With the Joss Whedon directed episode of "Glee" airing last week, and "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" coming out on Blu-ray this week, it's been a good time for fans of Joss's musical tendencies. But even outside of traditional musical media, Joss has always been making music a big part of his shows. Musical guests at The Bronze were a staple on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" right up until The Bronze was destroyed in Season 7. In season 2 of "Angel", they introduced Caritas, where Lorne, the Host, would read people's futures through the power of karaoke.
So, for this edition of Friday Five, I'll take a look at some of the most memorable musical moments from the Whedonverse, when characters burst into song unexpectedly. I'm excluding the ones that came IN musicals, so no "Once More, With Feeling", and no "Dr. Horrible"... also, I'm excluding "Mrs." from the Buffy Season 7 episode "Selfless", since it's really a flashback to OMWF.
5. Rupert Giles - "Behind Blue Eyes" (from the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Season 4 episode "Where the Wild Things Are")
This was the first time we saw Giles sing on the show, and while our reaction wasn't quite as incredulous as Xander's, it was still pretty shocking. And funny. I particularly love Willow's lines.
4. "The Ballad of Jayne" (from the "Firefly" episode "Jaynestown")
I think Wash pretty much summed up the appropriate reaction to this: "We gotta go to the crappy town where I'm a hero."
3. Lindsey McDonald - "L.A. Song" (from the "Angel" Season 2 episode "Dead End")
This is probably my favorite song on the "Angel" soundtrack. Lindsey gets his hand back and immediately starts playing evil country/rock/ballad crossovers (well, at least Angel thinks they're evil... Cordelia just seems enamored by him).
2. Rupert Giles - "The Exposition Song" (From the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Season 4 episode "Restless")
Giles makes his second appearance on this list, with one of the best moments from the Season 4 finale "Restless". Kind of annoyingly, this song hasn't appeared on any of the three "Buffy" soundtracks.
1. Lorne - "Lady Marmalade" (From the "Angel" Season 4 episode "The House Always Wins")
You know I had to get Lorne on this list. He had tons of great singing moments throughout his run on "Angel", but nothing topped his rendition of "Lady Marmalade". The late Andy Hallett really belted it out on this one, owning the Vegas stage.
So that's my list. I know I missed a bunch of them (and I didn't really "miss" them, I just only have room for five in the "Friday Five") so which ones -- again, not from OMWF and Dr. Horrible -- would you put on your list?