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  1. If there is a band that I love as much as Led Zeppelin, it is the Allman Brothers Band. I think that Duane Allman is the most underrated guitarist- part of the magic of discovering them was finding out just how good he was and yet I'd never really heard of him before. Besides being a world class finger style soloist, he was absolutely the greatest slide guitarist who ever lived- the Jimi Hendrix of slide. I plan on posting a link to an Allman Brothers video once a week or so- this is one of the greatest live bands ever, after all. I'm going to start with the video that was played at their Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. All the stuff at the beginning was added by somebody, but by the time it says ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND macon georgia that's what it is. This video was made with two different films of Duane Allman (the only ones of decent quality that are known to exist), plus clips from other eras and still photos. A good intro for someone who doesn't know the band too well, and just a plain cool vid for those who do: The Allman Brothers Band HOF Video As many of you will know, this lineup up of the band was tragically short lived, with Duane and Bassist Berry Oakley dying in eerily similar motorcycle crashes in 71 and 72. But the band had their greatest chart success in 73, and since 1989 have been featuring musicians of the highest quality to fill Duane and Berry's shoes. To hold down a chair in the ABB is to be one of the very best- they don't care how you look or act, just if you can play, play, play. This collage features a picture of every ABB guitarist from 1969 to the present. If you don't know who any of these guys are, come to this thread and find out! Each one of them is a virtuoso of the highest caliber. I've seen the band play live over 20 times since 1994 with different lineups. And I can tell you this- each one of them the set list was completely different, and each time the show was completely different- always good, sometimes stellar! Just what I love about Led Zeppelin live. So who else out there loves the Brothers? Stop by the thread and eat a peach!
  2. I can take or leave Stevie Nicks era Fleetwood Mac (though I think Lindsay Buckingham is very talented) but I LOVE Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac! Jimmy has sited The Mac as an influence, and I think there's plenty to inspire a Zep fan Green's work. Here are some vids - more to come! Rattlesnake Shake Oh Well A lot of people have pointed out the similarities between Oh Well and Black Dog, see what you think . . .
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    The Sarcasm Thread

    Oh yeah, like this deserved to be dragged to the new board. Truly a worthy vehicle for my first post here. I'm touched that you've all been worried about me, BTW. But I'm afraid I shan't be staying. When it came to Led-Zeppelin.Com, I didn't come so much for the "Led" or the "Zeppelin", but for the "-". And without that "-", I simply can't go on. So good night, sweet princes and princesses, lips oh you the doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss a dateless bargain with message board cold turkey.
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    G.O.A.T. game

    Liked this one at the old board. It's easy- pick something to ask about, answer the previous posters' question and type in your own question. Greatest NFL running back of all time?
  5. Just thought we could use a place for Potter related posts. I mostly wanted to do it to post the new puppet pals YouTube vid, "Wizard Swears". I think it's right bloody hilarious. "WIZARD SWEARS" SPOILER BELOW- look only if you've watched the video!!!! Leprechaun taint! LEPRECHAUN TAINT! :hysterical:
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    Little Feat

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmG8sdaeCYk...feature=related Any other Feat fans here? Check out this amazing slide performance on Cold Cold Cold
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    The Ask and Answer Thread

    I like this one at the old board, so here goes: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
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    Led Zeppelin Tabs

    I figure it's only appropriate that the first thing posted in this new Musician's Corner section is a Stairway intro tab. Doing our part to get a new generation of budding pickers kicked out of guitar stores!
  9. Which would proclude him from receiving a writing credit from Atlantic for the length of the contract. Are you trying to claim it isn't germaine to the subject? Semantics it may be, but you said as A lyricist, not THE lyricist. If that's what you meant, why the hell did you get your knickers in a twist when I said it was highly dubious that it was his first lyrical contribution to the band? As far as stage ad libs not being writing Bong Man, would you say the same for the riffs Jimmy discovered ad libbing on stage? Whole Lotta Love was only one of those. There is more than one way to write, and on stage discoveries through improvisation definitely count.
  10. Quote from Wikipedia Robert Plant Entry: Plant and Page immediately hit it off with a shared musical passion and after Plant joined the band, they began their writing collaboration with reworkings of earlier blues songs, although Plant would receive no songwriting credits on the band's first album, allegedly because he was still under contract to CBS Records at the time. Article sitations: ^ Led Zeppelin In Their Own Words compiled by Paul Kendall (1981), London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-86001-932-2, p. 14. ^ Dave Lewis and Simon Pallett (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4, p. 10. ^ Hammer Of the Gods, by Stephen Davis ISBN 1-57297-306-4 (p.48-49) ^ Gilmore, Mikal (August 10, 2006). "The Long Shadow of Led Zeppelin". Rolling Stone (1006). Retrieved on 2007-12-09.  ^ The History of Rock 'n' Roll: The '70s: Have a Nice Decade ^ http://www.superseventies.com/ssrobertplant.html ^ "Stairway to Heaven, Paved with Gold: Led Zeppelin’s Snowdonia." The Independent, 6th April, 1991. Also sited on the Led Zeppelin Infrequently Murmured Trivia List " Robert Plant did not receive any songwriting credits on 'Led Zeppelin' as he was still under contract to CBS at the time."
  11. I'm not sure why I should, considering the disprespectful way you've treated me in this thread. But why not? You're on the losing end of this one. I'm well aware that a quote exists from Jimmy Page that 'Thank You' was the first song Robert wrote all the way through by himself. But that's not what you're trying to claim, you say that 'Thank You' was Robert's first attempt as a lyricist for Led Zeppelin, which would imply that Robert made no contribution to the lyrics of Led Zeppelin I. For what it's worth, the story about Robert being under contract to CBS is all over the web, including on Robert's Wikipedia entry. Substantiating it in a book will have to happen when I'm home from work. I don't know about the rest of you, but "It feels good to have you back again And I know that one day baby, it's really gonna grow, yes it is. We gonna go walkin' through the park every day." sure sounds pretty Robert to me.
  12. Plant received no songwriting credits on Led Zeppelin I because of contractual obligations to CBS, but to claim that he had no involvement in the lyrics prior to 'Thank You' is highly dubious at best.
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    A primer for message board users

    If someone earns a Hitler comparison, I say give it to them.
  14. Knebby: If you truly visit this forum, Zep members, get your asses to Wembley. Not so I can see the show. So I can see Levee swing naked from the gates of Buckingham Palace.
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    The editing remains the same

    I'm just glad to know it exists. As we now know from the release of the long rumored EC footage, f it exists, there's a good chance it will come out some day. In a way, I hope it comes out unofficially; because if "the editing remains the same", Jimmy will edit out every Beatles snippet, and "Where's Bonham?".
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    The editing remains the same

    Good to see you too, sir! You're probably right, highlights in a HTWWW type set does sound more like Jimmy. (HTEWW?) But from the sound of things, Jimmy would never release it. Morbidly, I think we might have to wait until Jimmy is no longer in charge of Zeppelin. UNLESS it's all a smokescreen and the tapes are excellent. Maybe the tapes weren't too bad to give to the Japanese subsidiary label, but too good. In my mind, there isn't much better live zep than Japan '71. I could see Jimmy wanting to keep "Live In Japan" in his holster for one more round of DVD/HTWWW style madness. But I think it's unlikely. I'm just happy the tape exists in some form. Any recording made with a six track is probably pretty good, I'm sure Jimmy thinks the new Paris 69 tape sucks too! This is a pet subject of mine because I think this confirmation from Dave Lewis hasn't gotten enough attention from bootleg fans. Certainly 9/29/71 is one of my favorite shows, and the idea of a potentially massive upgrade in sound quality is mind boggling. And if there's more than one show?
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    The editing remains the same

    Some of the Japanese shows were recorded at the insistence of Atlantic's Japanese Warner Pioneer Label. Grant recalls: "There was this six track transistorized board. Jimmy was a bit worried about this, so the deal I made was that they could record if we could have the tapes and take them back to England and approve it. So Jimmy listened to them and found them to be terrible. So he took the tapes back and wiped over them and used them again. So it was goodby 'Live in Japan'. Page did in fact rediscover some of these tapes when researching their tape archive in 1997, but they were not considered good enough to warrant official release when it came to sourcing material for the DVD and the live album in 2003. - From the 9/29/71 entry. "Some of these tapes"- does that mean some tapes of one show . . . or tapes of some shows? Can you imagine a multi show box set of Japan 71 shows, professionally recorded? Just because they don't come up to Mr. Page's very exacting audio standards doesn't mean they won't sound damn good to a bunch of bootleg fans like us.
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    The editing remains the same

    That was the word for many years, Peter Grant even recounted that in an interview and said "so it was goodbye, Live in Japan". But, in his new version of "A Concert File", Dave Lewis confirms that the tapes exist and were reviewed for the HTWWW/DVD project and rejected. I'll post a quote tonight . . .
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    So it's come to this. If there's any justice, they wont go through with it. You've always been a credit to this site. And in case anyone is reading, this is an UNSOLICITED compliment.

  20. Courage at a pinch! Something Tookish woke up inside you that day, Bilbo. If there's any justice in the world it won't be forever.

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    The editing remains the same

    So far as I know, there isn't even rumor that pro shot footage exists of these shows. However, there is multitrack audio of Japan, I feel like Jimmy may be saving that for one of his last big bang releases, hard to imagine a Led Zeppelin live release that could top Live In Japan 1971. And as far as footage goes, Bath '70 is out there, and that has the potential to be the best footage of the band that exists. Fingers crossed!
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    Band Meeting

    I agree. Knebby is extremely judicious about the way she doles out inside info on this site. She does not behave like someone who is trying to make the most out of a personal connection. Rather than make post after post about how inside she is, it's my strong impression that Knebby refers to her inside info only when some person's wayward post (being kind and not saying bullshit post) compels her to speak up, when she can't stand to see thoughtless untruths go uncorrected. I think she handles it quite well, and if others didn't think so you can bet she'd stop being an insider real quick.
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    Band Meeting

    I used to argue with Knebby in the early days about Robert having mixed feelings about Led Zeppelin due to the way he used to talk about Zeppelin in the press. And I even though I'm not entirely ready to let that theory go, I think I understand where he was coming from now that I have seen firsthand the maelstrom of speculation and rumor that come with the band reforming. My god! Whatever he may have personally felt, Plant must have had no choice but to tell people that Zeppelin was dead, dead, dead just to get a moment's peace and to have someone take his solo career seriously for five seconds. And so, the simple answer is that with a tour, or with a DVD- the answer will be categorically NO until it is categorically YES. Led Zeppelin do not have the luxury of "maybe" ; large swaths of their fanbase are too rabid to read "maybe" as anything but a total commitment, and the wildfire of speculation is harmful. Look at the way Allison Krauss, a phenomenally talented artist, has been dragged over the coals and compared to Yoko Ono on this site. Disgusting. BTW- those arguments I had with Knebby were in reunion rumor threads, in which she was constantly saying a categorical NO, just as Robert was. Even though I favored a reunion, I got so tired of all the useless speculation that I posted a pager full of exploding smilies any time someone started a new reunion rumor thread, and there were a lot of them. Let's just say that I stopped doing that because the categorical NO stopped, and it was Knebby that delivered the message. She knew before anyone else on this board or any other board knew. And that's why I wouldn't dare question her sources- I'm happy to rely on track record, thank you very much. So question her all you like suckers, more face time for me.
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    did your mom ever find your stash?

    One time I accidentally left a roll of film on my dresser when I left to go back to college after spending the summer at home. My parents developed it, and there were a few pictures of me making stupid faces with my friend Steve after we had acquired a little green bag. And actually, it wasn't so little.
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    The Simpson Thread

    Matt, I agree with you on season 3-6 but disagree on the MVP. I say Season 4 gets the crown. Episodes that make my top ten in bold: 60 - 1 "Kamp Krusty" Bart and Lisa go to Kamp Krusty for the summer. However, their promises of a fun summer at Kamp Krusty are broken when the director of the camp, Mr. Black is revealed to be a ferocious accountant. Meanwhile, Homer is rejuvinated with the kids gone and even begins to regain his hair and lose weight. All of the kids at the camp are treated horribly and Bart survives by clinging to the promise that Krusty himself will soon arrive. However, when this does not happen, Bart leads the campers into a rebellion and takes over the camp. Homer sees a news report about this and immediately loses his hair and regains his lost weight. The real Krusty arrives at the camp and decides to make it up to the kids by taking them to Tijuana, Mexico. 61 - 2 "A Streetcar Named Marge" Marge is cast in a musical production of A Streetcar Named Desire as Blanche DuBois after the play director sees how Marge's deep-seated depression when dealing with an uncaring Homer. She begins to struggle with a difficult part of shoving a glass bottle into the brutish Stanley Kowalski (played by Ned Flanders), but manages to get over it by imagining Homer as Stanley. Marge begins to get angry with Homer as she begins to see parallels between him and Stanley. At the end of the musical, Marge believes Homer didn't pay attention and confronts him with hostility. However, Homer explains that he was genuinely moved by Blanche's situation. Marge realizes that Homer really did watch the musical, and the two happily leave the theater. Meanwhile, Maggie is sent to the Ayn Rand School for Tots where she attempts to retrieve her pacifier from a strict daycare attendant. Guest star: Jon Lovitz. The Great Escape Homage! The Birds Homage complete with Hitchcock sighting! And Lovitz! llewellyn Sinclair! "I have directed three plays, and had three heart attacks! During my production of "Hat's Off To Hanukah!", I reduced more than one cast member to tears. Was I too hard on third graders? Review speaks for itself. Play Enjoyed By All!" 62 - 3 "Homer the Heretic" While skipping Sunday's church services, Homer discovers the joy of staying home and having the house all to himself while Marge and the kids experience a rambling sermon from Reverend Lovejoy. Homer decides to start his very own religion customized for himself, despite Marge's continuing objections for giving up his faith. Marge, Reverend Lovejoy, and Ned Flanders all attempt to convert Homer back to Christianity and fail. The next Sunday morning, Homer is once again at home, but accidentally sets the house on fire and is rescued by Flanders. After the blaze is extinguished, Reverend Lovejoy suggests that God was working in the hearts of Homer's friends, despite their different faiths and this convinces Homer to give church another try. First appearance of God. 63 - 4 "Lisa the Beauty Queen" Lisa's self-esteem breaks after she sees a crude drawing of herself at Springfield Elementary's fair. When Homer wins the Duff Beer raffle and a ticket to ride on the Duff Blimp, he sacrifices the ticket for the money in order to get Lisa entered into a beauty pageant. Although originally reluctant to enter, she competes, but finishes second. However, the winner is hospitalized and Lisa is immediately declared the new Little Miss Springfield. She is forced to become a shill for Laramie Cigarettes and after seeing children smoking, decides to fight back by protesting against the dangers of cigarettes at her appearances, and also vows to target the corruption of Mayor Quimby. Quimby and the Laramie officials meet and use a technicality to dethrone Lisa. Homer is upset that Lisa lost her title, but Lisa reminds him that he originally entered her in the contest to help her self-esteem, which it has, and she thanks him. Guest star: Bob Hope. 64 - 5 "Treehouse of Horror III" In the third Treehouse of Horror episode, the Simpson family holds a Halloween party and several family members tell scary stories: Clown Without Pity - In Lisa's story, Homer buys Bart a Krusty doll which turns out to be evil and tries to kill Homer. King Homer - In Grampa's story, in a King Kong parody, Mr. Burns hires Marge Bouvier to trap an ape beast who looks like Homer. Dial "Z" for Zombie - In Bart's story, Bart discovers an occult book and tries to use one of the spells to bring back the family cat, but instead summons a swarm of zombies. Best . . . ToH . . . Ever. "Take that, Washington! Eat lead, Einstein! Show's over, Shakespeare!" "Is this the end of Zombie Shakespeare!" "Dad, you killed the zombie Flanders!" "He was a zombie?" 65 - 6 "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie" At Springfield Elementary's Parent Teacher night, Mrs. Krabappel tells Homer and Marge about Bart's behaviour. Wanting Bart to one day become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Homer decides to punish Bart. However, he never makes his punishments stick and Bart continues on his destructive path. Marge confronts Homer and he agrees that next time he will make his punishment stick. Meanwhile, Bart finds out that Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie is about to hit threatres and immediately buys a ticket. However, when Bart one day forgets to watch Maggie, Homer bans Bart from ever seeing the movie. Bart tries everything to see the movie, but Homer refuses to budge and after the movie closes, Homer declares that one day Bart will thank him. In a flashforward fourty years into the future, Homer and Bart, now Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, decide to watch the movie together. First appearance of Bumblebee Man. 66 - 7 "Marge Gets a Job" The Simpsons' house begins sinking into the ground. Marge decides to earn extra money to repair the foundation by working at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and Homer is dismayed about having to work alongside his wife. However, Mr. Burns falls deeply in love with her and begins to seduce her. However, Marge resists and Burns fires her after discovering she is married. Homer stands up for Marge and an impressed Mr. Burns treats them to a free Tom Jones concert. Meanwhile, Bart continually fakes sick to get out of taking a test. Guest star: Tom Jones. 67 - 8 "New Kid on the Block" The Simpsons' next door neighbors move and are replaced by a single mother, Ruth Powers and her daughter Laura. Laura becomes the object of Bart's affection but Bart becomes heart broken after learning that her boyfriend is Jimbo Jones. Meanwhile, Homer wages war against the Sea Captain's seafood restaurant The Frying Dutchman, for falsely advertising their "all-you-can-eat" buffet. Guest stars: Sarah Gilbert and Pamela Reed. First appearances of The Sea Captain and Ruth Powers. 68 - 9 "Mr. Plow" After demolishing both his and Marge's family cars during a snowstorm, Homer buys a snow plow and starts a business plowing driveways. He calls his business "Mr. Plow" and becomes a huge success. Barney Gumble, inspired by Homner decides to start his own rival company and becomes Springfield's new favorite snow plower. Homer tricks Barney into plowing the dangerous Widow's Peak. Barney does so, but gets trapped in an avalanche and after seeing a news report about it, Homer rushes to save him. Homner saves Barney and the two decide to work together, but God melts all of the snow. 69 - 10 "Lisa's First Word" While attempting to get Maggie to say her first word, Marge the story of Lisa's first word. In 1983, Marge, Homer and Bart are living in the Lower East Springfield district and Marge announces that she is pregnant. She and Homer decide to move into a house to support their bigger family and move into their present day home. Lisa is born during the 1984 Summer Olympics and Bart immediately becomes jealous of her. He tries several things mean things to her, but only manages to get himself in trouble. Bart decides to run away, but Lisa says her first word: "Bart". Bart discovers that Lisa loves him and embraces her as his sister. In the present day, Homer puts Maggie to bed, saying he doesn't care if she never talks. Once he leaves, Maggie says her first word: "daddy". Guest star: Elizabeth Taylor. 70 - 11 "Homer's Triple Bypass" Due to his many years of eating unhealthy foods, Homer needs to have a triple bypass surgery. He has to choose between the $40,000 operation set by Doctor Julius Hibbert, which he can't afford or the $129.95 operation by Doctor Nick Riviera. When he chooses the cheaper surgery, Homer begins to accept that he may die. However, the operation goes well and with a little help from Lisa, Dr. Nick saves Homer's life. 71 - 12 "Marge vs. the Monorail" After Mr. Burns is caught storing his excess nuclear waste inside Springfield Park's trees, he is ordered to pay the town $3 million. The town is originally set to agree to fix Main Street, but the charismatic Lyle Lanley interrupts and convinces the town to use the money to buy one of his monorails. The town embraces the suggestion and Homer is hired as the conductor, but the only person remaining not so pleased about the whole situation is Marge. She discovers suspicious evidence and visits a town that had previously purchased one of Lanley's monorails. She discovers that Lanley is indeed a con man and rushes back to town. However, she arrives too late and the monrail has began to operate, but Homer is convinced to use an anchor to stop the train, thus saving the passengers. Guest stars: Phil Hartman and Leonard Nimoy. 72 - 13 "Selma's Choice" Marge's Great Aunt Gladys Bouvier dies and the Simpsons, Patty, and Selma attend her funeral. During the reading of her video will, Gladys tells Patty and Selma not to die lonely and miserable like she did. Though Patty doesn't care, Selma decides that she wants a baby. Meanwhile, Homer eats a spoiled hoagie, and becomes dreadfully ill. As a result, he can not fulfull his promise of taking Bart and Lisa to Duff Gardens and Selma agrees to take them instead. However, Selma struggles with parenting and decides she is happy taking care of her pet Iguana Jub Jub. Guest star: Phil Hartman. I think the sequence involving Homer's love affair with a 10 foot hoagie is perhaps the funniest in Simpsons history. Add to that Lisa's drug trip ("I am the Lizard Queen!" "Can't talk, comin' down." ), the Seven Duffs, sperm donor Barney . . . this one might be my #1. 73 - 14 "Brother from the Same Planet" After leaving Bart alone at soccer practice, Homer's inept parenting prompts Bart to get a "Bigger Brother" named Tom. Homer finds out about this and decides to get revenge by taking part in the "Bigger Brother" program and taking charge of a young boy names Pepi. Pepi and Homer begin to bond and Bart starts to regret taking advantage of the program. At an aquarium, Homer and Tom meet and begin to brawl and Homer is injured. Tom becomes pepi's new Bigger Brother and Bart bonds with Homer by asking him to share his knowledge of fighting. Meanwhile, Lisa becomes addicted to calling a 1-900 number featuring a pretty-boy celebrity named Cory. Guest star: Phil Hartman. 74 - 15 "I Love Lisa" On Valentine's Day, everyone in Lisa's class receives a card, except Ralph Wiggum. Out of pity, Lisa quickly writes one up and gives it to him, much to Ralph's delight. Ralph begins to develop an interest in Lisa, but Lisa is not interested. However, she does not know how to get rid of him. Ralph invites her to go to Krusty's 29th Anniversary Special and she reluctantly accepts. During a televised talk session with Krusty, Ralph declares that he loves her and Lisa explodes and declares that she never liked Ralph. Ralph becomes heartbroken. For the President's Day play, Lisa is cast in a role as Martha Washington and to her horror, Ralph gets the role of George Washington. She becomes afraid that Ralph will embarrass her again, but Ralph gives a rousing performance. After the play, Lisa and Ralph decide to just be friends. 75 - 16 "Duffless" After taking the Duff Brewery tour, Homer is caught driving drunk and is arrested. His license is revoked and he must attend traffic school and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. After much reluctance, Homer agrees to Marge's suggestion of giving up drinking beer for an entire month. He struggles to make it, but eventually does and decides to forgo a reward of a beer by taking marge for a Bicycle ride. Meanwhile, Bart demolishes Lisa's science project of a steroid-pumped tomato, prompting Lisa to make a science project pitting Bart against a Hamster. Guest stars: Phil Hartman and Marcia Wallace. 76 - 17 "Last Exit to Springfield" After learning that Mr. Burns' decision to revoke their dental plan has coincided with Lisa needing braces, Homer convinces his coworkers not to give up their dental plan and becomes the new head of the workers union at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. He holds talks with Mr. Burns, but these go badly because Homer is not intelligent enough to understand Burns' sly innuendos. The plant goes on strike and Mr. Burns decides to take away the electricity for the entire town. However, this just encourages the workers union and Burns decides to reach a deal with Homer. Guest star: Doctor Joyce Brothers. "Dental Plan! Lisa Needs Braces! Dental Plan! Lisa Needs Braces!" Also includes the most evil dentist ever and another drug trip for Lisa: Purple Submarine followed by a Joker parody. An all time classic, another candidate for #1. 77 - 18 "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show" In the first Simpsons clip show, it's April Fool's Day and Homer starts playing pranks upon Bart through the day. Bart, angered by the numerous amount of tricks he has fallen for, plans the ultimate revenge on Homer by shaking a can of beer so hard that it causes an explosion. While Homer ends up in a coma, the family reminisces about their past adventures. Bart eventually admits to being the cause of Homer's condition and Homer immidiately awakens and begins strangling Bart. 78 - 19 "The Front" After watching a terrible lackluster episode of The Itchy & Scratchy Show, Bart and Lisa decide to start writing their own episodes and sending it to the studio. Roger Meyers, the CEO, immediately rejects their their script due to their aage. They put Grampa's name on the script and send it back, and Meyers loves it and hires Grampa. Bart and Lisa's cartoons are hugely successful and are nominated for an award. At the ceremony, Grampa finally sees an Itchy & Scratchy cartoon for the first time and is horrified. Meanwhile, Homer and Marge revisit a High School reunion, which prompts Homer to admit that he never officially graduated because he failed a science class. At the reunion, Homer's wins several awards but these are revoked, causing Homer to go to night school to make up the lost credits on the class he never passed - remedial science. Guest star: Brooke Shields. 79 - 20 "Whacking Day" Bart is expelled from Springfield Elementary School, so Marge decides to home school him. Springfield's annual holiday arrives: Whacking Day, a day specifically designed to drive snakes into the town's square and club them to death. When most Springfieders celebrate the local holiday, Lisa is appalled at the upcoming celebration, but her protests fall on deaf ears. Lisa and Bart manage to convince the town about the nightmare of Whacking Day and Principal Skinner decides to allow Bart to return to school. Guest star: Barry White. First appearance of Superintendent Chalmers. It's my opinion that the guest spots of Barry White in early Simpsons episodes influenced the character of Chef on South Park. Certainly one of the all time greatest guest star performances ever: "I love the sexy slither . . . of a lady snake. Ooooh baby." 80 - 21 "Marge in Chains" Springfield is hit with the dreaded Osaka Flu, causing many of the town to fall ill. Due to the exhaustion from having to look after the rest of her ill family, Marge accidentally forgets to pay for Grampa's bottle of bourbon when shopping at the Kwik-E-Mart. Marge is soon arrested for shoplifting and is sentenced to 30 days at Springfield's Woman Prison. Marge's absense is felt everywhere and she is welcomed back with open arms when she is released. Guest star: David Crosby. 81 - 22 "Krusty Gets Kancelled" A new show about a ventriloquist dummy named Gabbo becomes the hottest show in Springfield and Krusty's show is cancelled due to low ratings. Krusty is at first downfallen at the cancellation of his show, but Bart and Lisa manage to convince him to stage a comeback special and invite his celebrity friends to take part. The special is a huge success and Krusty's show goes back on the air. Guest stars: Johnny Carson, Hugh Hefner, Bette Midler, Barry White, Luke Perry, Elizabeth Taylor and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Honorable mention goes to Kamp Krusty, Itchy and Scratchy Movie (Steamboat Itchy! ROFL!), and Mr. Plow. ("Our forecast calls for flurries of passion followed by extended periods of getting it on.") Kills me to leave 'em out of my top ten, but there's a lot of seasons out there. BTW- Season 5 is my second favorite season.
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