Ongoing History Daily: The behind the scenes of The Simpsons’ “Homerpalooza” episode

One of the best music-themed episodes of The Simpsons dates back to May 1996 with “Homerpalooza,” which saw Homer became a sideshow freak to impress Bart and Lisa.

The show featured appearances by Sonic Youth, the Smashing Pumpkins, and Cypress Hill. When the producers were putting the show together, they also offered several other artist parts at the standard rate of $1,000 a day.

Pearl Jam, Neil Young and Bob Dylan all refused. Sonic Youth agreed to appear but only on the condition that Courtney Love not be involved. If Courtney was in the episode, Sonic Youth was going to walk. That’s the real reason why Hole wasn’t included on the show.

Did Tool hide a song in some merch? That was the subject of yesterday’s post.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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