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March 3, 2013

'The Simpsons' spoof viral hit 'Harlem Shake' - watch

Springfield's finest take on Baauer's YouTube sensation

'The Simpsons' spoof viral hit 'Harlem Shake' - watch

The Simpsons have spoofed Baauer's viral hit 'Harlem Shake' - scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to watch.

The Canadian producer's track has become a YouTube sensation due to users uploading videos of themselves and their friends dancing to the song, helping it achieve unthinkable levels of popularity and even hitting the top spot in the US charts last month.

Now, as the Daily Telegraph reports, a teaser to promote a new episode of the classic cartoon series has been posted on YouTube. The clip sees the lyrics of the song slightly tweaked to include the phrase "Do the Homer shake" and features Springfield's famous residents dancing to the track.

Previously, it was estimated that there are over 40,000 different 'Harlem Shake' videos on YouTube with over 175million hits between them, with Baauer claiming top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 after becoming the first beneficiary of a change in the rules stipulating that YouTube plays will now count toward the chart figures. The song subsequently bagged the Number One position after scoring 103million streams of the song in seven days and an additional 262,000 downloads.

The Simpsons has aired every year since 1989 and now runs to over 500 episodes. Its record-breaking 24th season began in the US back in September, and will feature cameos from celebrities including Justin Bieber, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zooey Deschanel, Danny DeVito and Portlandia's Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.

For even more facts about the Springfield clan, see NME's blog on the 50 Things You Didn't Know About The Simpsons.


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