The Simpsons – ‘Homer’s Barbershop Quartet’
Homer recounts his phenomenal rise to superstardom as a member of the barbershop quartet, The Be Sharps.
While browsing at a flea market, Bart and Lisa discover a record album with Homer’s picture on the cover. Homer recounts how in the summer of 1985, he, Chief Wiggum, Principal Skinner and Apu formed a barbershop quartet which performed throughout Springfield. The group was approached by Nigel, a flamboyant record producer, who offered to represent them provided that Wiggum was replaced by another singer. The remaining threesome discovered that Barney had a beautiful tenor voice and asked him to join the group. They called themselves The Be Sharps.
Inspired by Marge, Homer wrote a song called “Baby On Board,” which became a huge hit. The group became an overnight sensation, much like The Beatles had years earlier. The group was honored at the Grammys and received the award from David Crosby. The singers also become the focus of a mass merchandising campaign, and their images appeared on lunchboxes, coffee mugs, and funny foam. Homer became ecstatic when he met George Harrison because the ex-Beatle was eating a delicious brownie.
But Marge found that with Homer constantly on the road, she could not manage raising the children by herself. Disagreements over lyrics and personal friction began to break the band members apart. Barney began seeing a woman named Kako, a Japanese conceptual artist, whom the others regarded with contempt. After five and a half weeks of meteoric success, the band finally split up. After Homer finishes recounting the story, the former band members gather for a rooftop reunion.
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