The Simpsons: 20 Greatest Songs In The Show's History
18. Everybody Hates Ned Flanders
Episode: Dude, Where's My Ranch? After Homer's less-than-flattering song about Flanders dominates the airwaves (a producing credit from David Byrne probably didn't help), the Simpsons quickly tire of hearing it and so escape to a guest ranch. You can't really blame them the song certainly is catchy, with renditions appearing all across Springfield from Apu's karaoke version to the church choir. Even Flanders himself is unable to resist, cheerily singing along to such lines as ''If you despise polite left-handers/Then I doubt you'll like Ned Flanders/ Or his creepy little offspring Rod and Todd.'' Curiously, Flanders' name is misspelled throughout the song. But this isn't the biggest injustice no, that'd be the gloriously stilted William Shatner cover version...
17. 'The Love-Matic Grampa' Theme
Episode: The Simpsons Spin-Off Spectacular In an accident as tragic as it is hilarious, Abe Simpson is crushed to death by a supermarket shelf. Rather than reach the Pearly Gates, his soul is instead sent back to earth or more specifically, a love tester machine standing inside Moe's Tavern. From here he dispenses relationship advice from beyond the grave. It's one of the most ludicrous spin-off concepts ever created, and deliberately so; everything from the canned laughter to the opening credits are a parody of such fantasy sitcoms as Bewitched and My Mother The Car. Its opening lyrics (''While shopping for some cans, an old man passed away...'') hardly strive for solemnity nor indeed, as we watch poor Abe fall victim to an avalanche of figs, sensitivity. Let's hope someone finally gets around to filming a live-action version - keeping this theme song, though, of course. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CG3GnJZpSc
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