St. Vincent, Stephin Merritt Starring in ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Spinoff Musical Shorts
Fans of animated comedy Bob’s Burgers adore the show for a number of reasons—the weird family dynamics, the kids (especially adorable sociopath Louise and teen daughter Tina, with whom many viewers can probably relate), the punny burger names (“If Looks Could Kale” Burger) and the crossover Archer episode where a very self-aware H. Jon Benjamin played both characters.
One particularly lovely thing about the show is its roster of goofy original songs, which occasionally get cover treatment from Special Guest Stars—Cyndi Lauper appeared to reprise “Taffy Butt,” written for a Goonies parody episode, Megan Mullally performed the unsubtle “Oil Spill” as a Tori Amos-style singer and The National covered Linda Belcher’s Thanksgiving song in their typical broody style. Now, the animators of Bob’s Burgers are teaming up with some awesome musical guests to produce Bob’s Buskers, a web short series where special guest musicians like St. Vincent and Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields will cover the songs from the show.
The first episode stars an animated St. Vincent, covering a song from the Season Two episode “Bad Tina.” The track is written for the eldest Belcher daughter, Tina, when she becomes friends with a bad influence and expresses reluctance at her newfound badness—the song opens with the great couplet “Bad girls don’t wanna go to Dog Prom / bad girls don’t wanna pay for lip balm.” St. Vincent, predictably, tears it up, and things get even more awesome when Annie Clark discusses the butts Tina has seen at school and Tina subsequently joins in on the mop. Rock out.