Simpsons Sunday – Discography

Hello readers and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. Well , another episode has come and gone and tonight a full hour of Simpsons goodness starts at 7:30 P.M. EDT. One of the episodes is entitled The Man Who Grew Too Much. Yes , we made the switch 1 hour ahead to Eastern Daylight time this morning at 2 , 00 AM. This episode will feature Kelsey Grammer returning to guest star as Bart’s Long time nemesis sideshow Bob. You never know what he will be up to , when he is out of jail .
This week I would like to give you my list of my personal favourite to least personal favourite albums , in The Simpsons discography. I should preface this by saying that these are my own opinions and I can only speak for myself.
I should explain that I don’t normally buy these types of CD’s because they are made up of tunes from the show or original music that doesn’t necessarily appear on the show. However, I am a fan and finally broke down and went out and bought them because I wanted to have the voices of the character’s on CD and now I do. Also because I discovered that certain songs from episodes I like appeared on: Songs In The Key Of Springfield and Go Simpsonic With The Simpsons. These are my 2 favourites because the songs that were chosen came from my favourite period of the show’s existence, from Season 2 to Season 9. This includes: the theme of Ichie And Scratchy, It Was A Very Good Beer, Springfield Springfield, You’re Gonna Like Me (The Gabbo Song), We Put The Spring In Springfield, Those Were The Days, Meet The Flintstones, The Monorail Song, Who Needs The Kwik-E-Mart and many other classic songs from the series.
There is also dialog throw’n in as well, by the voices of the character’s on the show, either as a single track or within a track. For example: we hear Homer reading a A recipe for honey roasted peanuts on the episode Boy Scouts ‘n The Hood. On the next track, we hear additional dialogue from the same episode, when Bart and Milhouse are in the Kwik-e-Mart to buy a sooper-squishy made entirely of syrup from Apu. This gives us the classic Bart quoats “Whoa that’s good Squishy” and “we’re young, ritch and full of sugar. What do we do?” Milhouse responds with his classic quot “let’s go crazy Broadway style”. Then they launch into the song Springfield Springfield. Then we find Bart awake the next morning not remembering what happened yesterday. Of course, we find out he has joined the Jr Campers and Lisa says “The few, the proud, the geeky.”
Another classic bit of dialog that is on one of the two disks is Homer’s commercial for Mr. Plow. There is also Barney’s Plow King song with Linda Ronstadt to make it complete, as they are both important seen’s in the episode Mr. Plow.
Unfortunately, both of these CD’s are discontinued and they aren’t even on iTunes yet. However, you can order them either on line or at a record store, when you are looking for them. That is what I did when I wanted to buy them a few months ago. The nice thing is that they are packaged together in a 2 disk set but there are no bonus tracks on them.
Next on my list is Simpsons Testify, which contains songs from Seasons 11 to Season 18. It was released just after The Simpsons Movie and it actually has bonus tracks on it.
One of the highlights for me is to hear Groundskeeper Willie in more of a civil sounding manner, as apposed to his usual temperamental Demeanor. This can be heard in the medley of tunes in the episode my fair Laddy. This is the episode in which Lisa makes a bet that she can turn Willie into a proper gentleman, as a project for the science fair. She does and she wins first place. But he misses how things were and at the end of the episode everything goes back to normal in Willie’s life.
What surprised me the most was to hear Dan Castellaneta change Willie’s dialect slightly, when he sings. It is much less a Scotish dialect and more of a posh British dialect. All though he still retains some of the Scotish accent when he speaks but his cadences are altered and softened. For example: when Willie speaks the following lines “If you ask me, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest season was much ado about nothing. ” This promts laughs from the gathering of people, who are assembled and a response from Mrs. Krabappel as follows: “HAH. I get that reference and you can get me any time you want, handsome.” Willie responds with “I would be delighted to dine with you, on the 12th.” Lisa then says “you’re a smash, GK.”
Another example is when the substitute jymn teacher comes to Willie and makes demands for food punctuating them with the word “bombardment.” We hear Willie saying “may I help you sir?” Once again, in a more calm tone but stil with some of an edge to it. It is about this time, when he goes into his song Longing For The Shack.
Take a listen to the songs and you will hear the difference, as the track which contains the medley of tunes from this episode plays. You can get this album and the next 3 in my list currently on CD. You can also get them on iTunes, as individual songs or as a whole album. In some cases, even as ringtones for the iPhone.
Another track I like is the commercial for Baby Stink Breath, which appears in the episode Barting Over. Bart and Lisa are looking through old VHS tapes and they find this add Homer made with Bart while he was a baby, for a baby mouthwash commercial. If you would like to find out what happens in the rest of the episode, look it up yourself.
One more track which is fun to listen to is when Bart gets his hair cut which turns out to look like Aunt Patty and Lisa teases him about it. This dialogue is taken from the episode Thank God It’s Doomsday.
I don’t find this CD as much fun as the previous two. Partly because it is from a period of the show that I missed. However, we get to hear more of the character’s that we didn’t hear on: Songs In The Key Of Springfield and Go Simpsonic With The Simpsons, such as Edna Krabappel and Groundskeeper Willie.
Next is the first Simpsons CD of all, The Simpsons Sing The Blues. This is made up entirely of original songs except for covers of: Born Under A Bad Sign sung by Homer, School Days sung by Bart, I Love To See You Smile sung by Homer and Marge and God Bless The Child sung by Lisa. This showcases how good a singer Yeardley Smith is and we also get to hear a couple of songs wrapped by Bart: Do The Bartman and Deep Deep Trouble. Those two tracks happen to be singles taken from this CD and in the case of Do The Bartman, Michael Jackson produced the song, because he was a big fan of Bart. Nancy Cartwright talks about her meeting Michael in her book My Life As A 10-year-old Boy. You can find the book in text and audio form on iTunes if you are interested.
Another highlight of this CD for me is the track Sibling Rivalry, sung by Lisa and Bart. Nancy Cartwright says she doesn’t consider herself a great singer but as far as I’m concerned, she can cary a tune on her own and along with Yeardley. Actually, they both sound great together. I’m surprised that neither of them ventured into a music career alongside their acting careers. I would’ve bought their CD. The reallity is that not many other people would hav ran out and bought it like me, except for diehard Simpson’s fans who want everything they can get their hands on.
Finally, we get to The Yellow Album, which came out 8 years after Simpsons Sing The Blues but was recorded around 1993. This is more or less a standard album, with no dialog and all songs, like Simpsons Sing The Blues. This time, there are more guests who have singing parts on certain songs. For example: Anne and Nancy Wilson of Heart sing on the track Sisters Are Doin It For Themselves with Lisa and Homer and Linda Ronstadt sing a duet on the track Funny How Time Slips Away.
The two songs I listen to off this disk are Love and The 10 Commandments Of Bart, both sung by Bart.
There is another version of the Camp Krusty Theme sung by Krusty The Clown and all the kids including Otto Man. I don’t like it as much as the version that we hear on Go Simpsonic With The Simpsons and the episode Camp Krusty. The main problem I have with it is that it sounds like it was recorded too slow, in that most of the voices sound a vocal half step too high. This is quite obvious when Krusty The Clown speaks but it makes sense when the children’s choir sings the theme.
This thankfully isn’t the case with all the tracks but it is with some of them, such as the Camp Krusty Theme. The original was recorded in the key of c natural and the version is heard in the key of d flat. This is a half step up pitch wise and it doesn’t sound right to my ears.
There is one more Simpsons related album worth mentioning which includes the music from The Simpsons Movie. It is called The Simpsons Movie: The Music and it is musically scored by Hans Zimmer, who is a friend of James L Brooks and is also one of his regular collaborators on projects he is involved in. That’s all I can really say about it, if you know the plot of the movie you will get the titles of the tracks, such as: Trapped Like Carrots and Barts Doodle. Otherwise, not much to say about it.
I wonder when the next CD or digital download of Simpsons related music will come out. Will there be a boxed set of all the CD’s so far this year? After all it is the 25th anniversary of the show in December.
Anyway, enjoy tonights Simpsons episode and hopefully Sideshow Bob doesn’t do anything murderous to anyone in the Simpsons family.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s