Sorry, pop music. The Cream readers have spoken, and it is, in fact, time for you to retire the phrase "Can't stop / won't stop." Too bad! I guess you'll have to go back to comparing life to a book and love to a dance floor and shit. Speaking of pop music! I was going to have today's poll be about Beyonce, since the woman absolutely slayed with a 16-minute medley at the MTV Video Music Awards this weekend, but the question would be "Beyonce, do you want to be my best friend?" and the only option would be "Fuck yes I do" and it'd be rigged so only Beyonce could vote, which wouldn't be much fun for you.
So instead of gushing about Bey for a million hours (I'm always up for that, though — call me if you want to talk), let's talk about The Simpsons! Seeing as how the world is on Day 7 of a 12-day Simpsons marathon (it will wrap up on Sept. 1), I've been feeling a bit nostalgic for some of my favorite episodes. One of my all-time favorites is "Stark Raving Dad," the episode wherein Homer befriends a mental patient who believes he's Michael Jackson. Bart gets the man to write Lisa a birthday song, and it's the sweetest thing that's ever happened in animated television history. (Fun fact: Michael Jackson wasn't allowed to sing the song because of contractual obligations, so they had to hire an impersonator named Kipp Lennon. MJ did voice the rest of the character's lines, though — he's credited as John Jay Smith.)
There have been a lot of other memorable band appearances, too. I remember watching "Homerpalooza" in ’96 and being so stoked that the Smashing Pumpkins were on the show (along with Sonic Youth and Cypress Hill); The Ramones hilariously sang "Happy Birthday" to Mr. Burns; Judas Priest (who are not death metal) sang about respecting the copyright law; and in 2002, Homer and his friends went to a rock 'n' roll summer camp run by The Rolling Stones (which also featured appearances from Elvis Costello, Tom Petty and Lenny Kravitz). And because I know y'all love Jack White so much, of course we can't forget when The White Stripes' "Hardest Button to Button" got the Simpsons treatment.
There have been so many more — R.E.M., N Sync, Britney Spears, U2, Metallica and (barf) Red Hot Chili Peppers. So for this week's Lunchtime Poll question, I ask you: Which is the best musical moment in the history of The Simpsons? It's hard to choose, I know, so if the options don't suit you, feel free to proclaim love for your favorite moment in the comments. And we know that fellow Creamster Ashley Spurgeon weighed in with her definitive list of the best Simpsons music cameos ever, but that doesn't mean you're not allowed to have an opinion too.