‘The Simpsons’: 15 notable musical guest appearances

August 21, 2014
Photo: Simpsons James BrownBeginning Thursday, August 22, FXX will air all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons" consecutively. The epic marathon kicks off with the pilot at 8 a.m. and runs a staggering 12 days through Labor Day on Sept. 1.
Throughout its 25 years, "The Simpsons" has had more than a handful of notable musical guest appearances, and we thought we'd highlight a few of our favorites:
  • Ringo Starr:  “Brush with Greatness” Season 2, Episode 18
  • George Harrison:  "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" S5 E1
  • The Ramones:  “Rosebud” S5 E4
  • Paul McCartney:  “Lisa the Vegetarian” S7 E5
  • James Brown:  “Bart’s Inner Child” S5 E7
  • Sonic Youth:  “Homerpalooza” S7 E24
  • Johnny Cash (Voice of Coyote ):  “El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer” S8 E9
  • Hank Williams Jr. (Sings “Canyonero!”):  “The Last Temptation of Krust” S9 E15
  • Yo La Tengo (music during intro):  “D’oh-in in the Wind” S10 E6
  • Elvis Costello:  “Weekend at Brunsie’s” S13 E21
  • David Byrne:  “Dude, Where’s My Ranch?” S14 E18
  • The White Stripes:  “Jazzy and the Pussycats” S18 E02
  • Colin Meloy (The Decemberists):  The Day the Earth Stood Cool” S24 E7
  • Tom Waits (As Lloyd):  “Homer Goes to Prep School” S24 E9
  • Sigur Rós: “The Saga of Carl” S24 E21
Check out the full episode schedule to catch your favorites. And get prepared with this story from NPR.