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Homer Shake

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Homer Shake
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Special Information
Original Airdate: March 1, 2013
Celebrating: Harlem Shake parody
Length: 0:37 (YouTube)
0:20 (couch gag)
Channel: YouTube
Directed By: Timothy Bailey

Homer Shake is a FOX special short that first aired on March 1, 2013. The scores is 30-second long. A 20 seconds version was later used instead of the opening sequence for "Gorgeous Grampa" in the original US version only.


Homer's singing is heard over a video of Maggie dancing while wearing a helmet. The rest of the family are sitting on the couch seemingly oblivious to Maggie. After a while, the rest of the family start dancing too. The camera zooms out to show more people of Springfield dancing along to the song.


They could not use the original music for the given time of constraints and the licensing costs made so they could not make a deal to license the song. The music scores started on February 26, 2013 for Scott Clausen and Chris Ledesma. Two scores mades a 30-second and a 20-second version. The 30 would be for Internet viewing, the 20 as the couch gag. Scott trying first to compose something that sounded like "Harlem Shake" but was original and Ledesma searched on to music libraries to find sounds that fit the general groove and mood. Scott's and Ledesma's first work was rejected for not being close enough by Matt Selman. Scott compose then a sound-alike version of the original while incorporating the theme song that was accepted. Dan Castellaneta was after that called in for a vocal session. Castellaneta sang in music editing terms, he did not sing them to any rhythm guide or pre-recorded track. After Ledesma had Scott's tracks he cut all Dan's singing into the song and laid each "D'oh" into the groove with varying rhythms and syncopation.[1]

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