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The Simpsons: Backstage Pass [DVD] [1990]

Dan Castellaneta , Nancy Cartwright    Parental Guidance   DVD
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The Simpsons: Backstage Pass is a veritable rock & roll extravaganza: you'll hear a classical version of "Insane in the Membrane" and watch The Who destroying rubbish with pure guitar power. It also features guest performances by The Who, Cypress Hill, The Smashing Pumpkins, Peter Frampton and Spinal Tap.

In "Homerpalooza", Homer has a mini mid-life crisis caused by his inability to recognise new bands in the local record store (not even Sonic Youth). The result is a trip for him and the kids to the "Hullabalooza" festival where Homer fulfils his rock star dreams by touring as part of the freak show. "A Tale of Two Springfields" sees the town divided by a change in area code, which only The Who can solve with their infinite wisdom: "Why don't you get phones with auto-dial?". In "The Otto Show" Milhouse and Bart enjoy their first outing to a rock gig to see top super-group, Spinal Tap. Finally, "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" offers the rare opportunity to see Homer sing as part of Springfield's B Sharps, who allegedly rocked America back in 1985!

On the DVD: The Simpsons: Backstage Pass offers a collection of Otto's finest moments, proving what a cooool guy the local bus driver is. Otherwise the disc is barren of extras. Picture is standard 4:3 and you can choose between English, French and German audio languages with a vast range of European subtitle options. --Nikki Disney

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Four rock-and-pop themed episodes from the groundbreaking animated TV series. In 'The Otto Show' Bart gets a guitar and Otto moves into the Simpson household. 'Homerpalooza' has Homer visit the alternative rock festival Hullabalooza. 'A Tale of Two Springfields' finds Springfield split in two and Homer doing his best to lure The Who, scheduled to play the East, over to the West. 'Homer's Barbershop Quartet' sees Homer recall the days when he was a member of chart-topping singing group The Be Sharps.

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Worried he is out of touch with the times and a disappointment to his kids, Homer purchases tickets to the ultra cool "Hullabalooza Music Festival" and takes Bart and Lisa. At the concert, Homer tries to blend in but is soon rejected by the Generation X kids. As the crowd rock to Cypress Hill and The Smashing Pumpkins, Homer gets cross and in his rage kicks a cannon...which then fires a cannon ball into his stomach! Surviving the blow seemingly unscathed, Homer is employed by the Festivals Freak Show and joins the tour!

A Tale of Two Springfields (250th Episode)
When Springfield gets an additional area code, Homer can't cope with having to remember the three extra digits and goes on a mission to divide East and West Springfield. As Mayor of the West side, Homer renames it New Springfield and wages war on all those in Olde Springfield, claiming it's elitist. With the nuclear power plant on his side of town, Homer knocks out the power to everyone in Olde Springfield, and before long the two sides are destroying each other, culminating in most residences of New Springfield jumping ship. It takes a visit from The Who to urge the Springfielders to set aside their area code differences and get speed dialling!

The Otto Show
Bart and Milhouse go to their first heavy metal concert to see Spinal Tap! With Homer waiting in the car outside, the boys get their first taste of life in the fast lane. Totally overwhelmed by the experience Bart decides he wants to be a rock star, so Marge agrees to buy him a guitar. On the school bus, Otto demonstrates his skills on Bart's guitar but in doing so makes them late. Racing to get to school in time, Otto drives like a man possessed! After a number of drivers ring up to complain, Otto must face Principal Skinner to confess he doesn't even have a driving license. Suspended without pay and forced out of his home, Otto moves into the Simpsons' garage

Homer's Babershop Quartet
At a Springfield car boot Sale, Bart and Lisa unearth an album entitled "Meet the Be Sharps" with a picture of Homer on the cover. When they ask Homer about it, he reminisces back to 1985, when he, Chief Wiggum, Principal Skinner and Apu formed a Barbershop Quartet. Thrilling Springfield crowds they even get a Manager, who decides Wiggum is a little too "Village People" and recruits Barney instead. The Be Sharps are set for stardom; with sell out concerts, a hit record, and a Grammy under their belts could they end up as the next Fab Four???

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