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“But nobody rocks like . . . Springfield!” – Derek Smalls
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“You got Poison to play at our wedding?” – Becky
“We’re Cyanide, a loving tribute to Poison.” – Cyanide Singer
“We need a ride home!” – Cyanide Drummer
This week we might have a link of the month instead of a link of the week. From Australia comes a list of bands with names from the show from all over the globe. I’ve linked maybe three or four of them on here, and I had no idea just how many there really were. It needs to be seen to be believed, and it’s hard to conceive of another show offering up this many possibilities. Just astounding. In addition to that, we’ve got more bootleg Bart stuff, some speculation on the demise of the DVDs, several pieces of fan art, love for Lisa, new merchandise, and more.
This Is What A Festival Filled With Bands Named After ‘The Simpsons’ Would Look & Sound Like – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is this list of real bands with Simpsons names. They band play good.
The 13 Best Bootleg Barts – An excellent selection of new bootleg Bart images from that show in LA last week.
Bart Vs Video Game Trivia: How Well Do You Know Simpsons Games? – There’s even a quiz.
The Simpsons DVD news: Are the sales really that bad? No, they aren’t – The show was selling relatively well, but wasn’t doing gangbusters anymore if this is true:
Yes, those numbers are approximately half of the sales of season 16, but the numbers are still excellent given the market today. I think there’s more to this story than “sales numbers are poor.” Maybe their sales expectations are too high and they would rather make no money off DVD sales than less money.
What the article doesn’t mention is that FOX might not want to keep doing DVDs if they’re also selling the show through streaming and FXX. I don’t know the full thinking (and this is FOX we’re talking about, thinking might not have been involved at all), but I don’t think it’s entirely coincidental that they canned the DVDs after they finally got their streaming product off the ground. Thanks to @mstcambot on Twitter.
Eye On Springfield with Shayne Mathis – Fantastic:
My first exposure to vegetarianism was from the episode Lisa The Vegetarian. Has the show ever exposed you to an idea that impacted your life? (Lisa become veg, Barney quitting drinking, etc.)
I wish I had a good story for this question but the extent of The Simpsons’ effect on my life was that I prank called my local grocery store a few times and got them to page Amanda Hugnkiss, I.P. Freely, etc over the PA system.
Eye On Springfield with Chuck BB – My local station had Saturday episodes, except when they had baseball. Stupid baseball:
The show was in its prime when I was in middle school, I think just entering into syndication – So I would catch The Simpsons airing every night at that point, memorizing jokes and lines and talking to the other kids about the replayed episode the next day. Every God Damn Day…except Saturday. Stupid Saturday.
The Last Word … Homer’s odyssey – I don’t know enough about British politics to fully understand this, but comparing Labour’s leadership election to “Lisa the Vegetarian” is pretty brilliant all by itself. Thanks to reader David S. for sending this in!
‘The Simpsons’ predicted President Trump way back in 2000 – It’s always fun to watch things percolate up from the bottom of the internet to the top. As soon as Trump declared, Simpsons geeks mentioned it, then it faded, then someone puts it on Reddit and it rises again, then it fades one more time, and then it makes it to the Washington Post.
The Singing Dorkette – I’m not saying I would trade in my family or anything, but that’s pretty awesome:
If there is one cartoon character that I have related to throughout my childhood, adolescence and feeble attempt at the starting blocks of adulthood, it is Lisa Simpson. Lisa relied heavily on self validation via grades and school success, had her social anxieties, often seemed to feel everything acutely with her sensitive soul, and had strong principles that meant she was faced with many ethical dilemmas. I feel that our outlooks on life are similar.
Plus, when I told my family that I was to stop eating meat, they, too, started a conga line around the kitchen and chanted in sing-song voices, “you don’t win friends with salad”.
Best of luck with the new blog!
Cowabunga – Some Bartkira panels.
Sketch-a-day 7.28 – An agreeably distressed looking Homer drawing.
Superhero – Fallout Milhouse to the rescue!
9 Songs You Didn’t Know Carole King Wrote – Apparently including Lisa’s Jazzman.
Beaming For Bunnies: Stuff I got in the mail – Our old friend Galileo both sends and receives Simpsons swag.
I am milhouse.
Perpetually waiting for my Lisa.
My mom thinks I’m cool.
clearly marge had an affair – Heh.
What is it: The Simpsons ‘King-Size Homer
Watch it for: The muumuu, the ass pay-off at the end.
10 Most Emotionally Packed Comedy Episodes – “Mother Simpson” makes the list along with, naturally, the dead dog episode of Futurama.
Character Options launches new The Simpsons toy collection – A breathing person actually said this:
With such a huge global reach we are confident that this will be a highly successful new offering within the Character portfolio.
More “collectibles”, on the way.
I Never Caught That: The Simpsons Eddie and Lou in background out of uniform – Nice catch. Though, Wiggum did let all the criminals out for that game.
Hazel Likes: Sprinkle D’oh-Nuts Dress – More high fashion Simpsons clothing, this time a pretty pink dress.
1998 20th Century Homer Simpson Alarm Clock – Here’s a blast from the Krusty Brand Seal of Approval past, an alarm clock where Homer’s eyes aren’t even pointed in the same direction.
GIANT Homer Simpson Santa Claus 8′ Airblown Inflatable Gemmy Light Up – It’s less than five months until Christmas. Start now.
Body Shapes, a Handy Guide – Heh. Speaking personally, I’ve always been attracted to Bart women.
“I guess we could go to Martin’s party.” – Bart Simpson
“I don’t know. If we’re seen there it’ll definitely take our social standing down a notch.” – Milhouse van Houten
“We’re at what now, three?” – Bart Simpson
“Three and a half. We get beaten up, but we get an explanation.” – Milhouse van Houten
“Hey, kids? Always recycle . . . to the extreme!” – Poochie
Johnny Sugar, who once wrote a guest post for us titled “Where Al Jean Went Wrong”, has made it to what passes for the big time if you’re a blogger, Uproxx. There, he’s been the driving force behind their expanded number of Simpsons posts (you know, the ones that keep showing up in Reading Digest). On Sunday, he put up another one:
It’s a rundown of things which will be sadly familiar. In order, they are:
He’s More Of A Jerk
Zany Homer Is Now The Norm
There Are Way Fewer Consequences for His Actions Now
He’s Good At Everything Now
Shortly after the article was published, Al Jean took to Twitter to belittle it:
“Article how Homer is “now” w eps from seasons 9,11.12.15. All 10+ years old. Is Homer the researcher?”
Jean is, of course, correct. All of the examples are from episodes that are now themselves more than a decade old. But his implication, that these traits are not present in more “now” episodes, is demonstrably incorrect. Here are examples of each from just the last three seasons:
He’s More of a Jerk:
Season 24 – “Moonshine River” – The family goes back to New York City (Bart is investigating his many, many past loves). Homer doesn’t do well in the “not being a jerk” department:
Season 25 – “Yellow Subterfuge” – Homer helps Bart get revenge on Skinner by pretending to murder Skinner’s mother:
Season 24 – “A Test Before Trying” – Homer scams the entire town with a broken parking meter:
Zany Homer Is Now the Norm:
Season 25 – “The Winter of His Content” – Homer becomes a zany old person:
Season 26 – “Bart’s New Friend” – Having done him as an old person, they went the other way and had Homer spend an entire episode thinking he’s 10-years-old. Here he is playing tag with children on the school playground:
Season 25 – “Steal This Episode” – Homer opens a bootleg movie theater, gets arrested, breaks out of prison, hides in an embassy, then goes on trial, all in one episode:
This is the lame Fugitive scene, and, yes, they did it a million times better back in Season 7.
Season 24 – “The Day the Earth Stood Cool” – Homer changes his whole life around and becomes a hipster, so it’s zany, but in an ironically un-ironic way:
There Are Way Fewer Consequences for His Actions Now:
Season 24 – “Homer Goes to Prep School” – Homer gets obsessed with the apocalypse, becomes a doomsday prepper, then releases an “EMP” that wipes out the town, whereupon the Simpsons flee, only to return and find out that everything is fine:
In this scene, Marge and the kids think Springfield has just been destroyed. Of course, it wasn’t.
Season 26 – “Waiting for Duffman” – Homer becomes Duffman, feels bad about being a corporate shill, then everything goes back to normal. The picture speaks for itself:
Season 26 – “The Wreck of the Relationship” – Homer and Bart go on a father son cruise where Homer repeatedly falls overboard to no noticeable effect:
He’s Good At Everything Now:
Season 26 – “Covercraft” – Homer picks up guitar, gets immediately good, and ends up replacing a real band on stage in a stadium:
That’s Homer with Apu, Reverend Lovejoy, Dr. Hibbert, and Kirk van Houten. The crowd loves them.
Season 26 – “The Musk Who Fell to Earth” – Homer goes into successful business with Elon fucking Musk of all people. They basically destroy society, but it all gets wrapped up before the credits:
Season 25 – “Labor Pains” – Homer delivers a baby in an elevator and becomes a great father to the kid:
Season 25 – “You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee” – Homer becomes a frickin’ World Cup referee:
Season 24 – “Pulpit Fiction” – Homer becomes a hugely popular deacon at the church:
They are still capable of a good sign gag on occasions. Don’t say I never write anything nice.
I could cite a lot more examples, or keep going through Seasons 23, 22, etcetera, but the record is pretty clear. And lots of these episodes could easily fit into more than one category. When Homer delivers that woman’s baby and starts being a super parent to the kid, he neglects his own family and almost gets Maggie eaten by zoo animals (seriously), that’d certainly qualify him as a jerk in addition to being instantly good at something he’s always been terrible at. Or when he goes into business with Elon Musk, they wreck society, but there’s no real consequences or fallout and everything gets wrapped up quickly.
The problems that Homer developed as the show slid into senility and Zombie Simpsons haven’t gone away. They haven’t even changed much. Any way you slice it, old examples or new, Homer’s been a successful, zany, consequence free jackass for fifteen years running. And if FOX decides to exercise that option of theirs and take the show through Season 30-31, he’s going to keep being the same jerkass he’s been since Season 10 or so.
“I’m having some side effects from the dope.” – Bart Simpson
“It’s not dope! It’s something to help you concentrate.” – Marge Simpson
“All I know is my testicles won’t fit in my underwear.” – Bart Simpson
“Bart, get those oranges out of there.” – Marge Simpson