With 29 years and 30 seasons, it's little wonder a number of bands from our world have popped up in Springfield.
01. GREEN DAY
Billie Joe Armstrong and co feature in The Simpsons Movie, and try to educate the people of Springfield about pollution. It goes about as well as you imagine. Also, the banter of 'American Idiot: Funeral Version'.
It's hard not to relate to Otto in this scene with Metallica from the premiere of season 18 of The Simpsons.
03. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
Scheduled to make an appearance at the definitely-not-30,000-capacity Moe's, the Red Hot Chili Peppers pike out and end up performing on Krusty The Clown instead. The episode features a short musical performance, and an underwear-clad band (and a revealing insight that merch sales are a massive source of revenue in the music industry).
The iconic moment of “Hey, Blink-182!” and Tom DeLonge quipping back “We have names, you know”. Too good.
05. SMASHING PUMPKINS
Billy Corgan and the rest of the Smashing Pumpkins make a guest appearance in the Homerpalooza episode of The Simpsons- with a defining moment being Bart sharing “making teenagers depressed is like shooting fish in a barrell”.
Not technically a band appearance, but there's a reworked version of their classic 'Beverly Hills' in the credits for Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D'oh!
Loosely related- Homer's band Sadgasm sounds a lot like Nirvana (two of the three songs performed by Sadgasm in the episode are Nivana parodies). Add to that, a lad by the name of Marvin Cobain calling his cousin Kurt to suggest he cop Sadgasm's signature grunge sound for his new musical project… It counts. It absolutely counts.
08. FALL OUT BOY
Last, but certainly by no means least. There's something beatifully poetic in Fall Out Boy making an appearance at the end of the episode 'Lisa The Drama Queen', an entire 14 seasons after they took inspiration for their name from a minor character in The Simpsons.
BONUS: FALLOUT BOY
And just while we're here and talking about it- this is the episode that Fall Out Boy took their name from.
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