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As himselfas themselvesas themselvesas themselvesEpisode featuresThe family enters in a black-light haze, lighting returns to normal when Homer turns on the lights.CommentaryBill OakleyJosh WeinsteinBrent ForresterWes ArcherEpisode chronology← Previous'Next →' Homerpalooza' is the 24th episode of '. It originally aired on the in the United States on May 19, 1996. The plot focuses on joining the 'Hullabalooza' music festival as a carnival freak. The episode title is a play on the music festival. It was the last The Simpsons episode written by and the last episode directed. And musical groups, and guest star as themselves. Contents.Plot After the school bus is destroyed, Homer is forced to drive several students to school.

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Along the way, he listens to a and is shocked to discover that all of the kids hate it. After several more days of the kids hating his music, Homer visits a music store and realizes that what he likes is no longer considered cool. As a result, Homer decides to take Bart and Lisa to the Hullabalooza music festival. At the festival, Homer tries to act cool by wearing a hat, but all he does is humiliate himself and is confronted by an angry crowd of who mistake him for a.

After being tossed out by the crowd, Homer angrily kicks a cannon, which shoots one of 's at his stomach. The festival head is impressed and Homer is hired as a part of the festival's played by The.As a result, Homer goes on tour with the festival and hangs out with,. Homer suddenly finds himself living the high life: partying with big-name rock stars and becoming respected among American youth, including Bart. As the tour approaches a stop in Springfield, Homer's stomach begins to hurt and he is sent to a veterinarian.

The veterinarian advises Homer that if he performs his act one more time, he will die. At first he decides to do his job, but at the last second he dodges the cannonball. Consequently, he is released from the festival and, despite a warm sendoff from the rock stars, goes back to not being respected by his children, which Homer embraces. Production The entire story of this episode was developed by, although it was written by, who felt that Cohen at least deserved a 'story by' credit. To do research for this episode, Forrester went to one of the Lollapalooza concerts, which he thought would be a fun little perk, but ended up being a horrible experience. Several of the jokes in this episode are based on his experiences: cameras were being seized and thrown in the garbage, there were numerous advertisements, several 'sour faced teens', a real freak show , and at one point a stranger approached Forrester and asked 'how's it going,?' .During Homer's confrontation with the Hullabalooza crowd, there is a brief shot of Homer with the members of the musical group behind him.

's brother, who himself had been a member of the band, was working as an animator at The Simpsons at the time and added them in. Threatened to not appear in the episode if was cast in it.The writers were aiming to have artists that represented several genres: (Cypress Hill), (Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins), and a classic rock singer.

Originally, was sought for this role, but he was replaced by Peter Frampton. Impressed the production staff by doing strong impersonations of Homer and Marge, though it was decided to not have him use them in the episode. Pearl Jam was asked to appear in the episode but declined.Originally, and were wanted for this episode, but they declined. According to the DVD commentary an unnamed group had said that if Courtney Love were in the episode, they would not be. An article revealed that the group was Sonic Youth.

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It was thought that Love would appear in the episode because she had recently done a film with, but she never responded to the request. Love was wanted specifically for one joke which would be in an exchange between her and Homer:Courtney Love: Hi Homer! I'm a big fan, Courtney Love.Homer: Homer Grateful!However, she did not appear and the joke was reworded for of the Smashing Pumpkins:Billy Corgan: Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins.Homer: Homer Simpson, smiling politely. Cultural references The flashback where Homer meets the guys in the van is based on the film. Several of the scenes where Homer is hit with a cannonball are based on famous of being hit with a cannonball, as is the entire concept of a 'cannonball catcher'.

Otto's drug-induced hallucination of his 'talking shoes' is based on the opening of the album version of the song '. Homer's walk in one scene parodies the walk in the comic that was drawn.


Reception. The Rover Hendrix joke has been described by the show's writers as one of the worst jokes in The Simpsons history.In its original broadcast, 'Homerpalooza' finished 57th in ratings for the week of May 13–19, 1996, with a of 7.8, equivalent to approximately 7.5 million viewing households.

It was the third highest-rated show on the Fox network that week, following and.In 1998, listed it in its list of top twelve Simpsons episodes. The BBC website called the episode 'One of the most memorable episodes, if not one of the greatest – the satire on youth counterculture is well handled, and Homer's flashback to his youth is fabulous.' And said the episode was one of the best of season seven.

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In a list of the 25 greatest guest voices on the show, released September 5, 2006, IGN ranked the Hullabalooza performers 23rd. The version of the end credits performed by Sonic Youth has been ranked among the best versions of the theme by Matt Groening and also by in his book. Bill Oakley has said that Peter Frampton is one of his favorite guest stars and he wished he could have done a TV show with him.Alternatively, the Rover Hendrix act break joke has been called one of the worst jokes in The Simpsons history by the writers and producers. In 2007, Simon Crerar of listed the Smashing Pumpkins' and Cypress Hill's performances among the 33 funniest cameos in the history of the show. Andrew Martin of Prefix Mag named Cypress Hill his sixth-favorite musical guests on The Simpsons out of a list of ten. References.

^ Retrieved on February 8, 2007. ^ The Retrieved on February 5, 2007. ^, p. 206. Martyn, Warren; Adrian Wood (2000).

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I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide. Virgin Books. ^ Forrester, Brent (2005). The Simpsons season 7 DVD commentary for the episode 'Homerpalooza' (DVD). 20th Century Fox. Archer, Wes (2005). The Simpsons season 7 DVD commentary for the episode 'Homerpalooza' (DVD).

20th Century Fox. ^ Weinstein, Josh (2005). The Simpsons season 7 DVD commentary for the episode 'Homerpalooza' (DVD). 20th Century Fox.

^ Keeler, Ken (2005). The Simpsons season 7 DVD commentary for the episode 'Homerpalooza' (DVD). 20th Century Fox. Published May 10, 1996, Retrieved on February 8, 2007.

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^ Groening, Matt (2005). The Simpsons season 7 DVD commentary for the episode 'Homerpalooza' (DVD). 20th Century Fox. ^ Oakley, Bill (2005). The Simpsons season 7 DVD commentary for the episode 'Homerpalooza' (DVD). 20th Century Fox.

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