Music that the characters of Torchwood would listen to! Because I'm playing around on Spotify, of course.
There are a few hints in canon for certain characters (the music dead!Owen puts on when he starts cleaning out his flat, Jack's love of the 40s, etc.), but we really don't know much. And what you offer as a suggestion can have a logical basis or it can be totally cracky (like Toshiko's undying love for Pantera or Owen's obsession with 50s folk songs). And if it involves mini fics, all the better?
So, what do you think everyone listens to?
NOTE: This is a friendly discussion. Unfriendly people will be exiled to Mordor. (IDEK.)
I really like the idea of Tosh listening to Massive Attack!
And I definitely can see Ianto listening to rock, but I can never decide what kind. Actually, I can't decide overall with him. One day, I seem to attribute an affinity for 80s (The Smiths, especially), or 90s alt rock, or metal. Or, maybe all of them. Why not?
And I also wonder how much our knowledge of the actors influences this? I mean, I have this strong inclination that Ianto really likes Tool, but I know where that idea comes from! lol
I've always thought, considering Ianto is Welsh and would be my age, he'd be an Indie kid. He likes music with guitars and melodies (as his non-work clothes suggest) but he likes a little gloss to his music too (like his fancy suits and polished shoes).
So, in my head, I've always had him listening to stuff like Super Furry Animals, Catatonia, Sleeper, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, The Libertines and so on.
!! Remind me to send you some music. They're all fairly popular British bands. Catatonia and Super Furry Animals are both based out of Wales and were popular around when Blur and Oasis were. The others, at one point or another, were the big "indie rock" band of the year over there.
And yeah, I think it's true that certain Tool fans tend to like harder music, but I think the lyrics strike me as something he'd be into. (This is my own personal preference, I think, influencing - because clearly Ianto and I are similar *rolls eyes at self*)
(Don't tell anyone this because it's basically one of my pre-written meta posts I'm saving for when finals end and I open my meta community. *checks to see if coast is clear*)
I'm absolutely convinced Jack is a huge Supremes fan. I have almost no supporting evidence, but nothing you say will change my mind.
I've also spent the last few days toying with the idea that Tosh is a Yoko Kanno fan. But that is mostly because I believe the world is made up of people who are fans of Yoko Kanno and people who have not heard of Yoko Kanno, and Tosh would be the most likely one to know of Kanno.
I think I want nothing more than a Motown mix for Jack. I'm just picturing 60's Torchwood teasing the hell out of him for liking American music. (Although there was a point where the Supremes were popular than the Beatles in the UK.)
I know nothing about music, so I'm going to go and hunt down all of your Ianto suggestions. To the internet!
Haha! No, I totally see Jack digging some Motown. It was super sexy, had great production, allowed you to dance really close to someone and you could easily singalong. Now I can hear John Barrowman singing some Temptations in my head and it is fantastic.
I am not going to lie, I totally put Super Furry Animals and Catatonia because they are like quintessentially Welsh. Catatonia might be a bit too girly so maybe Stereophonics instead. He had to have had some local pride in his music collection.
lol And I won't try to change your mind! Mostly I want Jack to like something RIDICULOUS. Not necessarily the music itself being ridiculous, but his love of it, for example, completely leaves Ianto perplexed for days (or, you know, months even?)
Like his obsession with Bollywood remixes. IDK.
And then Ianto just learns to tolerate it. Suzie used to make fun of him a lot.
But Jack and Disney songs is too beautiful for words. I'm just imagining him basically singing the entire Hercules soundtrack FOREVER. And "Be a Man" from Mulan. To Gwen, when he recruits her and possibly Ianto when they start him on field work.
Now I am listening to all of my Disney music. And I am imagining, you know, Ianto getting a hold of Jack's, and it just being a fantastic moment of...IDEK, cracky but also sweet, and someone needs to write fic of this RIGHT NOW.
INTERNETS, I AM GOING TO GO EAT SOME SOUP. WHEN I COME BACK, I EXPECT SOME HARDCORE DISNEY ACTION, OKAY!?
(And by "hardcore Disney action," I mean fic. About Jack liking Disney songs. And Ianto's reaction. And Jack's attempt to justify himself. And Ianto's adorable acceptance. Not porn of Disney characters. Though there can be porn of Jack and Ianto, that's fine. Okay. This disclaimer is over now.)
Tried to figure out Gwen... no luck but Rhys obviously listens to a local station because he heard the Harwoods Advert... who usually play 80's to today... so I guess Gwen listens to them too, she can't be bothered to do different
Jack definitely 1940's (though I can imagine he had a LOT of fun in the 60s - he must have been at Woodstock)
Toshiko... maybe some music from Japan to connect with her homeland and family in the only way she can
I commented with everyone else and Livejournal ate it!
Anyway, I said I thought Tosh would be someone who listened to whatever was on the radio. Like, she enjoyed music, but not enough to go seek it out. I bet she really enjoyed Coldplay, Damien Rice and some more mellow stuff. She seems the sort to get too wrapped up in her work, other obsessions, to worry about music too much.
Owen was the one I always thought would love Tool. I think he always enjoyed more aggressive music.
Gwen seemed like the "classic" type. In my head, she likes The Sex Pistols, New York Dolls, David Bowie , early U2 and Joy Division. Of more modern stuff, I think she likes things that are dancier. Stuff like the Scissor Sisters. I will also confess that my personal head canon, Gwen's taste in music was influenced by her pre-Rhys University boyfriend and just stuck. She just seems like the easily influenced type.
I've never had a grasp on what contemporary music Jack would like. In my head, for whatever reason, Jack is not a big fan of the Beatles. He thought they were cute, but the music wasn't his thing.
I think you make a really good point, about Tosh not seeking out music.
I have this thing with Owen - I like the idea of him listening to The Streets and Radiohead for ABSOLUTELY no reason other than it just fits him, in my head. But I can definitely see Tool slotting in there, too.
I LOVE the back story you've given Gwen's taste. And I really enjoy the idea of her listening to David Bowie and the Scissor Sisters.
Now I'm imagining Ianto blasting the Smiths whenever he's annoyed with her. Like, she tries to talk about feelings, and he plays "Bigmouth Strikes Again." And then she stops, so he turns it off. And then she starts again, so he turns it back up. I imagine this going on for awhile.
I just want to say that I am too tired right now (midnight here D:) to think about this. But I KNOW tomorrow I'm going to be thinking about them it all the time while I am on Spotify -which is around 18 hours a day- and it's going to be really difficult to get anything done.
So I am just blaming you in advance. Will come back tomorrow.
Still tired, thought, and I didn't have time to think about it properly but...I must say I've always thought that Jack have some Glenn Miller music hidden in his office, and sometimes, when he's feeling nostalgic he would play them and think about Rose and the Doctor. Ianto would probably watch him and would like to ask questions, but what's the point? So just watching.
Also, as someone said, I think Tosh would be a Yoko Kanno fan. I'm just loving this idea <3
I'm thinking Ianto also has a bit of a fetish for Gospel, but only because I have the mental picture of him in the kitchen, in his undies, bopping around to it while making brekkie, and the reaction Jack would have to that tableau.
ETA: Or maybe Country/Western music. Because, with him, appearances aren't everything. The suits are an affectation. He clearly wanted to get OUT of the estates and move into a different world altogether. What's more romantically rebellious and polar opposite of being a chav (while still being familiar enough as not to cause distress)? COWBOY.
This is great - I imagine Ianto having a pretty eclectic music taste. He tends towards songs that are meaningful to him, for whatever reason. Mostly lyrical, or the way the music makes him feel. And I can see him listening to country/western!
OMG, Suzie and Moriarty? That is effing MAGIC. Perfect. Armageddon. Sign of the apocalypse, etc... Those two together would be, well, they'd probably kill each other in five minutes or hit it off so well they give up their lives of crime and villainy in order to spawn a dozen little sociopaths and train THEM to take over the world on their behalf. Which, of course, would actually require taking over the world attempts in order to train, so they wouldn't be retired, not technically.
And, no, I can't write it. Not even close, so don't ask! :)