Continuing The Simpsons’ fantastic year after FXX’s Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, The Hollywood Bowl hosted an orchestral performance for the ages. The Simpsons Take the Bowl featured the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra performing along to famous scenes from the beloved TV series. So beloved that Conan O’Brien made a special appearance to sing “The Monorail Song” in full costume.
There are so many classic songs from The Simpsons from “Mr. Plow” to “Baby on Board,” that to hear them performed live would be such a hoot. The Simpsons Take the Bowl reminds of the of time I went to see an orchestra perform alongside clips of The Looney Tunes in Chicago.
Other celebrities who attended and performed included Weird Al Yankovic, Yeardly Smith (Lisa Simpson), Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson), Hank Azaria (Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Dr. Nick, Snake), Beverly D’Angelo, Jon Lovitz, creator Matt Groening, and more.
“Marge vs. The Monorail” originally aired on January 14, 1993, and has continued to be one of the best episodes of The Simpsons to date. I’ll admit that I have not regularly watched the series regularly for at least the past 10 years, but the show still holds a special place in my heart from when I would watch it everyday before or during dinner back in the day.
The official synopsis of “Marge vs. The Monorail”
After collecting a $3 million fine from Mr. Burns (for illegal disposal of nuclear waste), Springfield holds a town meeting to decide what to do with the money. A smooth-talking stranger named Lyle Lanley talks the townspeople into spending the money on a needless monorail…built from shoddy materials.
And here are the lyrics so you can sing-a-long:
You know, a town with money’s a little like the mule with the spinning wheel. No one knows how he got it and danged if he knows how to use it.
The name’s Lanley, Lyle Lanley. And I come before you good people tonight with an idea. Probably the greatest—Aw, it’s not for you. It’s more a Shelbyville idea.
Now, wait just a minute. We’re twice as smart as the people of Shelbyville. Just tell us your idea and we’ll vote for it.
All right. I’ll tell you what I’ll do. I’ll show you my idea. I give you the Springfield Monorail!
I’ve sold monorails to Brockway, Ogdenville, and North Haverbrook, and, by gum, it put them on the map!
Well, sir, there’s nothin’ on earth like a genuine bona-fide electrified six-car monorail! What’d I say?
What’s it called?
Patty and Selma:
Monorail…monorail…monorail… (continue over the following lyrics)
I hear those things are awfully loud.
It glides as softly as a cloud.
Is there a chance the track could bend?
Not on your life, my Hindu friend.
What about us brain-dead slobs?
You’ll be given cushy jobs.
Were you sent here by the devil?
No, good sir, I’m on the level.
The ring came off my pudding can.
Take my pen knife, my good man.
I swear, it’s Springfield’s only choice!
Throw up your hands and raise your voice!
What’s it called?
But Main Street’s still all cracked and broken.
Sorry, Mom, the mob has spoken!
And just for kicks, here’s the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles performance of “We Do (The Stonecutter’s Theme Song)” from the episode “Homer the Great,” another classic episode:
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Lyrics and plot synopsis courtesy of The Simpsons Wikia
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