‘The Simpsons’ Pay Tribute to Yusuf Islam

From Homerpalooza to Paul McCartney’s visit, there have been countless musical moments on The Simpsons during its 26 seasons, and on its 550th episode, the long-running animated series paid tribute to Cat Stevens’ landmark 1970 album Tea for the Tillerman during its episode-opening couch gag. In the minute-long bit, we see idyllic scenes of Springfield – modeled after Stevens’ own album artwork – as the singer’s “Tea for the Tillerman” soundtracks the action.

In the opening, a three-eyed seagull soars overhead, Mr. Burns dumps toxic waste into a lake, and Bart, Lisa and Ralph Wiggum enjoy a swing set in the tribute, which comes just weeks before Yusuf Islam releases his new album Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, the singer’s first LP since 2009, on October 27th.

The couch gag ends with Homer reenacting Tea for the Tillerman’s iconic album cover, but of course the meal ends with a “D’oh!” If the song sounds familiar, it’s because “Tea for the Tillerman” was previously used as the theme to Ricky Gervais’ Extras. (Surprisingly, The Simpsons didn’t also make use of the Tillerman track “Sad Lisa.”)…

I never watch the show. Looks like I am not missing much.

(Photo: Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens with his wife and daughters)