Monday, December 2, 2002


Well, I finally got around to watching How I Spent My Strummer Vacation tonight. Season Fourteen has been a controversional subject for Simpsons fans, because the true blues out there know that the show has been going downhill ever since Maude Flanders died.

Embarrassing truth: I loved this episode.

How could I not? It had Mick Jagger, Keith Richards (yes, that really is Keith), Elvis Costello (I mean, damn!), Tom Petty... My boyfriend of many years finds it distracting to have too many guest spots, and most of the time I agree with him (case in point:"Tennis the Menace" from Season Twelve, starring Venus and Serena Williams, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras), but in this case, it made up for the Simpsons cast itself (with the exception, as always, of Apu, for whom, incredibly, there is no character file at SNPP - follow link above) being, well, pretty boring.

It's fairly true that most of the non-musically oriented things that Mick Jagger affiliates himself with identify him as fairly over the hill, but this stuff was great. My favorite part, though, was Lenny Kravitz's seminar on crotch-stuffing. Big laffs!

In conclusion, despite the fact that the episode that actually aired tonight was the worst of the worst, I'm going to keep watching. Troy McClure didn't know how right he was when he said, "Who knows what kinds of adventures they'll have between now and when the show becomes unprofitable?"

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