Ever since Amoeba fan/Simpsons creator Matt Groening recently paid tribute to Amoeba Music by including an Amoeba Music Hollywood fashioned building (renamed Protozoa Records) in the Season 24, Episode 7 Simpsons show titled "The Day The Earth Stood Cool" that aired in early December I have been scratching my head and wondering what if Homer Simpson were to stop into Amoeba for some music shopping? What would he buy? What would be included in a Homer Simpson's WIMB (What's In My Bag?) episode if he were to go crate digging at Amoeba Music? Based on the numerous songs Homer has cited (most well worn Top 40 pop/rock hits that the cartoon character supposedly grew up listening to) and have been featured in episodes in the long running animated series, now in its 24th year, this is my stab at what Homer's WIMB might look like.
Bear in mind that this list only scratches the surface since over the years Groening and company have incorporated such a long list of hit songs into The Simpsons. In fact the show must have racked up quite a bill in copyright fees to license all this popular music for the show. But it is worth it since music often plays such an important role in so many episodes of The Simpsons - especially the Homer related songs. For example, when Homer and Marge pop into the open house next door to them and he imagines buying the house and what it would be like living next door to himself, just how horrible that would be, as he visualizes himself always playing Journey's "Separate Ways" and at way too loud volumes.
Feel free to add in (in the comments below) any key Homer faves I may have omitted in my Homer's WIMB list that follows, along with select accompanying show clips, immediately below this Simpsons clip of Homer sharing his favorite song of all time - "It's Raining Men" by the Weather Girls (and co-written by Paul Shaffer).
I imagine that all of Homer's Amoeba picks would be CDs, and mostly greatest hits CDs since that's where his taste generally lies. In addition to the Weather Girls and Journey, Homer Simpson might pick up CDs by Golden Earring ("Radar Love" is close to his heart since he sang it one night driving home, only changing the lyrics to "I got some pizza and I'm bringing it home"); Steve Miller Band (for "The Joker" which he sang in a such a bad, off key manner that it was pure brilliant in a Mrs. Miller kind of way). Oh, and listening to Homer sing "I'm a toker" reminded me that he would also have to pick up Deep Purple for the song "Smoke On The Water" which, in one famous smoking marijuana episode (he had a medical card for the pot), he sang "smoker on the water." Another greatest hits CD for Homer to pick up might be Queen's (for "We Are The Champions" which he once flipped into his own version of "I Am the Champion"), and Suzanne Vega's "Luka" which he once sang while driving. In another episode his silhouette behind the drawn living room's blinds is heard, much to the embarrassment of Lisa outside the house with friends, singing his version of Chumbawamba's "Tubthumping" with the Homer-fied lyrics:
In a classic Simpsons instance of Homer mishearing what is actually being said there was the episode where, to get needed medical help for someone, Marge cries out, "Someone perform CPR" to which Homer starts singing/peforming Creedence Clearwater Revival's (CCR) "Bad Moon Rising." For pure bubblegum pop Homer would be sure to pick up The Archie's "Sugar Sugar" since he once sang along with that 1969 pop hit. Meanwhile over in the disco section of Amoeba he would no doubt get a Village People greatest hits CD for his fave song by that group, "Macho Man," which he once sang as "Nacho Man" while sporting a giant nacho on his head. In another Homer reworking a song's lyrics, while challenging Snake to a fight, he switched the B-52's "Love Shack" to "Glove Smack." Homer would also probably pick up some Johnny Cash since the man in black once appeared to him, in the form of a coyote, as a wise spiritual adviser in a scene that finishes with Janis Ian's "At Seventeen" playing.
Among the other possible Homer WIMB picks might be the "Spiderman Theme,"' Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love," Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," Eddie Money's "Two Tickets To Paradise," and The Chordettes' "Mr. Sandman" since there was a scene of a very young Homer featuring this late 1950s hit. Below are seven YouTube video clips that correspond with many of the Homer songs mentioned in this WIMB list with either short segments from the episodes in which he references the songs/artists or just the audio with image stills (due to copyright restrictions on republishing the show to YouTube).
Be sure to stop into all three Amoeba stores to pick up the numerous Simpsons collections such as the four disc set The Simpsons: The 15th Season DVD, or the two DVD The Simpsons [The Complete Twentieth Season] (BLU Ray) set.
Homer sings his version of Chumbawamba's "Tubthumping"
Homer singing a bit of Suzanne Vega's "Luka" and defending his girth as "glandular"
Marge said "Someone perform CPR" not "Someone perform CCR" - "Bad Moon Rising"
Homer sings along to the Archies "Sugar Sugar"
Johnny Cash appears to Homer as a spiritual guide in the form of a coyote
Homer does Steve Miller Band's "The Joker"
Golden Earring "Radar love"