May 1, 2012 17:08
Hot Chip and Animal Collective feature on 'The Simpsons'
'Boy From School' and 'Winters Love' soundtrack episode 'A Totally Fun Thing Bart Will Never Do Again'
The Simpsons went indie this week as British electro-popsters Hot Chip and US experimental outfit Animal Collective featured on an episode of the show.
On an episode screened in the US on Sunday (April 29), titled 'A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again', Hot Chip's 'Boy From School' and Animal Collective's 'Winters Love' feature as Bart becomes bored of his life and tries to persuade his family to go on an ultimately unenjoyable cruise with him.
The plot is a nod to David Foster Wallace's 1996 essay on cruises titled A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again.
While not an obvious choice for the show, Hot Chip and Animal Collective are just two of the latest bands to feature in The Simpsons - albeit many other artists have featured visually as well as aurally.
The show, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, has featured the likes of the Ramones, The White Stripes, Sonic Youth and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. You can check out NME's gallery of the 15 Classic Band Cameos in The Simpsons for more.
Other cameos recently have included WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and TV chef Gordon Ramsay.
The Simpsons was first broadcast as a cartoon short on The Tracy Ullman Show in America. For more facts about the Springfield clan, see NME's blog on 50 Things You Didn't Know About The Simpsons.
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