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Is the Simpsons Dance Music Micro-Genre a Real Thing?

It’s called Simpsonwave, apparently. But is it real or just a big Internet joke? The Verge investigates.

Know Your Meme has, of course, a pretty great breakdown of what Simpsonwave is and where it came from, but the gist is this: over this past winter, internet users started editing clips from The Simpsons into trippy “vaporwave” music videos, combining the melted, nostalgic sound of chillwave with the visual aesthetic of a cyberpunk’s neon nightmares. (I know, that’s a lot. You can go right back to Know Your Meme if you want to learn moreabout vaporwave, too.)

Simpsonwave does all of the things that [Verge entertainment editor] Jamieson described. Vaporwave music is mostly chill and seems like the perfect complement to a hot summer day. And some of it is a bit more chaotic and bright and fast!

But most importantly, it definitely has the ability to “appeal to a wide swath of people and peak at the right time” — aka go viral — because there is something so beautiful and perfect (and maybe unintentionally poignant?) about the way The Simpsons matches up with this music.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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