Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Simpsons Gift Of Life

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. Okay, another death in the music industry to talk about and this one will be known to fans of 1980s heavy metal and in particular, fans of Ronnie James Dio. Former basest Jimmy Bain died earlier this week at the age of 67 and his best known song in North America is Rainbow In The Dark, from Dio’s first album Holy Diver back in 1983. He also participated and helped with putting together Hear ‘n Aid, which was heavy metal’s response to Do They Know Its Christmas and We Are The World. The song was called Stars and featured musicians from many of the bans around at that time. Even future Simpsons guest star Rob Halford was one of the main vocalists on the track. RIP Jimmy and I hope that you and Ronnie are jamming together where ever you are.

This weeks post is about the gift of life on The Simpsons. We have witnessed the births of all 3 Simpsons children on the episodes: I Married Marge with the birth of Bart, Lisa’s First Word with the birth of Lisa and And Maggie Makes Three with the birth of Maggie. They all have great stories to go along with them, including the marriage of Homer and Marge, Bart going through the terrible two’s and Homer quitting his job at the Nuclear Plant and working at Barney’s Bowl-A-Rama until he learns that Marge is pregnant with Maggie. Then he returns to the Nuclear Plant, where he is given a large plaque which says “don’t forget: you’re here forever” by Mr. Burns and Smithers, for his desertion earlier in the episode And Maggie Makes Three. This plaque was placed in front of Homer’s desk, in order to break what was left of Homer’s spirit and he keeps baby pictures of Maggie there to cover up part of the message saying “do it for her”.

The show has also had some other births of not only people but of other animals. Santa’s Little Helper and his mate gave birth to a litter of puppies in the episode Two Dozen And One Greyhounds, Bart killed a Mother bird who would have given birth to lizards that would have eaten her too in the episode Bart The Mother. Even Homer helped a woman give birth to a baby boy in an elevator in the episode Labor Pains named Homer Jr. Let’s not forget to remember Troy McClure’s short film “Fuzzy Bunny’s Guide To You Know What”, when Bart’s fourth grade class saw Fuzzy Bunny and his mate Fluffy Bunny give birth to 14 beautiful bunny’s and 8 survived. This was in the episode Bart’s Friend Falls In Love and Milhouse had a brief relationship with Samantha Stanky, until Bart told her strict father about the two of them kissing in his treehouse.

Those are some examples of births on The Simpsons, whether they are in flashbacks, sex educational films or one time characters. I may have actually covered them all I’m sure but I haven’t really mentioned all the names involved. Speaking of birth days, Chris Ladesma turned another year older on Thursday. If you don’t know who I’m talking about you may have noticed the link to his blog at the end of each post. He is the Music Editor on The Simpsons from day 1 and he has great stories to tell. I’ve read a few of them and well, as a music fan and a musician I find them very interesting.

Well that’s about it for this weeks post. Check 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/
Also, check out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
Don’t forget about 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
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
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. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you can comment directly to me that way too.
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 next Sunday

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Let’s Talk About Death

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. Okay, we have another death in the entertainment industry to talk about and that is Glenn Frey of the band The Eagles. He was 67 years old and sang the lead on such songs as: New Kid In Town, Take It Easy, Already Gone, Heartache Tonight, among others. He also had some success as a solo artist with hits like: Smugglers Blues, The Heat Is On, You Belong To The City and True Love in the 1980s on movie soundtracks and on his solo albums.

I’m glad the Eagles reunited when they did for the fans in 1994 and even released new music since then too. The other thing that was good is that nothing really was tarnished from what we remember them for because everyone was in great health and sounded great on their instruments. Sadly, Glenn is gone now and I was shocked to hear that he died because he has always had a great healthy body, with the exception of some stomach problems in 1994. He was one of the driving forces of the band, along with Don Henley and will be missed.

Speaking of death, this weeks post talks about such deaths which have occurred in The Simpsons timeline. I have a few that are of significans to characters in the sho Which I will acknowledge here.

The first one is Bleeding Gums Murphy, who appeared in the episodes: Moaning Lisa, Dancin’ Homer and ‘Round Springfield. This last one was when he met his unfortunate demise in the hospital, after he loaned Lisa his saxophone so she could play it with her school band; most of whom were getting their appendix taken out, after Bart had his taken out. This death obviously hit Lisa pretty hard and I don’t blame her for wanting everyone in Springfield to know all about Bleeding Gums, especially after Reverend Lovejoy screwed up his name And ocupation, while conducting the funeral service for him. It would have been nice if the joke was actually revealed that Dr. Hibburt and Bleeding Gums were actually long lost half brothers before his death. But how would this have shaped the rest of the show from there on in?

The second death may not have been as important to Homer as it is to his son. Frank Grimes appeared in the episode Homer’s Enemy and had been driven crazy by the incompetence of Homer and how he had everything he wanted despite his short comings. This is while Frank had to work for everything he had and after trying to make a fool of Homer by entering him in a contest for children, Homer wins. Frank runs a muck throughout the plant and comes across a sign saying “very high voltage” and decides to touch the wires anyway and dies as a result. What if Homer and Frank actually liked each other? Would it have been as funny? What if Frank Grimes Jr. Hadn’t tried to kill Homer in a later episode and just fixed his car, while introducing himself. Homer seems to have no recollection of Frank Grimes when he is mentioned so, I’m not sure how I would approach it if I was to write a fan fiction story about Frank Grimes Jr in Homer’s life. However, I have been thinking about it ever since watching the episode Homer’s Enemy.

The third death which is important to not only Ned Flanders but to the show itself is Maude Flanders. She was killed after a volley of t-shirts hit her, as she was going to get hot dogs for Ned and the kids. Homer even felt remorse for what happened and tried to help Ned anyway he could, in his own idiotic way. He made a video revealing dangerously personal information about Ned and somehow, Ned had some dates but nothing ever really panned out. Until he met a Christian Rock singer who was playing a song at the church service that week, after Ned almost didn’t go. He found love later of course, when he met and married Edna Krabappel and now she’s gone too. Will Ned remarry again?

There are other deaths I could have mentioned here but these are the 3 most important ones which have happened within the timeline of The Simpsons. I made sure not to include any deaths from the Treehouse Of Horror series because they are not within the timeline and they only happen for that short within the episode. For example: Groundskeeper Willie was killed 3 times during Treehouse Of Horror V and Homer and Bart have died a few times within varius Treehouse episodes too.

Well that’s about it for this weeks post. Check 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/
Also, check out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
Don’t forget about 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
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
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. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you can comment directly to me that way too.
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 next Sunday

Teenage Mutant Milk Causing Hurdles

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. Well I hate to begin this weeks post on a downer but I just can’t not talk about the passing of David Bowie. He was born David Robert Jones on January 8th 1947 and he died on Sunday night at the age of 69. He was a rock icon and he continually reinvented himself over his long career, both musically and visually. For example: he was both the thin white duke and Ziggy Stardust musically and visually, among other guises. He also branched out into electronic music and this includes a track with Trent Resnor from Nine Inch Nails called I’m Afraid Of Americans. He even worked with Bing Crosby on their cover of Little Drummer Boy and Peace On Earth, from one of dear Bingo’s last tellivision specials. He even recorded a novelty song called The Laughing Gnome, which was of great detriment to his career at the time of its release and became an embarrassment later on, when it charted after he became popular in the 70s. If you would like to hear it, it’s available on iTunes on his first album and on The Deram Anthology. I also recommend The Alan Cross Guide To Alternative Rock and you can also find it on iTunes or the David Bowie chapter as a standalone audiobook. You can also read up on him using Wikipedia too as well and there are probably other books about him out there too.

As for The Simpsons, his music has been used and he had been referenced a number of times. On the episode Homer The Whopper, Homer trained to the song Hero’s. In the episode The Musk who Fell To Earth the track Starman plays at the end of the episode. There are more but I’ll leave that to you to look up elsewhere on the internet.

I can’t think of anyone who has influenced more people besides The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Metallica. David Bowie has been a major influence on many genres of contemporary music from glam rock to alternative sub-genres like punk, goth, industrial, post-punk and every alternative sub-genre from the 1970s onward. You can drop the name of any band who has been labeled alternative rock and you can be sure that David Bowie has had some sort of influence on them. In fact, we wouldn’t have if there were no David Bowie there would be no Madonna or Lady GaGa. You could say the same for all alternative rock bands you can think of and let us not forget his work as an actor. Remember The Man Who Fell To Earth? Elephant Man and other movies he has had a roll in. He even played with Queen on the 1981 single Under Pressure and has played it during some of his own tours. This guy has done a lot and hopefully his buddy Iggy Pop will be around for a few more years. Yes, David played on the signature Iggy song Lust For Life and in his backing band. He even produced some of his albums including Blah Blah Blah, with the single Real Wild Child. I’m sure that where ever he is, he is entertaining everyone and having a great time, wheather he is waring a dress or whatever.

Another unfortunate death in the entertainment Industry this week is Alan Rickman, who is best known for his role in the Harry Potter movies. I wasn’t much into Harry Potter myself but the death is nonetheless significant. RIP To both David Bowie and Alan Rickman.

This weeks post is all about the most recent episode Teenage Mutant Milk Caused-Herdles and its plot. First of all, Miss Carol Bererra is Bart’s classes new teacher who is voiced by Sofía Vergara. I had actually never heard of her, until this episode was announced last summer! She is a retired Air Force Sargent and Bart thinks she is cute. He tries to be himself but he acts different toward her than he does to any other staff member of the school. She insists on helping him with learning, by tootering him on Tuesday afternoons after class and he agrees.

Meanwhile, Homer gets some milk at the Kwik-E-Mart, which Apu cells him after showing him a video. The milk turns out to have hormones in it which makes Bart and Lisa experience early puberty, with Bart growing a mustash and Lisa having “problem skin”, which Marge decides to help her cover up with makeup.

At School, Bart finds out that Principal Skinner also has a crush on Miss Bererra and Bart wants to ruin it by putting a firecracker up his but. However, she meets Seymour’s Mother and she dumps him. Oh, and Homer gets a refund on the milk after him and Marge discover that it was the reason for the changes in Bart and Lisa.

I hope that Miss Bererra doesn’t become another one time character in the long list of them. I think that Bart should have at least one person in athority whom Bart can look up to and have some sort of non combative relationship with. The fact that she is more forgiving than Mrs. Krabappel was and is a good thing. If she stays she can drive the point home that Bart isn’t just about being a mischievous prankster and can have a soft spot for someone in athority. We will see if she continues to play a significant roll in Bart’s life from here on in.

One more thing about the episode I liked was that Bart was actually nice to Seymour at the end, after he was dumped. It once again shows that Bart does have some degree of respect for him, despite terrorizing him and other staff any chance he gets. However I don’t think they will become friends as such again, like they were in the Season 5 episode Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song, unless he is permanently fired and I don’t see that happening again any time soon. If it did the rivalry between the two would be over and it would change the whole reason for Bart behaving like he does at the school.

Well that’s about it for this weeks post. Check 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/
Also, check out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
Don’t forget about 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
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
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. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you can comment directly to me that way too.
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 next Sunday

A Tale Of Two Area Codes

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. Did you watch this weeks episode? I thought The Girl Code was interesting in that Lisa helps to create an app that predicts the consequences of posts on social media. I wonder how the writers came up with Conrad as the name for the app. Hmm, interesting and it would be cool if such an app exists in real life. It would save a lot of us from posting stupid or damaging stuff on either Twitter and or Facebook or other outlets.

I can’t wait for tonights episode Teenage Mutant Milk Caused-Hurdles and it will be the debut of Bart’s new Teacher Mrs. Bererra, voiced by Sofía Vergara and I hope she turns out to be a permanent replacement for Edna Krabappel. If she is as forgiving towards Bart as she is said to be, cool and it would be funny if both Bart and Skinner were after her affections. It would also keep the rivalry going between the two but it could also bring them close together as well. Anything is possible now and we will have to just wait and see what happens.

This weeks post is somewhat based on the plot of the Season 12 episode A Tale Of Two Springfields. The main plot revolves around another area code being added because the phone company ran out of numbers.

This got me to thinking about my own experience here in Toronto, when back in 2000 another area code was added. Our old area code was 416 and the newer one is 647 and we all had to dial 3 extra numbers (the area code), along with the usual 7 digits. I didn’t have much of a problem with it unlike Homer, when he tried to call Animal Control after a badger ended up in Santas Little Helper’s doghouse. Then things went crazy from there, with Homer affectively breaking up Springfield in two, with the rich people under the “classic 636” area code and the rest is under the new one (939). This creates a divide which makes the Simpson family a target for much belittling by the old Springfield, while Homer becomes Mayor of what is now New Springfield. Then The Who is supposed to play in Old Springfield and Homer convinces them to play in New Springfield, with an audience consisting of The Simpsons.

Well, nothing like that happened here, thankfully and I have had numbers under both area codes in my adult life, when I moved back to Toronto years ago. I don’t really mind having to dial those 3 extra numbers and it’s pretty-much second nature to me now. As for The Who, I think they may have played in Toronto during the early 2000’s before basest John Entwistle passed away in 2002. I found it interesting that Paul Townsend, Pete Townsend’s brother voiced him in the episode. It would’ve been cool to hear Pete Townsend himself voicing an animated version of himself in the episode but that was cool. I’m just glad that both surviving members are actually close friends now and not just band mates. I should also say that singer Roger Daltrey has never sounded better and for my Queen fans, I Want It All was the perfect song for him to sing with Queen on April 20th 1992. I wish I could write songs like Pete Townsend! Oh well!

On a final note about this episode, I wonder what would have become of New Springfield if it had been another permanent change. In this case it wouldn’t be a character change, but a geographical one. Also, if it was to happen, who could be the Mayor? Not Homer! He would continue to screw things up. I’m glad the change was only made for the episode.

On the birthday front, happy birthday to Al Jean, who is the current Exec Producer and Show Runner for The Simpsons. He has one of the coolest and also stressful jobs, as a writer and the guy saying “PLACES PLEASE” and well, you get the idea. I think of him as my biggest fan from The Simpsons staff, among those who I follow and follow me on Twitter. He has helped me with this blog and I am very grateful to him for everything he has done for both me and you, who are reading this. Sadly, I haven’t had a chance to catch any episodes of The Critic. I liked the episode A Star Is Burns from Season 6, whitch is a cross over episode with The Critic. It shows us other sides of certain characters such as Barney and his film, with his classic line “Don’t cry for me… I’m already dead.” I’ll look for some episodes of The Critic on iTunes and hopefully there are some.

Well that’s about it for this weeks post. Check 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/
Also, check out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
Don’t forget about 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
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
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. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you can comment directly to me that way too.
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 next Sunday

My Top 3 Episodes From 2015

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. Well, happy 2016 to all of you who are reading this blog for the first time, or as an old vet. I would like to also acknowledge a couple of deaths that my not be important to The Simpsons, but they are significant to the entertainment industry. First, Lemmy, born Ian Fraser Kilmister, whom we know as the constent member and singer song writer of The heavy metal band Motörhead and a member of a band called Hawkwind before forming Motörhead. He was 70 years-old and has worked with a lot of people. He actually wrote one of Ozzy Ozbourne’s most famous songs from the past 25 years, Mama I’m Coming Home from his No More Tears album back in 1991. They also played together with Slash on the Motörhead song I Aint No Nice Guy, which got some play on the radio. Of course, his best known song with Motörhead is the very fast Ace Of Spades, from the album of the same name. Hopefully Lemmy is pouring Jack Daniels for not just himself but everyone else at the bar up in rock ‘n’ roll heaven.

Another death that surprised me was singer Natalie Cole, daughter of Nat King Cole. I remember her pop and soft rock hits, as well as her duet with her father on the track Unforgettable. I heard that she was a nice lady, despite what she had gone through in her life. Both her and Lemmy are surely missed by me because I like them both.

This weeks post is a simple one, in that I will count down my top 3 episodes of 2015. They stand out for me because of call backs to older episodes and such.

Walking Big And Tall is on the list because it has Bart and Lisa teaming up to write an anthem for Springfield. I also like that the kids help out and nobody is bullying anyone during the song.

The Man Who Came To Be Dinner stands out because of how strange the episode is. Yes, Homer gets almost eaten but how many amusement parks can you name, with actual Rocketships as rides? The only one closest to that I can think of is the Ontario Science Center in Toronto, which has a simulated lunar landing module.

Bart’s New Friend is just great because of Homer being hypnotized to have the mind of a 10-year-old. Yes, it was an old script written by Jud Apatow but it was worth the wait for it and my favorite episode from 2015.

What will 2016 bring? Well, Bart will hopefully get a new teacher who will appear more than once. Waylan Smithers will come out to Mr. Burns this year and Homer will vote this year.

Well that’s about it for this Simpsons Sunday 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/
Also, check out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
Don’t forget about 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
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
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. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you can comment directly to me that way too.
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.