The Simpsons Sing the Blues is the first of many Simpson's Albums, made in 1990. The album contained originally recorded music. It is the only Simpsons' Album to originally release in LP vinyl format.
An early musical number, "Do the Bartman", leads the album as the first track and the first single released. It was an international success, including being the UK number one single on February 16, 1991, staying there for a further two weeks being certified Gold after selling over 400,000 copies. This was over 5 years before the show was actually shown on mainstream British TV, though it had premiered on the satellite channel Sky One in 1990. The album was released in the same month, and reached number six. This song is considered a style parody.
Though "Bartman" was hugely popular on North American radio and video music channels, it was never released commercially as a single.
The second single released, "Deep, Deep Trouble" also did well in the UK, reaching number 7. Both "Do The Bartman" and "Deep, Deep Trouble" were released as music videos in 1991.
Different cast members lent their voices to the album with both new material and covers of classic blues songs.
There were a number of notable musicians who appeared on the album, including B. B. King, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Dr. John and Marcy Levy.
The album was a success in the United States where it peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200, becoming the highest peaking album for The Simpsons franchise. However, despite the high peak, the album remains uncertified, according to the RIAA website.
The album was also a success in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at #6 on the country's albums chart. The album was eventually certified Gold in the UK.
- "Do the Bartman" (anonymously co-written and co-produced by Michael Jackson)
- "School Day" (originally by Chuck Berry)
- Bart Simpson
- Featuring Buster Poindexter (vocals) and Joe Walsh (slide guitar)
- "Born Under a Bad Sign" (originally by Albert King)
- Homer Simpson
- Featuring B. B. King (guitar) and the horn section from Tower of Power (horns)
- "Moanin' Lisa Blues"
- Lisa Simpson
- Featuring Joe Walsh (slide guitar), John Sebastian (harmonica), and the horn section from Tower of Power (horns)
- "Deep, Deep Trouble"
- Bart Simpson
- Featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff (scratches)
- "God Bless the Child" (originally by Billie Holiday)
- "I Love to See You Smile" (originally by Randy Newman)
- "Springfield Soul Stew" (based on "Memphis Soul Stew" by King Curtis)
- "Look at All Those Idiots"
- "Sibling Rivalry"
The Simpsons Albums
|The Simpsons Sing the Blues (1990) ● Songs in the Key of Springfield (1997) ● The Yellow Album (1998) ● Go Simpsonic with The Simpsons (1999) ● The Simpsons Movie: The Music (2007) ● The Simpsons: Testify (2007)|