The episode lampoons hipster culture
Titled ‘The Day The Earth Stood Cool’, the episode also sees a guest appearance from indie band The Decemberists, while Wild Flag singer Carrie Brownstein – writer/star of TV’s Portlandia – plays Homer’s new neighbour.
The story sees Brownstein and fellow Portlandia creator Fred Armisen move in next door to the Simpson family. Two hipsters from Portland, Oregon, they bring hipster culture to Springfield – much to Homer’s confusion. Daft Punk appear in the guise of recurring character Disco Stu, who appears wearing a Daft Punk robot costume saying, “Disco Stu has found a new thing”. The Decemberists appear as guests of schoolteacher Edna Krabappel.
The Simpsons, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, has featured the likes of Lady Gaga, The Ramones, The White Stripes, Sonic Youth and Red Hot Chili Peppers in cartoon form. A future episode is set to star Justin Bieber.
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