Eye On Springfield with Mort Subite

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After posting my review of the Curezum single One Hundred Years/The Top, I was informed that Mort Subite was a huge fan of The Simpsons. Obviously, I was very excited to find out that someone behind my favorite new project dedicated to the music of my favorite band was way into my favorite show. Based on some of the interviews I’ve read with Mort, he seems like a guy with a brilliant sense of humor. Especially when talking about the idea behind Curezum. The Cure and black metal should never, in theory, work together, but Mort and crew pull it off. Their single is being released today and everyone should go pick it up.

Thanks to Mort for answering my nerdy Simpsons questions!

What is your history with The Simpsons? Do you remember the first time you saw the show?
I’ve literally watched the show since it was a short on the Tracy Ulman Show. I believe the first time I saw it was one of the Ulman epsidoes where Homer and Marge are tucking the kids into bed and they end up giving them all existential crises. It was a point of pride that I didn’t miss the airing of an episode for nearly 11 years after that, though whatever “cred” that’s garnered me is probably equally as dubious as whatever “cred” I’ve gained from Curezum.
Who is your favorite character?
It’s tough to say. If we’re talking pre-Flanderization, it’s Homer, hands down, simply because he’s potentially the greatest cartoon character ever created. The not obvious answer would be his (deceased) nemesis Frank “Grimey” Grimes, for the simple fact that he’s the only character in the history of the show to kind of “pierce through the veil” of the consensus reality of the characters on the show, exposing Homer for what he became, even though Grimey paid the ultimate price for it.
Do you have a favorite episode(s)?
That’s an almost impossible question, but favorites that spring to mind are “Bart Vs. Australia,” “Homer Badman,” and “El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer.” “Burns’ Heir” and “Bart on the Road” are perennial favorites as well.
The Simpsons has had a wide array of guest stars. Do you have a favorite?
Sideshow Luke Perry.
Who from the world of metal would you love to see guest on the show?
Actually it would be kind of hilarious if Varg Vikernes pulled a Werner Herzog and started appearing in cartoons. Werner’s always in on the joke, but the surreal disconnect of Varg showing up in some kind of twisted, not at all self-aware guest capacity as himself would be a totally hilarious headfuck.
What character would you be most excited to find out was a fan of Curezum?
Milhouse. Not excited exactly. Unsurprised would be a better descriptor.
Do you have a favorite musical number from the show? Also, what band would you love to see cover said song?
We’re Talkin’ Softball, covered by The Baseball Project, which is Peter Buck from R.E.M.’s baseball themed indie rock side project. The mere fact that I know that exists haunts me, and that it was the first thing that sprung to mind means I should probably get my head looked at.
Obvoiusly, the correct answer is Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want To Get Off, covered by Ulver.
I’ve always thought that Lisa Simpson would be the one character to eventually discover metal or punk. What character do you think will be a metalhead?
I have long assumed Kearney, Jimbo, Nelson and Dolph were all really into Priest and Maiden, so that’s probably just a foregone conclusion, but I bet you dollars to donuts Jefferey Albertson listens to power metal. Or at the very least, Stovokor.
Do you still watch the new episodes of the show? If not, do you remember why you stopped watching?
From about the age of 21 to around 26 or so I traveled the country extensively with little access to television, so my Simpsons addiction fell by the wayside of busking and, shall we say, “extra-curricular activities.” Season 11 is probably the last full season I paid attention to. A few years ago I attempted to play catch-up and got about as far as season 16 before the inconsistency did me in. I gave current seasons a few chances and there were some real gems here and there, but again, it was the inconsistency that killed it for me. I have no desire to buy a season on Bluray just to get some decent episodes, and even then have to hunt them out and remember which ones are good for future reference. The show still has the capacity to be great, it’s just really hit or miss anymore.
Finally, how would you like to see the series end? Any ideas on where you would like to see the family end up?
I take no credit for this. Three years ago, /u/kungfukats69 posted this on reddit and quite honestly, if and when the show ends, if it doesn’t end like this, then there’s something truly wrong with the universe:
“The show begins with the family watching Itchy and Scratchy. They announce that the show is coming to an end and the entire family gasps in horror. They then announce that the last episode will be aired in a year’s time, and until then, a contest will be running; this contest will offer the winner the chance to write what will happen in the finale. The entire Simpson family applies.
Krusty is in charge of choosing the winner. He falls in love with one of the Simpsons’ idea and puts it in winners box. He makes a mistake though, he puts all five of their ideas in the box by accident. He goes on his show to announce the winner and pulls out five cards out of the box. Stumped, he reads all five names out, “Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie.”
Flash forward a year later and Bart is in class describing his take on the Itchy and Scratchy finale to Milhouse, while showing us Itchy and Scratchy with Bart’s voice-over. He finishes and the class is silent, Edna Krabappel is staring at him and says, “After-school detention.” The scene then cuts to the power plant and Homer is describing his finale to Lenny and Carl. He finishes, a bell rings and he gets in a radiation suit. The scene cuts to a supermarket and Marge is describing her take to Helen Lovejoy, she finishes and strolls Maggie in the trolley to another aisle. Here, Maggie sees the unibrow baby and starts describing her take via waving and motioning. She finishes and the scene cuts to Lisa, she begins describing her take to Sherri and Terri. She finishes and picks up her saxophone to go to music practice. She walks in the music room sits down and then sees the time. She realises the show is going to be on in ten minutes. She plays the Itchy and Scratchy melody on her sax and bolts out. It cuts to Bart, he’s writing on the black board: “I will not talk in class ever again” he hears a bell, realises the time and runs out. Cut to Homer holding some plutonium at a conveyor belt when a bell rings at the plant and he too realises the time and runs off, dropping some plutonium. Cut to the supermarket and we see Marge and Maggie checking out and running through the exit doors. Cut to a birdseye view of their home and we see everyone rushing to take a seat in the couch. They look at each other, they smile, the Itchy and Scratchy music plays, and it cuts to credits.” (permalink to the comment on reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/FanTheories/comments/yecdu/how_the_simpsons_should_end/c5ut3ux)
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