No matter how you feel about the actual quality of their shows, the WB (now the CW after its merger with UPN ages ago) had excellent soundtracks on their TV programs. Whether we're talking Buffy the Vampire Slayer
or One Tree Hill
, the shows knew how to pick some tunes. And the WB show that consistently had the best soundtrack was the network's opus in virtually every regard, Gilmore Girls
. Gilmore Girls
gained a reptutation for consistently showcasing great classic and (then) contemporary alternative acts including the Shins, XTC, and more and with the news that Gilmore Girls is coming back to Netflix for a four episode limited series run sometime in 2017, we thought "who are the bands that are going to be appearing on Gilmore Girls
today?" And, yo, Amy Sherman-Palladino, if you need any help soundtracking the show, why not take a gander at some of our suggestions.
First Aid Kit
Rory always had a predilection towards softer, occasionally folksier bands. Lane was the rock gal (and Lorelai was all about the 80s). And there are few better straight up folk acts working today than First Aid Kit. Of course, we might be biased. We've shot First Aid Kit a couple times, and they'll always have room in our country-folk loving hearts.
It's been eight years now since the show ended (and the revival isn't coming back til two years) which means it will have been ten years since we heard anything from the denizens of Stars Hollow. And that means there's a chance that Lane Kim's band, Hep Alien -- featuring famed metal guitarist Sebastian Bach -- has had plenty of time to take off. And who knows? Maybe we can see Lane and crew opening up for the Arctic Monkeys. They seem like Lane's cup of tea.
Bats For Lashes
Let's face it. There are probably going to be some love scenes in the new Gilmore Girls
. Romance was a part of the show from the first minute that Luke and Lorelai locked eyes (no, not General Hospital
's Luke & Lorelai although that had to have been Amy Sherman-Palladino's intention when she named the show's OTP that). And every good love scene needs the right song. And you know who's written some of the most hauntingly gorgeous love songs of the 2010s? Bats for Lashes. We just hope this doesn't underscore a romantic moment between Rory and Dean. We're hoping that storyline doesn't make it to the new show.
Carly Rae Jepsen
It's an established fact that Lane and Lorelai love 80s music. In the first season, Lorelai bonds with Rory's teacher, Max Medina, who she winds up engaged to, over her B-52s t-shirt at a parent-teacher meeting, and in the second episode, Lorelai and Lane freak out when Lane shows up with an XTC album. And the best 80s throwback album of the 2010s is Carly Rae Jepsen. Considering how much Lorelai loves the Bangles, we think she'll find plenty to love on Emotion
So this one might seem like a left-field choice but hear us out. Gilmore Girls
ended with Rory graduating from Yale and heading out on the campaign trail to work for the Obama campaign -- and it seemed like she backed the right horse in that race. She eventually has to return to Stars Hollow. Maybe in the years since the show ended, Rory's never returned. She's been too busy. And you need a song blasting on the radio as Rory lumbers her car back into town maybe towards the Dragonfly Inn? And there's something about the triumphant horns and soaring vocals of Diane Coffee's "Mayflower" that seem like a perfect fit here. Plus, Diane Coffee's Shaun Fleming is already an actor. Maybe there's a role for him.
Florence + the Machine
One of the big rumors swirling around the Gilmore Girls
revival is that one of the titular Gilmores will be getting married. Our money's on Lorelai -- it has to be to Luke, right? There's no way they're going down the Christopher path again? -- but it could maybe be Rory. She'll be in her early 30s at this point. But, our gut is telling us that before we get to that wedding, we're going to have some major moments of romantic drama. And there's nobody working today better at over-the-top romantic melodrama musically than Florence + the Machine.
Earlier when we were referring to "love scenes," we meant romance. We weren't talking about sex. But, let's face it. There's probably going to be at least a little sex on the new Gilmore Girls
. It eventually reared its head with Rory when she made it to college and slept with...somebody she probably shouldn't have been sleeping with. And if there's any artist from today that can soundtrack the prelude to a sex scene, it's Miguel.
Music wasn't just the backdrop to the scenes on Gilmore Girls
. Characters talked about it constantly. We might be wrong, but we're pretty sure the literal first conversation between Rory and Lorelai on screen -- besides scaring away the creepy dude trying to pick both of them up at Luke's -- was about Macy Gray. And when Lane and Rory finally have their reunion, clearly, Rory is going to ask Lane for some music recommendations, and Courtney Barnett could be a great choice from the show's resident rock geek.
Stars Hollow is as much a character in Gilmore Girls as any of its denizens. It's a cartoonish but romanticized vision of the small New England town. There's just something iconic about shots of the main square of that town, buried in snow, as Lorelai and Rory wander around, heavily bundled up in clothes, gabbing about pop culture and whatever is going down in their lives, and Brandon Flowers' "Lonely Town" would be perfect for a more meditative spin on one of those sequences.
Years & Years
The show is coming back for a four episode limited series run with each episode constituting a 90 minute "movie." And one of the great things about TV is the fade to black credits moment. We figure a handful of these episodes are going to end on a "makes you anxious" cliffhanger, but one will at least have to be a happy twist, and if it involves any of the characters' love lives, this romantic anthem from British house pop stars Years & Years will do the trick.