The Five: Great Simpsons musical moments
The Simpsons receives plenty of well-deserved praise, but I think people take for granted the great music in the series, all composed by the great Alf Clausen. Clausen worked on several other TV series as well, including, funny enough, ALF. His contribution adds a great dimension to the show, so I thought it would be cool to use this episode of The Five to talk about our favorite musical moments from The Simpsons. Here's a few I like:
Jasper sings the theme from A Summer Place: This is possibly my favorite Simpsons moment of all time, or a least in my top five. During the episode when Homer is telling his family how he was once in a popular barber shop quartet, there's a scene where they're auditioning new singers. Jasper chooses to sing the theme from A Summer Place, which doesn't actually have words, so he just keeps singing the words, "theeeeeme, from a suuummer plaaaaaace...." It cracks me up every time, but unfortunately I think that segment is cut out when the episode airs in syndication.
The Jockey Song: Well, whatever it's called. It's the tune the magic jockeys sing to Homer after they kidnap him and tell him Bart and his new horse must lose the next race. "We are the jockeys, jockeys are we. We live underground in a fiberglass tree." This segment helped confirm a lot of suspicions I had about horse racing.
Maison Derriere: In the episode "Bart After Dark" Homer "forces" Bart to work at a burlesque house after he breaks a window. When Marge finds out about the place she tries to have it shut down, but thanks to an impromptu song by Homer touting the benefits of having a burlesque house in the neighborhood, the ever-malleable townsfolk accept it for what it is. Then Marge crashes a bulldozer into it.
Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want to Get Off: Troy McClure, played by the late Phil Hartman, puts everything he has into a hilarious musical version of Planet of the Apes. The song contains one of the best lines I've ever heard on The Simpsons or elsewhere: "I hate every ape I see, from chimpan-A to chimpan-Z."
Homer's ad libs: There are numerous occasions in which Homer is singing along to a popular song and forgets the words, resulting in some hilarious ad libbing. This results in such great lines as:
I take a whiskey drink,
I take a chocolate drink,
And when I have to pee,
I use the kitchen sink.
I sing the song that reminds me I'm a urinating guy
I actually prefer those over the original lyrics.
Okay, time to share some of your own and tell me which ones you can't believe I left out.