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The 30-Year Music Legacy Of ‘The Simpsons’



ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

Like it or not, on January 26, 1991, Vanilla Ice had the No. 1 album in America.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “ICE ICE BABY”)

VANILLA ICE: (Rapping) If there was a problem, yo, I’ll solve it. Check out the hook while my DJ revolves it. Ice, Ice, baby…

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Right behind him at number two was Madonna.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “VOGUE”)

MADONNA: …Come on, vogue. Let your body move to the music – hey, hey, hey…

SHAPIRO: And right behind her at number three on the Billboard charts – “The Simpsons Sing The Blues” thanks to the hit “Do The Bartman.”

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “DO THE BARTMAN”)

MICHAEL JACKSON: (Singing) Everybody, if you can, do the Bartman.

NANCY CARTWRIGHT: (As Bart Simpson) Oh, yeah.

JACKSON: (Singing) Shake your body. Turn it out if you can, man.

CARTWRIGHT: (As Bart Simpson) Shake your body.

JACKSON: (Singing) Front to the back, to the side if you can, can. Everybody in the house do the Bartman.

CARTWRIGHT: (As Bart Simpson) Yeah, do the Bartman.

SIEGEL: Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of “The Simpsons'” debut as a short skit on “The Tracey Ullman Show.” Since then, the show has won 32 Emmys and has become a TV fixture. But you might be surprised at the chart success of the show’s music. Four Simpson albums have reached the Billboard top 200.

SHAPIRO: “Do the Bartman” was never an official single, but it reached number 11 on Billboard’s radio chart. The album’s other hit, “Deep, Deep Trouble,” reached the Billboard Hot 100.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “DEEP, DEEP TROUBLE”)

DAN CASTELLANETA: (As Homer Simpson, yelling) Bart.

CARTWRIGHT: (As Bart Simpson, rapping) Let me start at the start then take it away. My name is Simpson, Bartholemew J. That’s Bart…

SIEGEL: Xander

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2017/04/20/524936037/the-simpsons-30-year-music-legacy

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