Queen’s ‘The Simpsons’ History: D’OHn’t Stop Me Now
"The War of the Simpsons" (1991)
The first time The Simpsons acknowledged Queen was way back in its second season. "The War of the Simpsons" found Homer and Marge Simpson attending a marriage counseling weekend retreat. Homer, however, is more intrigued by the presence of a famously large catfish on the nearby lake, General Sherman, and sneaks out early one morning to try to catch it. It causes him to miss that day's session, but he manages to lure it in and kill it. On his way back to the dock, he sings "We Are the Champions," with Marge waiting for him with a disapproving look on his face.
Two years later, Homer is busted for drunk driving, and promises to Marge that he'll go a month without drinking. While pouring out a six-pack into the kitchen sink, he sings a parody of Frank Sinatra's "It Was a Very Good Year." "When I was 17, I drank some very good beer," he sings. "I drank some very good beer I purchased with a fake ID / My name was Brian McGee / I stayed up listening to Queen / When I was 17."
"Wild Barts Can't Be Broken" (1999)
After a victory by the Springfield Isotopes baseball team, Homer, Barney, Lenny and Carl go for a drunken joyride that finds them driving through the halls of the elementary school. They wind up in the shower of the boys' locker room, naked and singing "We Are the Champions." They try to move on to "We Will Rock You," but it's curtailed when Barney slips and falls.
"Three Gays of the Condo" (2003)
"Three Gays of the Condo" was the first of two Queen references found in Season 14. Homer leaves Marge and moves into an apartment in a gay neighborhood. In order to get her husband back, Marge hires "Weird Al" Yankovic to sing for him. Homer asks if Weird Al ever got the lyrics he sent to him. When Yankovic says he did, Homer responds, "Which one was better, 'Livin' la Pizza Loca' or 'Another One Bites the Crust?'" Yankovic replies, "They were pretty much the same, Homer," to which Homer responds, "Yeah, like you and Allan Sherman."
"Moe Baby Blues" (2003)
Through an unusual set of circumstances, Moe the bartender finds himself taken with baby Maggie Simpson. Eventually Moe goes too far with his bonding, and they wind up cutting him off. But when Maggie goes missing and is discovered in the midst of a mob war, Moe winds up rescuing her. The family realizes the need for Moe to be in Maggie's life, and Homer suggests a playdate. A photo montage of Homer, Maggie, Moe and a ham enjoying a day out is set to Queen's "You're My Best Friend."
"Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em" (2006)
When Marge's decision to go into carpentry fails because people are unlikely to hire a woman, she hatches a plan to have customers think Homer is doing the work while she hides in a giant tool chest. At one point, she's in the box moaning disapprovingly and, in order to drown out the noise, Homer starts singing "We Will Rock You," with Lenny and Carl pounding out its famous rhythm on the chest. But when Carl gets a bit too enthusiastic, Homer backs away.
"My Fare Lady" (2015)
After Homer is placed in charge one night, Moe's Tavern is destroyed and Moe has to take a job as a janitor at the nuclear power plant. When an inspection team from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission shows up, Moe wonders how come the lead inspector is clean-shaven when he has a mustache on his ID badge. "I was Freddie Mercury in a Queen cover band," he explains, "but then I got demoted to Brian May."