Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and a chorus of Springfield's most sublime voices

(oh, and Jackson Browne, David Byrne and B-52s, too)

Features songs from seasons 10-18

In Stores September 18, 2007 from Shout! Factory

Jul 16, 2007, 01:00 ET from Shout! Factory

    LOS ANGELES, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A soundtrack so highly anticipated
 that even Homer would get off the couch to celebrate its arrival, THE
 SIMPSONS: TESTIFY is finally here! Set for release on September 18, 2007
 from Shout! Factory, The Simpsons: Testify music CD spotlights material
 culled from award-winning composer Alf Clausen and features the
 unmistakable voices of America's most beloved TV family: Homer (Dan
 Castellaneta), Marge (Julie Kavner), Bart (Nancy Cartwright), Lisa
 (Yeardley Smith), and Springfield's various townsfolk (Hank Azaria and
 Harry Shearer). The soundtrack kicks off with Danny Elfman's unforgettable
 main title theme, and continues with a collection of the best songs from
 the last nine seasons of the longest running primetime comedy on TV today.
 The album arrives just in time to accompany the premiere of Season 19 of
     Only on THE SIMPSONS: TESTIFY can you find a range of great talents
 from Jackson Browne to "Weird Al" Yankovic, both willing to engage in
 self-parody that reflects the show's uncanny irreverence. And then there is
 David Byrne, who while hearing a list of his vast musical accomplishments,
 adds with pride "And I used to wrestle under the name 'El Diablo!'" It is
 Byrne who helps Homer realize the full odious potential of "Everybody Hates
 Ned Flanders," even contributing an extended salsa remix, "No Me Gusta
 Flanders." We're also treated to the lyrical styling of the endearingly
 homicidal Sideshow Bob (as voiced by Kelsey Grammar) as he reexamines his
 overwhelming loathing of Bart Simpson on "The Very Reason That I Live."
     THE SIMPSONS: TESTIFY puts the music front and center, as the songs
 featured were mixed specifically for this new album. For the first time,
 the brilliant re-imagining of Broadway hits Evita, My Fair Lady, and The
 Sound Of Music can be fully appreciated for all of their satirical nuance.
 In "My Fair Laddy," Groundskeeper Willie plays Eliza Doolittle to Lisa's
 Henry Higgins, as Willie learns both elocution and manners to the refrain
 of "What flows from the nose, does not go on my clothes." And in "Yokel
 Chords," Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel and his hillbilly brood take the
 place of the von Trapp family, with Lisa again playing the role of teacher.
 In this memorable parody from the most recent season, the Sound Of Music
 line "I am sixteen going on seventeen" becomes "I have eight teeth, going
 on seven teeth." Of course.
     Any SIMPSONS fan will no doubt remember Ricky Gervais memorable
 appearance as the Marge-obsessed Charles Heathbar, who serenades Marge with
 "Lady," which spends more time explaining its lyrics (in song) than
 actually saying anything romantic, with the possible exception of the
 closing exhortation, "don't die."
     For those of us with a love of musical theater and the American popular
 songs, THE SIMPSONS has certainly carved out an iconic place in musical
 history by communicating in song at the highest level. Never in recent
 memory has a television series made such effective use of both songs and
 underscore to advance plot points, support the characters' emotions and put
 a lasting smile on the viewer's face.
     Now entering its nineteenth season, THE SIMPSONS, a modern cult classic
 created by Matt Groening, remains one of TV's most popular programs -- in
 all demographics. The show premiered on FOX as a half-hour comedy series
 January 14, 1990, and received numerous Emmy(R) awards for Outstanding
 Animated Program. Nearly all of the music for this weekly animated
 half-hour series is composed or arranged by composer Alf Clausen, who has
 received 2 Emmy(R) awards and 20 Emmy(R) nominations for his Simpsons
     THE SIMPSONS is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th
 Century Fox Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, and Al Jean are the
 executive producers. Film Roman is the animation house.
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