'Arrested Development' Character Playlist: 9 Songs For The New Season
From T.I. to Vampire Weekend to the (original) George Michael, check out the songs that best capture the Bluth clan.
Seven years after being cancelled by Fox, "Arrested Development," the cult series so popular you can hardly call it a cult series, is at long last returning. On Sunday (May 26), all 15 episodes of its long-anticipated fourth season will drop on Netflix, finally bringing the Bluth family back into our lives. But before you spend all Memorial Day weekend at your laptop, take a moment to get reacquainted with the Bluths through the magic of song.
Billboard.com has come up with a pop song that best fits the delightfully eccentric personality of each Bluth family member. Check out our "Arrested Development" character playlist to get properly pumped for Sunday's premiere.
Michael Bluth - George Michael, "Father Figure"
In the series, Jason Bateman's character is the closest thing the dysfunctional Bluths have to a positive influence, and after his wife's passing, he does his best to take on even more of that role towards his son, George Michael. And it just so happens the original George Michael wrote a song about just that! Just take out the awkward sexual undertones (the Bluths already have enough of those) and focus on the positive, paternal vibes.
George Bluth, Sr. - T.I., "Rubberband Man"
Though his real estate hustle isn't quite the same as T.I.'s, the well-paid Bluth family patriarch certainly is (or was) a rubberband man in his own right. And like T.I., he's "always in trouble, man" -- specifically, with the law. Furthermore, George Sr. wasn't exactly "wild like the Taliban," but he did do some secret dealings with Saddam Hussein.
Lucille Bluth - Nancy Sinatra, "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'"
It's fitting that Lucille gets a pop song from the 60s, when her character would have been coming of age and developing her sassy, narcissistic personality. She sings Petula Clark's "Downtown" during the series, but we think Nancy Sinatra's unruly persona sums up her character even better -- like how she walked away from her husband George, Sr. to his twin brother, Oscar.
Lindsay Funke - Madonna, "Material Girl"
From her free-spirited attitude to her affinity for activism, Portia de Rossi's character has a whole lot of Madonna in her. Lindsay's not as savvy in her sex appeal nor as self-confident as, say, "Beautiful Stranger" or "Ray of Light" might suggest, so we'll give her a more youthful Madge classic that reflects the Lindsay we know and love.
Tobias Funke - Lana Del Rey, "Blue Jeans"
We already know of his affinity for the Blue Man group, which he infamously mistakes for a help service for depressed men. That (among many, many other things) would make him an ideal Smiths fan, though for his theme song, the "blue" theme is too essential to his character to not be included. "Blue" by Eiffel 65? A little too easy. How about Lana's ode to blue jeans, which Tobias wore so divinely in the tight, cut-off variety? Will he love Lindsey "'til the end of time," as the song goes?
Gob Bluth - Europe, "The Final Countdown"
There are plenty of options for the Bluth family's scooter-riding, boat-living magician. Perhaps One Directon's "C'mon C'mon" for his famous catchphrase or The Bravery's "An Honest Mistake" for his other famous catchphrase ("I've made a terrible mistake")? In the end, we've got to go with the cheesily epic theme to his magic tricks -- Europe's "The Final Countdown."
George Michael Bluth - Vampire Weekend, "Cousins"
Little George Michael embodied teenage awkwardness with his ill-fated crush on (supposed) cousin Maebe, which makes this a fitting choice. He's the sort of precocious, well-meaning, button-down shirt-loving kid we could see being a Vampire Weekend fan. Fun fact: Vampire Weekend once wrote an original song for a Michael Cera film -- "Ottoman" for the "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" soundtrack.
Maeby Funke - Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe"
The "Arrested" writers sure had a way with homophones, and Maeby's name hinted that her budding romance with Michael Cera's character wasn't so scandalous after all. We'll go with another extension of the joke here, with a pop song that reflects the couple's, innocuous high school-esque love.
Buster Bluth - Rolling Stones, "Mother's Little Helper"
No, Mick Jagger wasn't singing about a dutiful, overgrown manchild in this single from the Stones' mid-60s heyday (it was pills). Getting buzzed off juice boxes was more of Buster's idea of recreational drug use, but the title still fits -- Buster seldom left his mother Lucille's side, and remained in their often-disturbing mother-child relationship.