(Inspired by the 'Cast an RPG' thread) I'd like to say that I'm a very musically-inclined person, despite the fact that I very likely have some of the worst taste in music of anyone I know. That said, when I want to get ideas for something to do with my characters in the RPGs, I more often than not find myself turning on my iTunes and finding some tunes that get me in the right mood to play said characters. Certain songs remind me of certain heroes or villains, or specific 'scenes' that I really want to play out, etc, to the point where I've compiled enough different songs that I can pretty much make out a whole 'soundtrack' to my activities in the RPGs. And I wanted to see if anyone else here in the Basement does the same. Andy C's Playlist: ALL-STAR MARVEL: Peter Parker: "Space Olympics" by The Lonely Island http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jp77WTBLYCA This isn't really because I think it encompasses Peter's life or his destiny as Spider-Man or whatnot; it's more that I think this is the sort of crap that Parker would think is funny. And tapping into that nerd-humor makes it easier to connect with the rest of Parker's personality for me. Spider-Man: "Invincible" by Muse http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_5V8We3hgg This is more what I picture as his 'theme song' in his early days of superhero-ing. Peter Parker may be vulnerable and insecure by himself, but when he suits up and takes on the world in the name of his friends and family, he's invincible. Gwen Stacy: "My Junk" from the musical Spring Awakening http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e-McEzO3oI This song is just about perfect for Gwen and her crush on Peter, a repressed and innocent girl who's just starting to get accustomed to her not-so-innocent feelings towards a friend who barely notices her. Yes, I listen to musicals. No, I do not swing that way. Harry Osborn: "Fitter, Happier" by Radiohead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laoq1eeIUxQ On the outside, Harry is the coolest guy Peter knows, but only Harry himself knows just how close he is to losing it. Underneath his suave and easy-going demeanor is a stew of father issues and whatever the hell happened to him during his years in a 'private school in England.' This song kind of gets me into the mindset of a guy who's tearing himself apart between what is expected of him, and his inability to figure out what he wants for himself. Mary Jane Watson: "DARE" by Gorillaz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6yantixZ5c I have no idea what the hell the song is actually about (if anything), but it's fun and just a little weird and will get stuck in your head all day, which is kind of what I'm going for with MJ at this point: someone who's really cool and really fun, and that you can't get out of your head when she's gone. Eddie Brock: "Nobody Loves Me" by Limp Bizkit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6nkdG31BvQ This is pretty much pre-symbiote Eddie Brock in a nutshell, someone who talks and acts like a gigantic jackass and then can't understand why people don't like him. Peter and Gwen: "Madame de Pompadour" from the Doctor Who soundtrack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACz-gFib8zo I freaking love this song, and the more I thought about it, the more perfect it is for Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy's doomed romance. It's like something beautiful is happening, but you can't bring yourself to look at it because we all know how it ends.... And on the villainous side of things: The Big Man/Tombstone: "Red Bats with Teeth" by Angelo Badalamenti http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDMC2kNnIls Great music from the Lost Highway soundtrack, it gives the feel I want for Tombstone, someone who's dangerous and crazy but wants to cling to the illusion that he's classy and high-brow. Electro: "Bloodrocuted" by Dethklok http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YYZcpMk8qo Nerdy death-metal about someone getting murderous revenge via electricity? That sounds just about right for All-Star Max Dillon. The Kingpin: "Have a Cigar" covered by Primus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqwvNmG651Q&feature=fvst Personally I like the original Pink Floyd song better, but Primus makes it sound so much sleazier, which works really well for Wilson Fisk. He's a guy you know that you shouldn't get involved with, that any deal with him is going to be bad for you, but he just makes it sound too good to pass up (and the fact that he'll kill your family if you say no is a motivator, too) The Green Goblin: "One of My Turns" by Pink Floyd http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGqbCMHGTiw While Question hasn't turned Osborn into the magnificent bastard he's destined to become yet, I can definitely see Norman's transformation into Gobby going down to this little ditty. Just a guy who has had the weight of the world on his shoulders for too long and finally just plain loses his ****. Doctor Octopus: "The Cybermen" from the Doctor Who Soundtrack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C918zOdSOgs Pulling again from Doctor Who, this is a great song for what I've got in store for Otto Octavius: a brilliant and ambitious mind who eventually loses all of his ethical inhibitions and goes into flat-out world-conquering mad scientist. Plus it's got a good bit towards the end that would make for a great 'fight scene' song for when he tangles with Spider-Man. Venom: "Right Now" by Korn http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Myj-q0OpETk Okay, so we're nowhere near introducing Venom yet, but once I've put Eddie Brock through the ringer that he's heading towards, he's going to be at a point where all he can think about is destroying Parker. Switching gears now... Nick Fury: "Rooster" by Alice in Chains http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAE6Il6OTcs Yeah, I know the song is about Vietnam, but it captures what I had in mind for Fury: a guy who has seen way too much over the years, and has pretty much had everything but war burned out of him. ULTIMATE DC: Lex Luthor: "The Master Vainglorious" from the Doctor Who Soundtrack (again) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCQ-hYFNpOA This is a fun one for getting the idea of just how crazy UDC Luthor is, especially when he gets into his gigantic world-scale plans. Wonder Woman: "Zoosters Breakout" by Hans Zimmer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcPoyqoanRY From the Madagascar soundtrack, it's got a great energetic feel that gets very superhero-ish, without being immediately recognizable as another character's theme. WORLD OF HEROES: Superman: "You're Not One of Them" by John Ottman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqTcFVoor-Q Yeah, yeah, I know the actual John Williams theme is the more obvious choice, but I really liked the lower-key score that Ottman delivered; it really emphasized the sort of loneliness that someone like Superman would feel, and at the same time the godlike power that he wields. HEROES VS. VILLAINS Norman Osborn: "I Can't Decide" by the Scissor Sisters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSdE9x5bvjU A happy little song about a sadistic villain trying to decide to do with his victim, much like a certain Goblin is feeling now that he's on top of the world at the helm of SHIELD.