I’ve decided to do a series of fan mixes dedicated to individual characters and pairings from BTVS. I will publish them on Grooveshark (follow me! I’ll follow back 🙂 ) and Youtube (same deal, subscribe to me and I’ll subscribe back! 🙂 ). The only place that you will find an analysis on the song choices will be right here on this fantastic blog.
Today’s fan mix is dedicated to the one and only Faith Lehane. I’m focusing on Season 3/4 era Faith. If you’d just like to listen the music, you can do so via Grooveshark or Youtube:
Otherwise, I’ll be going through each song with some of my thoughts on it and how it relates to Faith after the break.
Main Vibe: Electronic/Dance/Rock
“So listen in my head I just want to take ’em down
Imagination set loose and I’m gonna shake ’em down”
So Watcha Want captures Faith’s whole vibe when she first arrives in Sunnydale. She’s charismatic and mysterious, and has most of the Scoobies thinking she’s a total bad ass starting as early as her first scenes with them in the Bronze. (Naked vampire hunting, anyone?) She puts Buffy on edge almost immediately, and I think this song has that kind of “new girl in town, total ass kicker, get ready for a bumpy ride” type feel going for it. Faith certainly knows how to shake things up.
2. 212 by Azealia Banks warning: this song contains explicit lyrics
“What you gone do when I appear?
When I premier?”
212 captures the raw, “no holds barred” style of the way Faith fights and carries herself. The song sounds as if it’s unraveling, becoming more frantic as it goes. It also has a “f*** this” attitude about it, much like Faith. She slays for the thrill of it, and doesn’t really give a damn about rules or repercussions.
“If you wanna get with me
There’s some things you gotta know
I like my beats fast
And my bass down low”
I’ll admit that Bass Down Low doesn’t really directly apply to Faith. However, I feel like it’s a song she’d totally get down to in the club.
“Red souls, red friends”
Infinity Guitars is a song that fits Buffy and Faith’s honeymoon period*. They make their own rules, (want, take, HAVE) and no one can mess with them. They’re the Chosen Ones, after all. But towards the end of the song, the instruments swell like a slap in the face, signaling the end of the honeymoon period, which to me is when Faith accidentally killed the Deputy Mayor. That is when shit hit the fan and never was the same again. This song has that great calm before the storm feel building up to the crash and burn effect of the ending.
*honeymoon period is like that little pocket of time with someone where everything seems perfect and you’re totally into each other, but it soon fizzles out as reality sets in and the other person may not be what they seem or who you originally thought they were.
“Born with a void, hard to destroy with love or hope
Built with a heart, broken from the start
And now I die slow”
I feel as if this song ties in with “Revelations” (S3:E7) very well. Faith has a new watcher whom she starts to trust, which is no easy feat for her. In the same episode she finds out that the Scoobies have been having important meetings without her, blatantly keeping her out of the loop . Xander manipulats Faith into going after Angel, convincing her that he needs to be taken care of. (As in dead taken care of, not “bring me tea and tuck me in” taken care of.) When this is proved false, and Faith’s watcher turns out to be an impostor, the girl can basically trust no one at the end. It was in this episode that Faith realized she would never truly be apart of the gang, and reverted back to her “trust no one, keep your guard up at all times” self. Lyrically Valley of the Dolls captures these feelings accompanied by a melancholy tone and icy beat.
“Back to zero, here we go again, again
Racing down into oblivion”
“Take my hand, I trust your word
Bring the fire, I don’t care if it hurts
I have the future on my tongue”
This has got the Faith/Mayor relationship down pat. Faith was isolated, angry, and unhinged, and the Mayor promised her a secure future, power and love (in a father/daughter way) that Giles or the Scoobies could not (or did not, depending on how you look at it) give to her. She was in a dark place, falling until the Mayor saw an opportunity and took her hand.
“And this is not a case of lust, you see
it’s not a matter of you versus of me
It’s fine the way you want me on your own
but in the end it’s always me alone”
My Favorite Game encapsulates the Buffy/Faith dynamic after her turn to the dark side. For Faith it’s a kind spiteful, wicked game, and for Buffy it’s just a huge mess of betrayal and an added threat.
I had a vision I could turn you right
a stupid mission and a lethal fight
Lyrically it applies to both Slayers. Faith is losing her game, and Buffy is losing her mind.
“On I burn,
Fuel is pumping engines,
Burning hard, loose & clean”
This is Faith at her craziest. She’s just f***ing shit up, kicking ass and taking names. Though she’s on the wrong side, you’ve got to admit the girl has drive.
“Run from the light
your eyes, black like an animal
deep in the wander”
I think this song fits the lead up the Buffy/Faith fight in Graduation Day Pt. 1. Faith has completely unraveled, she’s out for blood, and Buffy is too after Faith poisoned Angel. Any last hope of redemption for Faith is completely shot as the final countdown nears. Feral Love is primal, epic, and has a sense of impending danger, just like Faith and Buffy’s relationship.
” I want to be the one to walk in the sun”
I picture this song fitting in after Buffy stabs Faith and puts her in a coma. If you strip down the character of Faith completely, you realize that she was a conflicted, damaged girl grasping for connection. We don’t know much of her back story but we know it wasn’t good:
When I was a kid, I used to beg my mom for a dog. Didn’t matter what kind, I just wanted, you know, something to love. A dog’s all I wanted. Well, that and toys. But Mom was so busy, you know, enjoying the drinking and passing out parts of life, that I never really got what I wanted.
Buffy wished things could have turned out differently, and I think in the moment between them in the hospital, she recognized Faith for what she was; a scared, lost girl. This version of Girls Just Want to Have Fun is much more darker than the original. It’s tone and lyrics are almost an expression of Faith’s life. It’s supposed to be all happy and careless, but this version unearths a depressing core that you never knew was there. At the end of the day, Faith just wanted to live five by five, but life is never that easy.
“Blood on her skin
Dripping with Sin
Do it again
Living Dead Girl”
This song was already directly associated with Faith in Angel, Episode 18 of Season 1, titled Five by Five. I had to include it because a Faith playlist really isn’t complete without it. The scene and song work so well together. Faith is alive but her eyes are haunted. She is not really living.
“Baby loves to dance in the dark
‘Cuz when he’s lookin’
She falls apart”
The dance floor is a place where Faith seems to be in her own world. She’s in control of everything. She’s confident, she looks good, but as the song states, “she’s a mess.” Faith feels at home in the dark, her troubles disappear. But when the lights come back on she has to deal with what she’s done and face her own actions, something that she can’t do. She falls apart.
“take me, take me downtown
tonight, I want to forget
I want lights to blind me
I want beat, want to disappear”
DJ, Ease My Mind is included pretty much for the same reasons as Dance in the Dark, but this song is much edgier and epic. I think dance is an integral part of Faith’s character. She seems to lose herself in the music and movement, and that’s what this song is all about. Nothing else matters when Faith is on the dance floor. Everything but the music ceases to exist.
And that folks, is my very first fan mix. Be sure to leave a comment if you enjoyed it, or suggest another song to add! Share with any Faith fans, and remember to subscribe to this blog using the buttons on the right 🙂
I’d like to do another one of these, and I want you to tell me what I should tackle next: