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2002-09-04 06:28:21 PM  
I wish it was the Sixties
I wish I could be happy
I wish I wish I wish that something would happen
-- "The Bends," Radiohead, 1995

You know, I really felt that way a lot before sept 11th. They day of, watching the carnage on TV, I thought to myself:

"Well, that's definetly something."
2002-09-04 06:28:58 PM  
Oh yeh. Boobies (hehe)
2002-09-04 06:30:23 PM  
2002-09-04 06:30:57 PM  
Just try to get to the second page.

2002-09-04 06:30:59 PM  
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Too many connections:

I love that quote from the Simpsons era!!
2002-09-04 06:31:20 PM  
Am I 'un-cool' if the only thing from that list he talks about that affects me is the Simpsons?
2002-09-04 06:31:31 PM  
WOW. That was fast!
2002-09-04 06:31:49 PM  
I smell payola.
2002-09-04 06:33:16 PM  
Still Farked
2002-09-04 06:33:20 PM  
Gotta say, I loved that article.
2002-09-04 06:33:46 PM  
Man, there sure were a lot of words there. Would someone please read it for me and post a brief synopsis. Thanks
2002-09-04 06:34:10 PM  
Everything works for me...
2002-09-04 06:34:39 PM  
No wonder. They're on PHP. Don't they know that stuff can damage your chromosomes? What a stupid wrror.
2002-09-04 06:39:27 PM  
Preaching to the Choir.
2002-09-04 06:39:34 PM  
2002-09-04 06:42:26 PM  
Sometimes i wonder why writers need an editor. This is not one of those times.

The story is broken too.... on the second page it starts blabbering about Yahoo and the internet..
2002-09-04 06:49:22 PM  
great article, i got on early before it was farked
2002-09-04 06:49:55 PM  
Simpsons who?
2002-09-04 06:51:21 PM  
Excerpt of the excerpt:

The following is an excerpt from the "The Simpsons Generation", a 12,000-word piece in the 10th anniversary issue of Shift -- available on newsstands in Canada now or by subscribing. In the piece, Chris Turner -- winner of this year's President's Medal at the National Magazine Awards in Canada for an essay he wrote for Shift last year -- takes a look at the cultural and social forces that shaped the past decade: The Simpsons, the dot goldrush, Nirvana's Nevermind, The Onion, American Beauty, the 1998 Lemonwheel concert, Burning Man, Radiohead's OK Computer, The Whassup guys, 9/11 and the Bush administration's response to that ("go shopping"), raves, and more.


I wish it was the Sixties
I wish I could be happy
I wish I wish I wish that something would happen
-- "The Bends," Radiohead, 1995
On Thursday, January 21, 1993, around 8:20 p.m. EST, I was standing on the edge of the dance floor at a campus pub called Alfie's in Kingston, Ontario, with a glass of cheap draft in my hand. Every seat in the joint was taken, the chairs and tables all jumbled into a kind of auditorium arrangement, and all eyes were fixed on the big-screen TV set up on the dance floor itself. The third and final act of Episode 9F11 of The Simpsons ("Selma's Choice") was just beginning, and there was a certain expectant tension in the room.

Now, 9F11 had already had some crowd-pleasing moments. The premise of the episode was that one of Marge's aunts, Gladys, had died a bitter spinster, setting a panicked Selma (one of Marge's ghoulish twin sisters) on a quest to have a child before her biological clock runs out. The episode had opened with a TV commercial for Duff Gardens -- a theme park inspired by Springfield's favourite brew -- that showed the Duff "Beer-quarium," an enormous mug of beer full of "the happiest fish in the world." (This joke played especially well with the Alfie's crowd, with hooting and cheering accompanying the image of one fish, cross-eyed and smiling, bumping repeatedly into the glass.) Later, as Selma set about the doomed task of finding a father for her child -- via video personals, random passes at assorted minor characters, and a visit to the sperm bank -- 9F11 had filled in with the usual grab bag of great gags. Selma showed her sexy side by tying a lit cigarette in a knot using only her mouth; the Sweat-hog whose sperm was available for purchase turned out, to everyone's disappointment, not to be Horshack; and, in a stellar example of The Simpsons' ability to condense note-perfect parody into a few short seconds, another TV ad for Duff Gardens featured a brief snippet of the teen variety act "Hooray for Everything!" singing a saccharine bastardization of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side," in a wonderfully silly send-up of Up With People. All in all, it'd been a solid episode through those first two segments, and certainly no one nursing their beers through the second commercial break that night could be completely disappointed.

By January of 1993, however, the crowds that gathered to watch The Simpsons around North America had come to expect not just solid but full-on transcendent. In Alfie's and a thousand other campus pubs, in dormitory common rooms and rec rooms and living rooms, in local taverns and sports bars (for The Simpsons was, by this time, the kind of TV event you wanted to share with your peers), the expectations ran high. It was midway through The Simpsons' fourth season -- and about two years into what was, as I'll explain more thoroughly in a minute, a five-or-six-year run of pop-cultural virtuosity that was by far the most important cultural institution of the last decade -- and The Simpsons had become something far more than a clever cartoon. In the fall of 1992 alone, at least every other of the eleven episodes aired -- if not every episode aired -- had been an instant classic. What's more, the episode that had aired the previous Thursday (9F10:"Marge vs. the Monorail") had been nothing short of a masterpiece.

All of which is to say that for many of us watching that Thursday night -- at Alfie's and elsewhere -- the critical bar had been set awfully high, and our collective anticipation was palpable. This new episode had had its moments, as I said, but it hadn't rocked the house to its very foundations. And we'd all learned that The Simpsons was capable of doing just that -- consistently and thoroughly.

The Simpsons came back on, and the crowd at the pub went quiet. Because Homer was sick -- he'd been picking away at a rotting ten-foot hoagie for weeks -- it had fallen to Selma to take Bart and Lisa to Duff Gardens. Chuckles from the crowd as Bart and Lisa point out four of the beer-bottle-costumed Seven Duffs: Tipsy, Queasy, Surly and Remorseful. A few quick cuts later, Bart, Lisa and Selma are poking around a souvenir stand. Bart approaches a display of clunky sunglasses. A sign reads: "BEER GOGGLES: See life through the eyes of a drunk." All at once, the pub shakes with a single great roaring laugh. It's as if a train is suddenly there in the room, its horn blaring, without any Doppler-effect build-up beforehand. It's like a force of nature, this laugh, spontaneous and open-mouthed and enormous. It nearly drowns out the next line: Bart puts on the beer goggles and turns to Selma, who has morphed fuzzily into a voluptuous babe, posing seductively. "You're charming the pants off of me," she says in a sultry voice. The laughter at Alfie's seems then to expand out exponentially, becoming a rollicking, almost deranged sound. People are doubled over, have tears streaming down their faces, are pounding tables with fists. It's as if that single gag was written for precisely this audience. It is beyond perfect, an act of clairvoyance, a sleight-of-hand feat in which some TV-writer wizard has invaded the brains of everyone in the bar, rooted around for just the right common reference, and then brought it flawlessly to life with a deft wave of a comedic wand. The last few minutes of the show play out to continued laughter.
2002-09-04 06:53:45 PM  
I don't get all these Simpsons fans creaming their pants about the show. I mean, it's a great show, but seriously, folks. I don't remember where I was when I saw episode X; hell, I don't even remember where I was the *last* time I saw the Simpsons at all.
2002-09-04 06:53:54 PM  
So sad to see so much unrealized potential in an article.
2002-09-04 06:55:31 PM  
Piece of shift.
2002-09-04 06:57:28 PM  
Did anyone notice on the second page that it just started talking about Yahoo! WTF?

Either the page screwed up or he has the worst editor ever.
2002-09-04 06:58:37 PM  
He's right, you's that damned good.

And a Radiohead quote? Put this guy on my tab for the rest of the night.
2002-09-04 06:59:15 PM  
it's a great show, but seriously, folks.

It's not even that great. Just ok if you have 30 minutes to waste. It's OK in a land of crap Cops re-runs, springer, oprah, and ______ Court. I wish there was a Box that would block any channel I wanted when titles like Montel or donahue are on.
2002-09-04 07:06:54 PM  
Best. TV Series. Ever.

However like most clevor humor it's bound to be misunderstood by the masses. Most of the people I knew wondered why I'd watch a "children's show"
2002-09-04 07:12:22 PM  
Have I said anything about how much I hate Radiohead today? I thought the biatchy, whiny, heroine chic style went out a few years ago.
2002-09-04 07:12:42 PM  
I have shortened the article... something the editor should have done:

The article talks about canadians in a bar who cheered when references to beer where made on The Simpsons. Also, the Simpsons contains a lot of what currently is considered "fun" or "humorous". Also, Yahoo started the internet revolution.....
2002-09-04 07:13:22 PM  
LloydChristmas: Just avoid Fox... problem solved!

Oh, and Fox news... unless you are in the mood to hear some real bullshiat.
2002-09-04 07:22:39 PM  
09-04-02 07:12:42 PM Joe_Defroster
I have shortened the article... something the editor should have done:

The article talks about canadians in a bar who cheered when references to beer where made on The Simpsons. Also, the Simpsons contains a lot of what currently is considered "fun" or "humorous". Also, Yahoo started the internet revolution.....

You didn't write it did you? It was just weird reading about the Simpsons, ending on a quote (a great one, have to remember that) then into something about Yahoo. Then talks about Yahoo, and another Simpsons quote later... but I guess it is cut down from 12,000 words, but it is a strange summation. Looks like the Simpsons article would be an interesting read tough.
2002-09-04 07:25:08 PM  
oops, can't write tonight. It seems as though it is two different articles, or some grander things not just on the Simpsons that I don't know about.... man, I am so tired I don't what I am doing. ahhh... I should go to bed.

2002-09-04 07:25:41 PM  
Did they use a Swingline 747?
2002-09-04 07:26:03 PM  
#fark all you Simpsons haters, watch "The Factor" if you can't stand it so.
2002-09-04 07:29:26 PM  
Ignore the comment above which was meant for another thread.
Yes I am insane.
2002-09-04 07:34:27 PM  

ehhhh..... no, i did not write the linked/original article. That is why i was making fun of it.
2002-09-04 07:50:52 PM  
in canada the "f" is silent.
2002-09-04 07:52:28 PM  
LloydChristmas: Just avoid Fox... problem solved!

Oh, and Fox news... unless you are in the mood to hear some real bullshiat.

Hehe.. that is a good start. I get the national feeds for the networks and it is all syndicated crap in the afternoon no matter which one you watch. I like Foxnews cause they say mildly smartass shiat that would get a person fired at CNN. They aren't that good at news though. Damn Pope waves to a crowd or a dog gets stuck in a storm drain in Kansas and it is a Foxnews alert. I am Waiting for the Foxnews alert that donahue has been cancelled. Then there is that Right wing Bias you could drive a fleet of Mack trucks through.
2002-09-04 07:59:54 PM  
All I can say, is that this guy hit the nail on the head.
2002-09-04 08:11:12 PM  
anyone who read the article would know that the writer is talking about the older epsiodes of the simpsons when it was still actually funny. anything from the last 4-5 years on that show has been utter crap. anyone who likes the newer ones more is truly an idiot, or just ignorant.
2002-09-04 08:11:59 PM  
epsiodes.. heh. i meant episodes of course.
2002-09-04 08:14:53 PM  
Alfie's is the campus bar at my University.... this makes me cool, right?
2002-09-04 08:21:52 PM  
simpsons is mandatory family viewing in my house. and the recent stuff is as good as any (eg chili cook off), but otherwise, what he said, except for the non sequitor yahoo crap.
2002-09-04 08:34:49 PM  
the chili cook-off isn't very recent though. What about "the simpsons go to africa"? that one is brand new, and frankly, it's garbage. There aren't many things in the world that I both love and hate at the same time, but the simpsons is one of them.

it represents the best of television (or any medium at that) at its prime and also the very worst of television nowadays.
2002-09-04 08:34:56 PM  
The Simpons is best written show ever.
2002-09-04 08:37:48 PM  
LloydChristmas: Just avoid Fox... problem solved!"

The Fox network has produced a few good shows... No, the Simpson's aren't #1, but neither was Married With Children. Yes, both are good for a laugh or two when you've got 30 mins. to waste. What's wrong with repeats and reruns, some aren't too bad... DOH!
2002-09-04 08:38:57 PM  
He mentions OK Computer and then quotes a song from The Bends? Errr....

Fine by me, The Bends is better in my opinion.
2002-09-04 08:46:41 PM  
well i haven't actually watched tv for years (cept world cup and olympics) but chili cook off was memorable and reasonably recent. any way, simpsons and married with children resonate with my set, in a metaphysical/comic/cosmic way. course , i'm a geezer, not a geek, but fun to watch you kids bleat on.
2002-09-04 09:16:41 PM  
does he EVER shut the hellup?!
2002-09-04 09:17:32 PM  
The Simpons...
2002-09-04 09:24:58 PM  
In the very beginning, I said, "no no NO." Then, my son whined, and I said, "Ok, we'll all watch one show."

Now, our family gathers every Sunday (well, except now my son's off to COLLEGE -- see what that show'll do to ya!!!!)
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