Monthly Archives: March 2016

Otto Man… Dude

Hi folks. Happy Easter and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday post. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the passing of former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. All I can say is that he was certainly a character and will be missed by many people, I’m sure.

This weeks post is about Otto Man. I like the character and we both share the same taste in Music. Plus, he drives the school bus which Bart and Lisa go on most days during the series to and from school.

One thing I miss is Otto being a friend to Bart. In more recent seasons Bart has actually done stuff to get Otto mad or in trouble. For example: when Metallica were in Springfield and Otto offered them a ride, Bart took off with the bus and after Otto found Bart and gave him a spanking, which got him suspended for the second time in the series.

It’s actually hard to figure out when the transition from Otto the cool dude, to Otto the screw you dude happened. But, I love the earlier seasons when Bart came to Otto for help with his problems and Bart helped him out too. This got me to thinking that the Simpson family could chip in one day, to get Otto an iPod, with all his favourite songs on it. I would also include bands like Slayer, Lamb Of God and Slipknot too. But that’s just my way of thinking about it. I’m sure the writers have their own idea’s on what to do with Otto in the future.

On the birthday front, classic Simpsons writer George Meyer turns another year older today. Also, happy birthday tomorrow to Simpsons Musical Director Alf Clausen.

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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Things I Notice… Again?

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. This weeks post is all about things I notice, again. This is a continuation on an entry I posted last October and has some more things I noticed, as I watched the episodes I have missed for some time.

In the episode New Kids On The Blecch the vocals for: Bart, Nelson, Milhouse and Wralph’s boy band are autotuned. I wonder who are the singers involved with providing the vocals.

In the episode It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Marge Otto talks about meeting Becky at Woodstalk 99 and the song Show Me What You Got by Limp Bizkit is playing. This makes me wonder if ever Slipknot will guest star, even during a Treehouse Of Horror episode. Well, there will be an episode next season entitled The Nightmare Before Krustmas. This could be what I’ve been wishing for, or maybe not. I certainly hope so!

I notice that sometimes the theme song is editors or taken apart, to accommodate the couch gag. Not that it’s a bad thing, but I miss hearing the theme in its entirety. Maybe even hearing the Brodway version, complete with the elephants and clown music at the end.

One thing I certainly miss and would like to see is an episode with clips again. I know I did an entry on the clip shows a few weeks ago, but I would like there to be just one more of them. I like when a show looks back at itself like The Simpsons has done on occasion.

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

Lisa The Vegetarian… Veterinarian

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. This week we have lost a key figure in the music industry, in the form of George Martin. He of course, produced The Beatles and many of their contemporaries, both managed by Brian Epstein and also bands like America and Cheap Trick. Without him, we wouldn’t have many of the vocal affects we hear today in many rock and pop songs, minus autotune. I can’t imagine John Lennon saying to George Martin “please make my voice auto tuned.” Hmm! Then again, maybe. He of course, hated his voice and always wanted affects put on it and well, George and his fellow engineers obliged. Need I say more?

Oh, let us not forget his importance in his producing comedy records too. For example: he produced some records by The Goons, which all 4 Beatles listened to on the radio, just like I listen to The Ongoing History Of New Music religiously each weeke. This inspired some college kids in England to form Monty Python, which inspired many other people to create similar comedy troupe and TV shows. This includes Matt Groening and even Matt Stone and Tray Parker, who created The Simpsons and South Park respectively. Without George Martin, would comedy be very different? I think so and to make what I just said more meaningful to you, check out this link for more. Thanks to Alan Cross for the following link. http://ajournalofmusicalthings.com/final-words-sir-george-martin/
He will be missed by millions of people in both music and comedy.

We also lost another important figure in music this week. If you are a fan of what is called either progressive rock or art rock, Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer died on Thursday. He was 71 years old and played keyboards in the band. He loved to use any keyboards with him at the time, to create interesting sounds. Just listen to a few ELP songs and you will know what I’m talking about. He will be missed by all in rock, and in particular, fans of classic rock.

I am looking forward to this weeks episode and as for last weeks episode, this weeks post will talk about the Parallels with it and the season seven episode Lisa The Vegetarian.

First of all, in the earlier episode the main part of the story takes place at a petting zoo, where Lisa is haunted by a talking lamb in her mind, telling her not to eat him. This of course, helps her make a decision to go vegetarian. In the latter, the main story starts at a water park where Lisa saves a raccoon, after bark pulled one of his pranks.

In the former, Lisa has a conflict with her Dad, about a barbecue which has only meat which he is throwing. He of course Rex it and Homer is understandably pissed. Lisa runs away from home and ends up with Apu at the Kwik-E-Mart and meets Paul and Linda McCartney. This is also where we find out that Apu is a vegan. Of course, Lisa has one of his veggie dogs instead of regular hot dog, for us meat eaters. I’ve tried tofu but I’ve never had a veggie burger or veggie dog yet. However, I bet you that I can tell which is which from a veggie or a regular meat dog.

In the latter, Lisa becomes an intern at a veterinary hospital, with guest actor Michael York as Dr. Budgie and he becomes her mentor. Lisa becomes very good at what she is doing, meaning helping animals get well but she also becomes arrogant too. I should also mention that she was supposed to be taking care the school hamster Nibbles. Unfortunately, Nibbles dies because of her neglect and focus on being a veterinarian. However, Dr. Budgie still is proud of her.

It’s funny that both Paul McCartney and Michael York are both born in 1942 and guested on an episode focusing on Lisa And her love of animals. I had been planning to write this post even before it aired, simply because of the title and the similar title of the previously mentioned episode from Season seven. The difference here is that Marge also has her own story, where she cleans up crime scene’s for Chief Wiggum. When she hears about what Lisa has done, she goes to clean up her baby’s tears. Also, Bart tries to get some sense into Lisa, after she starts to be rather arrogant in her helping of other animals. However, she doesn’t listen and that’s when Bart mentions the hamster Nibbles. Then, that’s when reality hits Lisa that he is on the verge of death and passes away.

I liked the episode and I am looking forward to tonights episode. That should be interesting and a Marge centric episode too.

On the birthday front, happy 69th birthday to voice actor Frank Welker. He of course, voices many characters outside The Simpsons and voiced Santa’s Little Helper and other animal noises until 2006. Now, Dan Castellaneta does the animal sounds or sound affects are used.

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

Episode And Plot Point Call Backs

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. This weeks post is on the episode Gal Of Constant Sorrow and similarities to other episodes in the series. On one side, you have Bart and Lisa, who discover a homeless woman who turns out to have a great voice for a folk singer. Well, she turns out to be more rough than a polished jewel, when she is found out to be a drug addict.

On the other hand, we see Homer once again trying to show Marge that he is the handy man of the house, when he tries to replace a tile. He actually does this but gets the cat caught inside the wall. At the end of the episode everything is alright again, when Marge tells Homer that she knew what was going on, even when he tried to lie his way out of his screw up, with Snowball II, or whatever the latest cat is now.

This episode calls back some plot points. Usually when Lisa thinks she is onto something, she is always let down and Bart actually tries to protect her from this happening again. Of course, she persists and gets let down, when her homeless folk singer is unable to perform at a gig Lisa got for her at a Springfield festival. It is also a callback sort of, to the episode Lastest Gun In The West, when an old after who was big in westerns (buck McRae) turns out to be an alcoholic. Of course, the family finds out after he gives a failed performance on the Krusty The Clown show.

The other plot point is Homer taking a job in which he is not qualified to do. In this case it is replacing a tile and of course, he screws up by getting the cat caught inside the wall. He does this to show up his wife that he can do anything because he is a man. Well, I’m a dude but I just can’t fix things just like that. I am also a ham radio operator but I can’t put up antenna’s or work with a power supply safely. Yes, I am blind but this makes the point that just because you are of a certain gender you aren’t automatically programmed to do such work like that. This obviously requires classes and well, you get the idea. Right?

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