Hi and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. Today it’s all about Nine Inch Nails!
Okay, you may ask why Nine Inch Nails? when they haven’t even been guest stars on the show? Well, I ama fan and they were referenced in the episode Homerpalooza, when Homer was at a record store and saw a Nine Inch Nails album and thought there was no such band. Well, actually, it isn’t really a band but a project which is really one guy, Trent Resnor. He calls all the shots on everything to do with the group, including the NIN logo and even plays all or most of the instruments on the albums. My favourite album is Pretty Hate Machine and The Downward Spiral is my second favourite. Of course he assembles a backing band to play with him on tour, which is ever changing and sometimes some of the other musicians will play on an album.
I also like Trent Resnor’s remixes too, especially his treatment on David Bowie’s song I’m Afraid Of Americans back in 1997. They actually toured together in 1995, as a part of David Bourie’s tour to promote his new album at the time, Outside. This album was nothing like what his mainstream fans would be into and more electronic and at times, sounding like Nine Inch Nails. Trent even remixed the first single The Hearts Filthy Lesson too.
Also, it is Trent Resnor’s 50th birthday today and he is still active with Nine Inch Nails and is now a Dad. If you have ever watched the movie The Social Network he does the musical score for it, as well as the score for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I’m not surprised at all because he has done musical soundtracks for video games such as: Quake and produced the movie soundtracks for movies such as: Natural Born Killers and The Lost Highway. Could he do something like that on The Simpsons? Probably not but it would be very interesting if he was asked to write a musical score for a dark episode.
In other news, I found out on Thursday that the voice of such characters as: Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Smithers, Dr. Hibbert, Seymour Skinner and other male characters on The Simpsons is leaving. Harry Shearer has announced that he is leaving the show, for the freedom to do other things. After all, he does have a radio show and he does other TV work, along with supporting his wife Judith Owen, who is a singer and songwriter. For those who don’t know, Harry is also a musician and he plays bass. If you would like to know more about him and all his work over the years, just look him up on Wikipedia and you will see that he has done a lot and continues to work hard. I would also like to thank Harry for all the years of laughter he has given us on The Simpsons and I certainly wish him well in his other present day work. If things work out that he is not leaving the show, well, all the better for everybody.
On another and sad note, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the passing of blues legend B.B. King, at the age of 89. As a guitar player myself, I like his playing style because I heard it through other players such as: Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and many… many others. I guess if I had to find a Simpsons connection it would be with the band U2, who guest starred on the Season 9 episode Trash Of The Tightens. He appeared on their 1988 album Rattle And Hum on the single When Love Comes To Town and that brought him to the attention of the 1980’s generation of music fans such as myself.
His music has also been sampled by many artists such as: Kid Rock, Primitive Radio Gods on their 1996 hit Standing Outside A Broken phone booth With Money In My Hand, which appeared on the soundtrack to the movie The Cable Guy, starring can Canadian actor and comedian Jim Carrey. In fact, the song that was sampled as the main chorus was How Blue Can You Get? with the words “I’ve Been downhearted baby… Ever since the day we met.” I think that was cool that he allowed this to get on a song by a new alternative band. It has been said that he was probably one of the nicest guys in the music business who played the blues and I believe it, even though I never met him. RIP B.B. King and thanks for all the great music for your loyal fans.
That’s about it for this week. 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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.