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.
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Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again next Sunday