Top Ten Thursday: Arrested Development Characters…In Song!


We at LxL are all huge Arrested Development fans.  And while the highly-anticipated fourth season resurrection may have come in under expectations, we thought we would still honor the effort with a list.  Before anyone makes a nasty remark in the comments section, yes, Billboard (who did a fantastic job) did a list along the same theme as this, but we eschewed all their song choices except for one.  As for the content of the list, we just attempted to pair each character with a song suiting their character.  A little different than our other lists, we decided it would be pointless to put them in any particular order.  This list more than any other, we would love to hear your suggestions for additional pairings.  Thanks and enjoy.

Michael:  Sly & the Family Stone – “A Family Affair”

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Michael’s goal has always been to “keep the family together”, but if the fourth season of AD is any indication, Michael may just turn out crazier than Sly Stone himself.

Gob:  Heart – “Magic Man”

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Yeah, yeah, “The Final Countdown” may be Gob’s calling card in the series, but we found “Magic Man” to be the perfect match for the eldest Bluth boy.  Gob’s combination of mystery, persuasiveness, and forced administration of “forget-me-knows” make him the ultimate magic man.

Lindsay:  Kanye West – “Gold Digger”

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Lindsay will stop at nothing to A.) gain the approval of her father, and B.) feed her material desires.  “Gold Digger” is also particularly appropriate due to Lindsay’s penchant for black men.

Buster:  The Intruders – “I’ll Always Love My Mama”

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This 1973 Intruders track answers the age-old question of whether Buster’s feelings for his mother are love or merely infatuation.  “I’ll Always Love My Mama” may sound a little dated, but then, so is the love of Buster’s life, Lucille.

Lucille:  Elton John – “The Bitch is Back”

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Maybe the “stone cold sober as a matter of fact” line doesn’t fits so well with old booze-bag Lucille Bluth.  But there’s no denying, Elton John’s attitude in “The Bitch is Back” does perfectly personify Lucille being one mother of a bitch.

George Sr.:  Beastie Boys – “Sabotage”

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George Sr. will do whatever it takes to keep his head above water, even if it means sabotaging his own company.  Using his offspring at every turn to his own self interest is no strange occurrence, making The Beasties “Sabotage” perfectly analogous.

George Michael:  Madonna – “Forbidden Love”

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The pining by George Michael over his maybe-cousin Maeby, speaks to the type of forbidden love only Madonna can put into song.  I disgustingly came across a supportive website called when researching this list.  Come on, Internet!

Maeby:  Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”

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“Call Me Maybe” is the only selection from the Billboard list we decided just had to stay.  There is a nice inverse relationship between Maeby Funke and Carly Rae Jepsen.  Maeby is a high schooler posing as a movie executive, where Carly is a 28 year old posing as a preteen.

Tobias:  Neil Diamond – “Forever in Blue Jeans”


Neil Diamond is widely regarded as the very first “nevernude”, and thus created an anthem for the masses.  Tobias affliction may not be recognized by the medical community, but Jew Elvis acknowledgment is all I need.

Oscar:  The Black Keys – “Unknown Brother”

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Oscar would love to light up a doobie and listen to this classic Black Keys track.  Oscar and George Sr. may know each other, but do they really “know” each other beyond George Sr. using Oscar as a pawn in all his schemes?

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Barry Zuckerkorn:  The Clash – “I Fought the Law and the Law Won”

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Barry Zuckerkorn has never tackled a case he couldn’t screw up, so the classic by The Clash fit perfectly.  Based on Season 4, Bobby Darin’s “Beyond the Sea” would have also been a great fit.

Franklin:  LL Cool J & Brad Paisley – “Accidental Racist”


“Accidental Racist” is a terrible song off Brad Paisley’s otherwise passable new album Wheelhouse.  Using being from the south as an excuse for racism sounds like something right up Gob’s alley, and something he could cash in on with Franklin.

Lucille Two:  U2 – “Vertigo”

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Simply put, this was the only option for Lucille Austero, who has crippling (you guessed it) vertigo.  I’m sure listening to this awful U2 track wouldn’t help her balance one bit.

Anne Veal:  Tyler, the Creator – “Her”


No explanation necessary.

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