appeared on Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a result of sisters Kim and Kelley Deal are large followers of the present. The band performed the Bronze as Daybreak danced with R.J in Season 7, episode 6, “Him”, performing two songs off their wonderful album, Title TK, “Little Fury” and “Son of Three (Viva)”. The Breeders had beforehand launched a canopy of Nerf Herder’s Buffy theme tune and had additionally been enjoying the observe on tour for months when Kim Deal herself known as to barter the Breeders’ look on the Bronze. They’d go on to document the theme tune themselves for Radio Sunnydale.
Angie Hart was beforehand talked about as one half of the pop duo Splendid, who appeared on the Bronze twice. Nevertheless, Hart’s solo look in Season 7, episode 7, “Conversations with Lifeless Individuals”, deserves its personal entry. She carried out the observe “Blue”, which was co-written with Joss Whedon. The tune bookends the episode, appearing because the glue that binds the occasions of this season 7 standout collectively. Hart additionally sang backup vocals together with Amber Benson’s Tara on “Below Your Spell” in “As soon as Extra with Feeling”. She has appeared on the sequence greater than another musician, and “Blue” can be discovered on Radio Sunnydale.
Legendary singer-songwriter Aimee Mann performed the Bronze in Season 7, episode 8, “Sleeper”. Alongside together with her band, she carried out “This Is How It Goes” and “Pavlov’s Bell” from her unimaginable 2002 album, Misplaced in House. The latter additionally seems on Radio Sunnydale. Because the band performed, Spike killed one of many vampires he’d unknowingly sired whereas underneath the management of the First. The vamp’s dusting induced them to cease enjoying, however just for a second. On her manner off the stage, Mann will be heard saying, “Man, I hate enjoying vampire cities”. She is the one real-life musician to have had any traces on the present. After getting her begin within the ‘80s band Til Tuesday, Mann launched a really profitable solo profession. She has appeared in movies and TV reveals reminiscent of The Huge Lebowski and Portlandia, and recorded songs that largely outlined Paul Thomas Anderson’s stellar movie, Magnolia.
Followers might not have beloved Willow and Kennedy as a pair, however it was Aberdeen who soundtracked their first unofficial date on the Bronze in Season 7, episode 13, “The Killer in Me”. The band performed the songs “Sink or Float” and “Cities and Buses”. This American twee pop group fashioned in 1992 and “Sink or Float” was featured on the UK model of Radio Sunnydale.
Appropriately, the final band to be seen on the Bronze is the exact same one who composed Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s theme tune. Nerf Herder performed in Season 7, episode 19, “Empty Locations” and Daybreak joked they is likely to be one of many indicators of the apocalypse. They carried out “Mr. Spock” and ”Rock Metropolis Information” as Religion took the potential slayers out to blow off some steam. The inventors of “nerdcore”, the band fashioned in Santa Barbara, and have been collectively from 1994 -2003. They reunited in 2005, and their final album was launched in 2016.
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