By Zachary Swickey
Sure, Lady Gaga may have plenty of Grammy Awards, number one hits and a Weird Al parody to boot, but there is one pivotal milestone that she has yet to achieve – a voice appearance on Fox’s “The Simpsons.” Well, that’s finally about to change – this week, Mother Monster recorded her lines for an episode titled “Lisa Goes Gaga” that is set to air next spring.
Gaga talked with Entertainment Weekly about how excited she was to be a part of the iconic show, saying, “I make music, but I don’t do voice-overs every day of the week, and their characters are so awesomely convincing and sincere and wild and funny, I had to remind myself constantly of the sincerity of the humor.”
Series creator Matt Groening had nothing but praise for Gaga. “Since the very beginning, I’ve always wanted to have the most iconic personalities of our time, and she’s it.” He continued, “It’s very hard to top reality with her, but I’m sure we’ll come up with something that is going to be as improbable as her usual wardrobe.”
If you aren’t aware how big a deal it is to appear on the classic animated show (currently in its astounding 23rd season), then take a gander at this list and see what other musicians have stopped by Springfield.
The living legend appeared alongside his wife Linda (three years before her death in 1998) in an episode appropriately titled “Lisa the Vegetarian.” It was the perfect vehicle for the Beatle – for those unaware, McCartney is a vegetarian and staunch animal rights activist. The star’s condition for appearing was that Lisa remain a vegetarian for the rest of the season, and the show obliged. (Seriously though, who would say no to Paul freaking McCartney?)
At the peak of her early career, Spears appeared on the program in 2000 during the 11th season in an episode titled “The Mansion Family.” Her likeness – donning classic pigtails and a tube top – hosts the Springfield Pride Awards, and after awarding a character the title of “Oldest Man in Springfield,” the star accidently kills him with her “kiss of death” when she presents the award.
Green Day’s appearance was technically in the 2007 Simpsons Movie, but it’s too awesome to not include. The film shows the punk trio playing a concert on a barge floating in Lake Springfield. After performing a rendition of the show’s theme song, Green Day begin to talk about the environment, which consequently upsets the fans who then begin throwing litter at the group. The lake gets polluted, causing the barge to dissolve and sink as the members pull out violins and play “Nearer My God To Thee.” “American Idiot (Funeral Version)” is then played by an organist at their funerals. Brilliant!
Metal gods Metallica were the loud and proud guests of the 18th season’s premiere. School bus driver and metal enthusiast Otto stops to meet the band when he notices their ride has broken down. After Bart hijacks the bus and takes off, the group teases Otto and hitches a ride from a “real fan” as “Master of Puppets” blares out the window. Poor, poor Otto.
The Rolling Stones
The 14th season episode “How I Spent My Strummer Vacation” boasts a ridiculous array of stars, most notable though are The Rolling Stones. Homer’s fam takes him to a Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy Camp where he gets to live out every kid’s (or young adult’s) dream by rubbing musical elbows with a slew of iconic musicians: The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, Tom Petty and Brian Setzer. Eventually, Homer gets the opportunity to front the group and provide guitar duties for a mock rock concert.