30
Sep
09

Spurlock Update: Music & Tired Notions

As part of his Simpsons special our old friend Morgan Spurlock has apparently been contacting different musical groups to perform the theme.  From metro.co.uk:

Oscar-nominated director Morgan Spurlock has recruited a cult UK jazz act to work on his new film – by recording the theme to The Simpsons.

Mercury Prize-nominated group Portico Quartet, currently touring village halls in Somerset, were asked to record the tune for Spurlock’s film, to mark the cartoon’s 20th anniversary.

The band, who made a living by busking after leaving college, are among a number of musicians to provide music for the film

Apparently we’re going to get a number of different versions of the theme song James L. Brooks supposedly once called the music lemmings jump off cliffs to.  I wonder if Spurlock’s been stalking YouTube for different renditions?  At any rate Portico Quartet (MySpace, Facebook) seems to have a nice sound:

It’ll be fun to hear their version.  By the way, according to the link those things that look like upside down woks and sound like steel drums are called “hangs”.

On a less encouraging note, there’s an interview with Spurlock up at nola.com (that’s New Orleans).   It’s mostly just background stuff and there isn’t anything new about the special in it, but there is this rather unfortunate passage at the end:

And don’t bother trying to convince Spurlock that “The Simpsons” has slipped much from its earlier glory-days hysterical heights – a criticism that those involved with the series have been hearing since approximately season III.

“The consistency of this show over 20 years is amazing,” Spurlock said. “People like to say, ‘Aw, it’s gone downhill.’ The worst ‘Simpsons’ episode is better than half the crap on television. That’s a fact.”

Balls.  He’s employing one of the most tired and worthless of all Zombie Simpsons defenses: it’s still better than most TV!  To which the only logical response is, so what?  Watching paint dry is better than half of what’s on television.  Oh well, hopefully the bearded guy from the Isotopes game gave him a good talking to.

Mercury Prize-nominated group Portico Quartet, currently touring village halls in Somerset, were asked to record the tune for Spurlock’s film, to mark the cartoon’s 20th anniversary.
The band, who made a living by busking after leaving college, are among a number of musicians to provide music for the film

1 Response to “Spurlock Update: Music & Tired Notions”


  1. 30 September 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Remember that bit at the end of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1978 version) when Donald Sutherland (our hero for the better part of the movie) turns around, points and makes an inhuman screech, and you realise the aliens have gotten to him too and he’s become a Pod Person? That’s what I was reminded of when I just read Spurlock toeing the Zombie Simpsons party line. He’s not one of us. He’s one of THEM.

    Apologies if I just spoiled the end of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” for anyone reading.


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