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The Simpsons Sing the Blues

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This article is about the album. For the book, see The Simpsons Sing the Blues (book).
The Simpsons Sing the Blues
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Album Information
Released: December 4, 1990[1]
Recorded: September 1990
Genre: Hip hop, blues, rhythm and blues, soundtrack, jazz
Length: 42:22
Label: Geffen Records

The Simpsons Sing the Blues is the first of many Simpsons albums, and the only Simpsons album ever released in LP record format. The album contained originally recorded music, produced during the early second season. It was due to be released in October 1990,[2] but pushed to November 1990,[3] and finally released on December 4, 1990.


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 not 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.

A book was also released in 1991 featuring the lyrics of the songs.

Chart Performance/Sales[edit]

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.

Track listing[edit]

Track number Name Length Singers Notes
1 "Do the Bartman" 5:10 Bart Simpson (anonymously co-written and co-produced by Michael Jackson)
2 "School Day" 3:56 Bart Simpson Featuring Buster Poindexter (vocals) and Joe Walsh (slide guitar)
originally by Chuck Berry
3 "Born Under a Bad Sign" 3:07 Homer Simpson Featuring B. B. King (guitar) and the horn section from Tower of Power (horns)
originally by Albert King
4 "Moanin' Lisa Blues" 4:48 Lisa Simpson Featuring Joe Walsh (slide guitar), John Sebastian (harmonica), and the horn section from Tower of Power (horns)
5 "Deep, Deep Trouble" 4:26 Bart Simpson Featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff (scratches)
6 "God Bless the Child" 4:29 Lisa Simpson Cameo by "Bleeding Gums" Murphy
originally by Billie Holiday
7 "I Love to See You Smile" 3:07 Homer Simpson, Marge Simpson Featuring Dr. John (piano solo)
originally by Randy Newman
8 "Springfield Soul Stew" 2:37 Marge Simpson based on "Memphis Soul Stew" by King Curtis
9 "Look at All Those Idiots" 3:50 Mr. Burns, Smithers
10 "Sibling Rivalry" 4:40 Bart, Lisa