The Cue Sheet Podcast, Episode 6: The Music of ‘Gilmore Girls’

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The Cue Sheet Podcast returns after our lengthy hiatus! After Treble’s relocation to the mid-Atlantic, your hosts Candice and Jeff have returned to the studio after many months of binge-watching TV, and this month, we make our comeback with a discussion on the music of Gilmore Girls.

Music is central to Gilmore Girls—it’s a crucial component in the bond between Rory Gilmore and her mother Lorelai, as well as her bond with Lane Kim. Her boyfriend Jess quizzes her on Clash lyrics, her earlier boyfriend Dean complains about Nick Drake songs being featured in Volkswagen commercials, and she buys a signed copy of The Go-Go’s debut LP in New York for her mother (in a dubious scene where Slint is described as a “grunge” band, for some reason). The soundtrack to Gilmore Girls is both clever and carefully curated—sometimes with songs that help to move the plot forward, and sometimes with songs that just sound right in the moment (and a few that, well, seem like odd placements on closer inspection). We discuss why Gilmore Girls wouldn’t be the show that it was without music, the musical moments we loved, a few that we didn’t, and whether or not Slint really is a grunge band.

Listen to our music of Gilmore Girls episode below, and check out our playlist of songs in our favorite moments from the show.

Share your favorite Gilmore Girls music moments in the comments, and let us know if there’s a show you’d like us to cover!

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This podcast referenced the following articles:

Los Angeles Times: How the musician behind the Gilmore Girls’ ‘La Las’ reveals how she found the sound of Stars Hollow

Vice: The importance of music in Gilmore Girls

KCRW interview with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino

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