Posts Tagged ‘Simpsons’

They’re all resting down in Springfield

Friday, March 20th, 2009

I recently saw The Simpsons episode Girls Just Wanna Have SumsIn it, Lisa realises that the girls aren’t being taught very much in the newly sex segregated Springfield Elementary, and masquerades as a boy so she can attend the boys’ school and actually learn something important (ie. doing a “Yentl“).

At the end of the episode the buffoonish and fey Martin Prince appears, in typically daft Rennaissance Fayre garb, playing a flute and singing Jethro Tull’s Thick as a Brick. The song then plays out over the end credits.

This is not just a Family Guy style non sequiter. An episode about a bogus educational system failing a generation of schoolchildren seems an ideal venue to reference what Wikipedia describes as “a poem by an intelligent English boy about the trials of growing up”.

Maybe I am reading far too much into this, but of all the Simpsons characters, Martin does resemble none other than Brick ”co writer” Gerald Bostock himself.

Martin & Gerald

Martin & Gerald

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6 Degrees of Francis Bacon Day 4: Otto

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Congratulations to a young man called Jason Cobley for suggesting Otto from The Simpsons, here joined by the Jethro Tull loving swot Martin Prince.

Otto

Otto is of course the heavy metal loving, license eschewing, school bus driving burnout for Springfield Elementary. He likes books that are from the vampire’s point of view, “double guitars” and exclaiming “Zeppelin Rules!” when apparently facing impending death. Otto is voiced by Harry Shearer, is the son of an Admiral, and once hired Cyanide (a loving tribute to Poison!) to play at his wedding. Plenty of possibilities for connections there then…

What next?  Make your suggestions, along with your connection, for future pictures in the blog comments, on my Twitter feed, or at the Facebook Group.

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