The Simpsons: Sing The Blues

ALBUM INFO:
The Simpsons Sing The Blues was released early into the show's run. In 1990, The album spawned two hit singles, Do The Bartman, and to a lesser extent, Deep Deep Trouble. Video clips were made for these two songs. Sing The Blues was largely popular with fans of the show and helped the show gain some ground among new watchers. It will go down in history as one cartoon album which is not seen as an embarassment, due to its quality performances and well-written songs. Before this album, The Simpsons never sung on their show, so it's likely that this album's success attributed to some of the greatest moments in the show's history.
01. DO THE BARTMAN
Sung by Bart Simpson
The most successful song to come from this album made it into the charts and even scored its own video clip. This captured the essence of Bart at the time.

02. SCHOOL DAY
Sung by Bart Simpson & Buster Poindexter
Bart teams up with an unknown vocalist to remake Chuck Berry's hit song "School Day". Surprisingly good rendition, if you ask me.

03. BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN
Sung by Homer Simpson
Another remake of an old song, performed by Homer Simpson. Nice music, and the lyrics are suited to the character.

04. MOANIN' LISA BLUES
Sung by Lisa Simpson
An original song made for the episode 'Moanin' Lisa'. Features Bleeding Gums and really captures the sad feelings of Lisa.

05. DEEP, DEEP, TROUBLE
Sung by Bart Simpson
The second song that made it onto the charts, not as catchy as Do The Bartman, but certainly not a bad song. Clever lyrics and sung well.

06. GOD BLESS THE CHILD
Sung by Lisa Simpson
Lisa tears her heart out for the second time in three songs, this time she's singing Billy Holiday's classic song. Yeardley Smith does an awesome job!

07. I LOVE TO SEE YOU SMILE
Sung by Marge and Homer Simpson
Another cover, this time Homer and Marge have a go at Randy Newman's "I Love To See You Smile". Can't complain about anything here.

08. SPRINGFIELD SOUL STEW
Sung by Marge Simpson
A bit of a break from the music, this one is mainly Marge speaking about the recipe for "soul stew", featuring several instruments. Very clever.

09. LOOK AT ALL THOSE IDIOTS
Sung by Mr. Burns and Smithers
Burns in his old days was an evil character, this song really does portray him well, unless you haven't seen those episodes for a while. Catchy and nice lyrics.

10. SIBLING RIVALRY
Sung by Bart and Lisa Simpson
A great song to wrap up the album, which covers the rivalry which Bart and Lisa share. Funny, and upbeat, as well as clever.
 

The Simpsons: The Yellow Album
01. LOVE?
Sung by Bart Simpson
Bart struggles to cope with life's issues which are being thrown at him every day. What's this word called love? It's not easy being ten years old.

02. SISTERS ARE DOIN' IT FOR THEMSELVES
Sung by Lisa Simpson, feat. Patty and Selma
A remake of the old Eurythmics hit, which has also been sung in the show by Bart and Milhouse. This one doesn't feature them though.

03. FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY
Sung by Homer Simpson and Linda Ronstadt
Not a lot of meaning in this song, seems to feature Linda more than Homer, but if you're into slow love songs, this is one of them.

04. TWENTY-FOUR HOURS A DAY
Sung by Apu and The Squishees
A slightly off-voiced Apu sings about how hard it is to run a convenience store twenty-four hours a day. Dated and not all that good, either.

05. TEN COMMANDMENTS OF BART
Sung by Bart Simpson
Bart sings about the steps you must follow if you want to be cool, just like him. I've heard better advice in my day. Thou shall have fun.

06. I JUST CAN'T HELP MYSELF
Sung by Bart, Lisa, and Homer Simpson
This multi-versed song sung by several family members (should have been complete with Marge) has them talking about what they love to do.

07. SHE'S COMIN' OUT SWINGIN'
Sung by Lisa Simpson
The longest song on the album, probably the most uninteresting too. Soft Jazz instrumental jam shouldn't be on what's supposed to be a comedy album.

08. ANYONE ELSE
Sung by Bart and Lisa Simpson
Bart and Lisa sing about struggling to find someone who's a true friend and one that's caring.

09. EVERY SUMMER WITH YOU
Sung by Marge and Homer Simpson
A decent duet with Homer and Marge, or is it Grampa? The voice is very off, which lets this song down. The two sing about Summer vacation.

10. HAIL TO THEE, KAMP KRUSTY
Sung by "Everyone"
From the episode Kamp Krusty comes a song which would have fit on SITKOS. They've put it on this album and added some verses, too.

00: MY NAME IS BART
Sung by "Bart Simpson"; Written by Prince
The best song on the album wasn't included! After Prince wrote this song especially for the album he decided to make it his own, and did not give permission for this version to be used.


ALBUM INFO:
Released in 1998 by Rhino Records, The Yellow Album suffered many delays after being poised as the immediate follow up to 'Sing The Blues' to be released in 1993. However, the album was halted after being recorded due to the general marketing of Simpsons merchandise shifting away from an embarassment such as an album. After 'Songs In The Key Of Springfield' was released as a success in 1997, they decided to let this album quietly onto the market. This explains why the album has a dated feel to it, and many of the songs will be considered 'too corny' to listen to. Some songs were removed from the original version and many of the surviving ones sped up.
 

Songs In The Key Of Springfield

ALBUM INFO:
This album released in 1997 came before The Yellow Album. It is a compilation of the best songs from the television show, all of which are composed by musical genius Alf Clausen. This album shared a similar success to Sing The Blues, minus the chart topping hits. For the first time, viewers are able to listen to all the best songs from the show. I guess the only letdown here is the many versions of the end credits which are placed randomly about the album, and often interrupt the flow of the album.
01. THE SIMPSONS MAIN TITLE THEME (Extend)
02. WE DO (THE STONECUTTERS' SONG)
03. DANCIN' HOMER (Medley)
04. HOMER & APU (Medley)
05. 'ROUND SPRINGFIELD (Medley)
06. "OH, STREETCAR!" (The Musical)
07. JINGLE BELLS - Robert Goulet
08. $PRINGFIELD (Medley)
09. "ITCHY & SCRATCHY" MAIN TITLE THEME
10. "ITCHY & SCRATCHY" END CREDITS THEME
11. THE DAY THE VIOLENCE DIED (Medley)
12. SENOR BURNS - Tito Puente & Jazz Ensemble
13. THE SIMPSONS END CREDITS ("Afro-Cuban")
14. YOUR WIFE DON'T UNDERSTAND YOU
15. KAMP KRUSTY (Medley)
16. THE SIMPSONS END CREDITS ("Australian")
17. SIMPSONS END CREDITS ("Street Blues")
18. THE SIMPSONS END CREDITS ("Mad World")
19. TREEHOUSE OF HORROR V (Medley)
20. HONEY ROASTED PEANUTS - Homer & Marge
21. BOY SCOUTZ N THE HOOD (Medley)
22. TWO DOZEN AND ONE GREYHOUNDS Medley
23. "EYE ON SPRINGFIELD" THEME
24. FLAMING MOE'S - Kipp Lennon, with Cast
25. HOMER'S BARBERSHOP QUARTET (Medley)
26. TV SUCKS! - Homer & Bart
27. A FISH CALLED SELMA (Medley)
28. SEND IN THE CLOWNS - Krusty, Sideshow Mel
29. THE MONORAIL SONG - Lyle Lanley & Cast
30. IN SEARCH OF OUT OF BODY VIBE - Grampa
31. COOL - Homer & Grampa
32. BAGGED ME A HOMER
33. IT WAS A VERY GOOD BEER - Homer
34. BART SELLS HIS SOUL (Medley)
35. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LISA - Leon Kompowski
36. THE SIMPSONS HALLOWEEN END CREDITS
37. WHO SHOT MR. BURNS? (PT ONE) (Medley)
38. LISA'S WEDDING (Medley)
39. THE SIMPSONS END CREDITS ("Dragnet")
 

Go Simpsonic With The Simpsons
01. THE SIMPSONS MAIN TITLE THEME (Extend)
02. LISA'S SAX (Medley)
03. ALL SINGING, ALL DANCING (Medley)
04. WE PUT THE SPRING IN SPRINGFIELD
05. MINIMUM WAGE NANNY - Bart, Lisa & Homer
06. CUT EVERY CORNER - Sherry Bobbins
07. A BOOZEHOUND NAMED BARNEY - Barney
08. HAPPY JUST THE WAY WE ARE
09. THE SIMPSONS END CREDITS (Bobbins)
10. CASH AND CARY
11. MEET THE FLINTSTONES - Homer
12. UNDERWATER WONDERLAND - Homer
13. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR BURNS - The Ramones
14. THE FIELD OF EXCELLENCE
15. ITCHY & SCRATCHY AND POOCHIE THEME
16. POOCHIE RAP SONG
17. YOU'RE CHECKIN' IN
18. QUIMBY CAMPAIGN COMMERCIAL JINGLE
19. THE SIMPSONS END CREDITS (Sonic Youth)
20. THE GARBAGEMAN
21. CANYONERO THEME
22. EVERYBODY LOVES NED FLANDERS
23. "SCORPIO" END CREDITS
24. CHIEF WIGGUM, P.I.
25. THE LOVE-MATIC GRAMPA
26. THE SIMPSONS SMILE TIME VARIETY HOUR
27. THE BALLAD OF JEBEDIAH SPRINGFIELD
28. MR SPARKLE THEME AND LOGO
29. KRUSTY THE CLOWN MAIN TITLE THEME
30. H.M.S. PINAFORE - Sideshow Bob & Bart
31. MR PLOW - Homer
32. PLOW KING - Barney & Linda Ronstadt
33. KAMP KRUSTY THEME SONG
34. THE SIMPSONS END CREDITS THEME
35. UNION STRIKE SONG - Lisa Simpson
36. RAPPIN' RONNIE REAGAN
37. CLETUS THE CLACK JAWED YOKEL THEME
38. YA-HOO MAIN TITLE
39. THE LAND OF CHOCOLATE
40. SKINNER AND CHALMERS THEME
41. PRESIDENTS' SONG
42. THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER
43. TALKIN' SOFTBALL
44. OH, MY PAPA - Krusty The Clown
45. MCBAIN END CREDITS
46. YOU'RE GONNA LIKE ME (GABBO SONG)
47. CAN I BORROW A FEELING - Kirk Van Houten
48. THE SIMPSONS END CREDITS
49. WE LOVE TO SMOKE - Patty & Selma
50. APU IN "THE JOLLY BENGALI" THEME
51. THE GARBAGEMAN (Long Demo Version)
52. SENOR BURNS (Long Version) - Tito Puente
53. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. SMITHERS


ALBUM INFO:
Due to the huge success of Songs In The Key Of Springfield, the producers rushed out to bring you all the leftovers which didn't make it onto the first album. By 1999, the hype of the first album had died down, so this one hasn't shared the same success as SITKOS. It follows much of the same formula though, with songs from the show as well as lyric-less end credit themes. As a bonus, there are songs which didn't make it into the show, which are tracks 50 - 52.
 


Sily Symphonies
Chuck Crisafulli :: The Hollywood Reporter

Leave it to Homer Simpson to show up at the Eastwood Scoring Stage on the Warner Bros. lot the day layer cake and champagne are being served.

"Do you guys know Funky Town?" inquires "Simpsons" star Dan Castellaneta in his best booming Homer voice to the amusement of the 30-odd players assembled there for the show's landmark 300th episode recording session. But if anyone knows how to handle Homer, it's the Emmy-winning Alf Clausen, who has composed every note of original music for The Simpsons since the beginning of the series' second season.

The show is one of the only programs on television to make use of a full orchestra - the animated comedy has featured a live orchestral underscore since its debut 15 years ago - and it's Clausen who conducts the group of musicians culled from Hollywood's exceptional pool of union talent.

On this night, he is getting his due. Hal Espinosa, president of the American Federation of Musicians Local 47, is on hand to present Clausen with a plaque to commemorate his achievements and Simpsons creator Matt Groening has turned up to congratulate the composer in person.

"From the beginning of this show, music has been so important," Groening says. "We've got the crazy animation, the crazy writing and the crazy voices - it's the music that really gives the show its emotional core."

It takes no more than three takes for the orchestra to nail any one passage perfectly. While it may seem like an astonishing amount of music cues to complete in one night, Clausen and his longtime crew - engineer Rick Riccio, music editor Chris Ledesma and orchestrator Dell Hake - seem remarkably cheerful. After all, they've had a long time to adjust to the demands of the show's hectic schedule.

"When we have to perform 30 - 35 short cues in three hours, it's pretty pressure-packed, and a little humor always goes a long way toward keeping the pressure in check," Clausen says. "The other thing is that in this job, there's no dress rehearsal. We only get a chance to do each show once, so why not have a good time doing it?

"What I'm particularly thankful for is that the producers have given me a lot of latitude to bring my own musical voice in almost as an additional character to the show," he continues. "The directive Matt gave me early on was not to look at the show as a cartoon, but to look at it as a drama in which the characters happen to be drawn. That has been a very successful way to approach the music."

Clausen laughs when asked if he's looking forward to creating the music for the next hundred Simpsons episodes. "I'd like to think so, but I've got 22 more cues to write over the next two days. That kind of makes me live in the moment."



  » BE THE NEXT ALF CLAUSEN

Warner Bros. Publications is proud to release The Simpsons Songbook, containing twenty-six of the best songs fro more than a decade of Simpsons episodes. This book features original color art from the show, plus a special commemorative cover.



This book contains the sheet music for the following songs:

The Simpsons Theme
Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Theme
Hail To Thee, Kamp Krusty
Capitol City
Canyonero
Scorpio End Credits
Do The Bartman
Baby On Board
The Amendment Song
Happy Birthday, Lisa
Union Strike Folk Song
Talkin' Softball
Your Wife Don't Understand You
Bagged Me A Homer
Deep Deep Trouble
We Put The Spring In Springfield
Who Needs The Kwik-E-Mart?
Senor Burns
We Do
Dr. Zaius
Chimpan A To Chimpan Z
Minimum Wage Nanny
Cut Every Corner
A Boozehound Named Barney
Happy Just The Way We Are
You're Checkin' In

So whether you're a budding artist or just want the lyrics to these songs, this is the book for you. You can order it now from Amazon.com


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