Queen And Spinal Tap On The Simpsons

Hi there and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. This week I’m going to do a repeat of a post I wrote last year, of sorts. My trigger finger accidentally deleted it and I am going to put it here and hopefully I don’t do that again.

Last Monday was the 23rd anniversary of the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, which was held at Wembley Stadium on April 20, 1992. The concert was one of the biggest of it’s type, besides Live Aid and it was a real who’s who of the music industry performing and in the audience.

The bands that played were: Metallica, Extreme, Def Leppard, U2 via satellite feed, Spinal Tap, Guns N’ Roses and of course, the 3 surviving members of Queen and many guest singers and backing musicians.

In case you didn’t know, there is a Simpsons connection to the concert in that, Harry Shearer is one of the main cast members and is also Derek Smalls in Spinal Tap too. The band also guest starred on the Season 3 episode The Otto Show, which I guess in part, was to help promote the current album by Spinal Tap Break Like The Wind.

Queen’s music has also been referenced and has appeared in The Simpsons too. During the Season 2 episode The War Of The Simpsons, Homer sings a slightly altered version of We Are The Champions (I Am The Champion) just before Marge finds him in the fishing boat on Catfish Lake. We Will Rock You has been sung by various characters during Sports scenes.

Also, if you know the movie Flash Gordon, the actor who portrayed Ming has guest starred in the Season 25 episode The War Of Art. Max von Sydo portrayed both Ming The Merciless in the 1980 movie and the subsequent soundtrack to Flash Gordon and voiced art forger Klaus Ziegler in the episode. If you listen you can hear a little bit of Ming in there but the voice has obviously differed with age and the accent is different too. Ming speaks with a British shakespearean actor type of voice. While Clouse has a sort of German/French type accent and a much gentler demeanor to him.

Anyway, I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I think Queen are one of the greatest hard rock bands of all time and I can point out many, many times I can hear musical references to their sound in many heavy metal bands. I have too many here to list so, I will leave that for another entry.
On the birthday front, Tito Puente would have celebrated a birthday on April 20th. He guest starred as himself in Who Shot Mr. Burns and played a songh in the second part Señor Burns. It appears on the CD’s Songs In The Key Of Springfield and Go Simpsonic With The Simpsons. Unfortunately they are both long deleted and I don’t see any Digital release of either of the two albums in the near future. Although, I am still hopeful. At least we can find it on iTunes, as a part of a 20th anniversary collection released in 2009. This collection has one episode from each season, which had won an award for it or maybe it just stood out enough to go on it. Anyway, we can hear the song and the rest of the second part of Who Shot Mr. Burns? on our iOS devices, if we choose to purchase this episode.

Also happy birthday to main cast member Hank Azaria, who turned another year older yesterday. He of course, voices many characters on the show with his main ones being: Apu, Chief Wiggum, Gary Chalmers, Comic Book Guy, Moe and many many others. He has also acted in movies such as: The Birdcage, Godzilla and also voices Gargamel in the Smurfs movie franchise, among other rolls in movies and on television.

Well, that’s about it for this Sundays post. In the mean time, I recommend checking out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
I also recommend checking out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
I should also mention Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
For some strange reason everyone I know hasn’t heard of them yet. Hopefully I can change that.
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
It is new so, give it time to grow.You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. I would much prefer getting an email so I can reply directly to you, but that’s just me.
One final thing to mention is that you can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again on Weather Wednesday.

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