From Gob's puppet-assisted parody "It Ain't Easy Being White" to the adventures of Dr. Fünke's 100% Natural Good-Time Family Band Solution, music has always been an essential part of cult comedy series Arrested Development. Now the show's hilarious original tunes will find a home on the soundtrack LP At Long Last. . . Music and Songs from Arrested Development, out November 19th.
As Indiewire reports, the songs were written by composer David Schwartz, who says the 42-track album came after a high "fan demand."
"A majority of the album is weighted toward the songs," Schwartz said. "Most of the songs composed for the show came together organically, but quite often [creator Mitchell Hurwitz] would call me up requesting one and float some lyrics by me while he was driving. When it comes to the humor and parody of the songs, Mitch has a great deal of trust in the show's super-smart fans. He never wants any musical reference to be too obvious."
In other Arrested Development news, Hurwitz and many members of the show's eclectic cast will appear on a November 7th episode of James Lipton's prestigious interview series Inside the Actor's Studio. Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Portia de Rossi, Jessica Walter and Alia Shawkat will reunite on the program; fan favorites Michael Cera, David Cross and Tony Hale won't be in attendance.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hurwitz recently discussed plans to pursue a fifth season on Netflix (and a possible feature film) at the New York TV Festival. "It's not my decision, but it's what I want to do," Hurwitz said. "The reason I'm not just saying, let's go do the series next, is because I'm worried it'll take two years to make all those deals – a mess of people, a weird tease to all of us and the audience. So my goal is to do a movie for Netflix-type thing, and then go into the series."
A stream of "Get Away" (sung by the show's former teen-heartthrob character Mark Cherry, played by Daniel Amerman) from At Long Last...Music and Songs from Arrested Development is available here.