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Songs in the Key of Springfield Soundtrack
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|1. The Simpsons Main Title Theme (Extended Version) - Alf Clausen|
|2. We Do (The Stonecutters' Song) - Marge/Homer/The Stonecutters|
|3. Dancin' Homer (Medley): Crosstown Bridge/Capitol City - The Simpsons/Tony Bennett|
|4. Homer & Apu (Medley): Who Needs The Kwik-E-Mart?/Who Needs The Kwik-E-Mart? (Reprise) - Lisa/Apu/Homer/Marge|
|5. 'Round Springfield (Medley): Bleeding Gums Blues/A Four-Headed King/There She Sits, Brokenhearted... - Lisa/DJ/Bleeding Gums Murphy/Cast|
|6. 'Oh, Streetcar!' (The Musical): White-Hot Grease Fires (Prologue)/Long Before The Superdome... - Director (Jon Lovitz)/Chief Wiggum/Marge/Apu/Ned Flanders/Cast|
|7. Jingle Bells - Robert Goulet/Bart/Smithers/Mr. Burns/Nelson|
|8. Springfield (Medley): The Simpsons End Credits Them (Big Band Vegas Version)/Gracie Films Logo - Alf Clausen|
|9. 'Itchy & Scratchy' Main Title Theme - Alf Clausen|
|10. 'Itchy & Scratchy' End Credits Theme - Alf Clausen|
|11. The Day The Violence Died (Medley): Not Jazz Chor, But Sad Chor/The Amendment Song - Krusty The Clown/Jack Sheldon/Kid/Bart/Lisa/Cast|
|12. Senor Burns - Tito Puente & His Latin Jazz Ensemble|
|13. The Simpsons End Credits Theme (Afro-Cuban Version) - Tito Puente & His Latin Jazz Ensemble|
|14. Your Wife Don't Understand You - Announcer/Lurleen (Beverly D'Angelo)/Homer/Cast|
|15. Kamp Krusty (Medley): South Of The Border/Gracie Films Logo - Bart/Krusty/Gene Merlino|
|16. End Credits Suite #1: The Simpsons End Credits Theme (Austalian Version) - Alf Clausen|
|17. End Credits Suite #1: The Simpsons End Credits Theme (Hill Street Homage) - Alf Clausen|
|18. End Credits Suite #1: The Simpsons End Credits Theme (It's A Mad, Mad, Mad World Homage) - Alf Clausen|
|19. Treehouse Of Horror V (Medley): Controlling The Transmission (Prologue)/The Simpsons Halloween... - Bart/Homer/Alf Clausen|
|20. Honey Roasted Peanuts - Homer/Marge|
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Out of print in the U.S.! Originally released in 1997, Songs In The Key Of Springfield is a collection of original songs, themes and underscore music from the television show The Simpsons. Apart from the Simpsons Main Title Theme (by Danny Elfman), you can also find 'The Itchy And Scratchy Theme', 'Senor Burns' (by Tito Puente), 'Dancin' Homer' (by Tony Bennett) 'It Was A Very Good Beer' (by Homer Simpson) and a cover of Carol King's 'Jazzman' performed by Lisa Simpson! Includes liner notes by Matt Groening and Alf Clausen. 39 total tracks. Rhino/Wea.
Who said musical comedy was dead? Was it you? Fools! There are more shining moments in each of these 39 zippy little numbers than in the complete score of any bloated Broadway dud today. Peppered with original dialogue, and seven renditions of "The Simpsons Main Title Theme" (including Australian, Big Band, and Afro-Cuban), this disc includes beloved originals like "Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart?". Even better are the scathing parodies: "Oh, Streetcar!" (Tennessee Williams a la community musical theater); "Dr. Zaius" (Falco-meets-Planet of the Apes); and "See My Vest" (Monty Burns's jaunty dissection of Disney's "Be Our Guest"). With celebrity cameos from Tony Bennett, Robert Goulet, and Beverly D'Angelo, Songs is a sparkling tonic to sustain you through the seven dreary days between Sunday evenings. --Kurt B. Reighley
Top Customer Reviews
In addition to some great instrumental stuff, there are three spoken skits taken from the show. The first one "Honey Roasted Peanuts" is the funniest and it leads into the next track. Another one, "In Search of an Out of Body Vibe," is funny too and although it doesn't lead into the next track, it is still from the same episode. However, the other skit, "TV [...]" is a complete mystery to me as it has nothing to do with any songs and ends with Bart saying "TV [...]." I don't understand why they cut out what Homer replies in the actual episode, "Since I know you're upset, I'll pretend I didn't hear that." Okay, it's not that funny but it still would have been better to end the skit with a punchline. Also, the track "Boy Scouts-N-The Hood" has a song in it ("Springfield Springfield") but has so much dialouge both before and after the song is sung that it feels more like a skit too.
Don't get me wrong, Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato are top-notch, but the Simpsons are a notch higher. With "See My Vest," "It Was a Very Good Beer," and "Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart?" you'll laugh with that silly, gut-busting laugh you enjoyed as a little kid.
Cameos by Tony Bennet are surprising. He's a bit classier than Homer, but they pull it off.
My favorite Homer line, "But I wanted a peanut." My favorite Bart line, "Oohm, that's good squishy." Hear both in context.
Themes/credits galore are here, with homages to every known pop TV show in the last 15 years. Their musicians did an amazing job melding "Hill Street Blues" with the closing Simpsons credits. It sounds as if it were meant to be.
If you are considering buying this as a novelty, go for it. After a few infectious listen-tos, you'll have given a novelty that will be funny even after the gag.
I fully recommend "Songs In The Key Of Springfield." While you are at it, check out "Silly Songs With Larry."
I could not possibly mention every one of this disc's marvelous highlights in the space of a short review. But here are a few of my favorites--
"We Do" (The Stonecutters' Song): A maniacal anthem for a wacky secret society. "Oh, Streetcar!": Snippets from a full-blown musical version of "A Streetcar Named Desire." The "Itchy and Scratchy" Main Title Theme: The demented theme song of the ultraviolent cartoon show-within-a-show. "The Amendment Song": A brilliant "Schoolhouse Rock" parody which savagely satirizes the anti-flag burning movement. The medley from "A Fish Called Selma": This musical montage includes the unforgettable musical version of "Planet of the Apes," complete with Phil Hartman's superb vocal performance as Troy McClure.
There are also some excellent instrumental pieces, most notably the many variations on the familiar end credits music: an Afro-Cuban version, an Australian version, a "Hill Street Blues" homage version, and more. Snippets of dialogue are included in many of the tracks.
And the album is not all satire and hilarity. There are some genuinely touching moments, such as Lisa's tribute and farewell to her musical mentor, jazz musician "Bleeding Gums" Murphy (the "'Round Springfield" medley).Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This was just what I wanted and it arrived in great shape.Published 14 months ago by Lisa Hennessey
While "The Simpsons Sing The Blues" seemed to be a quicky cash-in job to make somemore money off of Simpsons-maina, "Songs in the Key of Springfield" delivers... Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2003 by bill_the_great
Whoa, momma! For a Simpsons fan, it doesn't get any better than this. A bunch of great, hilarious music from the funniest TV show ever. Read morePublished on June 4 2003 by Johnny Heering
While a lot of the tunes make me chuckle (as well as joining in singing), the only thing that disappointed me were the relatively learge number of different versions of the theme... Read morePublished on May 15 2003 by Dean Thomas
This is a must own for fans of "The Simpsons" series! Every track made me laugh, especially "We Do", "It Was a Very Good Beer" and "Stop the... Read morePublished on March 24 2003 by lost_in_space82
THIS has to bee one of the best CD's ever! I love classical music very much, so I'm not saying I like this better than that. Read morePublished on March 19 2003
This is as funny as the funniest Simpsons episode times 10. Great moments from the show, put into context and set expertly to music. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2002 by Kim Castle
Like "Entertainment Weekly" said, "The Simpsons" is the greatest show in the history of television! That said, it's one of those institutions that virtually EVERYONE likes, which... Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2002 by D. Hawkins
The track selection is excellent. I especially like the dialogue in between, tying the songs together, helping give you an idea of which episode it comes from, if you couldn't... Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2002 by ChiefSanch