The Latest Band to Get Featured on The Simpsons is Spaceman 3. Wait–What?

The list of musical guests on The Simpsons is almost endless. In addition to dozens of mainstream artists (Paul, George and Ringo, Tony Bennett, Sting, The Who, BTO) appearing on the show, the following alt-rock performers have been turned yellow:

  1. Red Hot Chili Peppers
  2. The Ramones
  3. Smashing Pumpkins
  4. Sonic Youth
  5. U2
  6. B52s
  7. Elvis Costello
  8. Blink-182
  9. David Byrne
  10. The White Stripes
  11. Green Day
  12. Zooey Deschanel (I’m counting her because she’s in She & Him; plus she’s been on three times.)
  13. Fall Out Boy
  14. Flight of the Conchords
  15. The Decemberists
  16. Sigur Ros

There’s probably more, but that’s all I can think of for now. (Here’s a decent list of all Simpsons’ musical guests.)

Season 27 will begin with a feature of Spaceman 3. They won’t be drawn into the show, but their 1991 track “Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here)” will be featured in a sequence where Homer gets high with a fling named Candace (played by Lena Durham) during his shocking trial separation from Marge.

I’m sure Jason Pierce is most pleased.



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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