The Simpsons: An Oral History of “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet”

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Sadly, I wasn’t there after they recorded George Harrison. He wasn’t within the unique script, however as soon as we have been placing it collectively we thought “Perhaps we will get a Beatle to be on this.” We’d already had Ringo on so we obtained George Harrison, then we wrote one thing for him. That was recorded on the down-low with simply Mike Reiss and Al Jean, so I wasn’t there for that. I’ve met Ringo a couple of occasions although.

George Harrison was really why this episode was held over. It was written throughout Season 4, however as soon as we had George Harrison, they determined to carry it for the premiere of Season 5. 

Neil Arsenty, creator of On This Day in Simpsons Historical past on Twitter: “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” was an effective way to start out the fifth season of The Simpsons. Season 5 is extensively seen as among the finest seasons of the present and this episode is effectively remembered by basic Simpsons followers. I additionally occur to be an enormous Beatles fan, so, for these of us who occur to like each The Simpsons and The Beatles, it’s like the right mixing of worlds, prefer it was written only for us. 

Maybe as a result of “Child on Board” is such a catchy little music, it makes the episode itself extra memorable too. That music was additionally featured on the Songs within the Key of Springfield album and got here again within the Season 9 episode episode “All Singing, All Dancing.” Additionally they made mail-away motion figures of Homer, Apu, Skinner and Barney of their Be Sharps outfits as a part of the World of Springfield toy line within the early 2000s.

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All collectively now, “Cha-Ching!”

Past that, in more moderen years, this episode is the supply of the “It is Been Performed” Simpsons meme with George Harrison, which could be very standard  in Simpsons shitposts.

Martin: This was a really comfortable episode to do as a result of everybody had loads of Beatles stuff to attract from and we have been all such followers. Plus, placing collectively the music was a number of enjoyable. I’m nonetheless happy with that music. Just a few years in the past, I used to be again at Disneyland and I noticed The Dapper Dans there. I requested them to sing “Child on Board” and, I assume for authorized causes, they couldn’t. Then I requested them, “Does anybody ever ask for it?” they usually mentioned “On daily basis.”

Campbell: Yeah, even now, individuals nonetheless ask us if we all know “Child on Board,” so it’s had an enduring affect. Sadly, when individuals ask, we inform them that we don’t sing it. Nonetheless, as a result of Disney just lately purchased Fox, perhaps there’s a method we might do it now. Who is aware of, perhaps there’ll be some form of “Child on Board” resurgence due to it.

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