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The Best Simpsons Band Cameos Ever!
Springfield rocks — literally. With apologies to Blink-182, the Who, U2, and others who didn’t make the cut, here are the show’s finest musical moments.

By Larry Dobrow, Mike Errico, July 2007

10. Red Hot Chili Peppers
Episode: Krusty Gets Kancelled

Like the Doors on The Ed Sullivan Show, the band members were told that a certain lyric didn’t pass muster with the network censor. Thus “What I got you gotta get and put it in you,” from “Give It Away,” became “What I’d like is I’d like to hug and kiss you.” Quoth Flea: “Wow. That’s much better!”

9. Metallica
Episode: The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer

Even though Otto's enthusiasm inspires guitarist Kirk Hammett to stay in the band, he learns the hard way that what constitutes a true Metallica fan is a) a ride, and b) a night of sweet, sweet lovemaking with Lars' grandmother. Hans Moleman, we salute you.

8. Paul and Linda McCartney
Episode: Lisa the Vegetarian

Lisa's tortured decision to run away from home and pursue a cruelty-free lifestyle leads her to Apu's "garden in the shade" and the outspoken vegetarians, who met the Kwik-E-Mart proprietor in India during the Maharishi days. Though Paul doesn't perform in this episode, he and Linda do speak in Beatles lyrics and snap along to the single greatest cover of "Sgt. Pepper" in the history of recorded music. Plus, we learn that if you play "Maybe I'm Amazed" backward you get a recipe for a really ripping lentil soup!

7. Robert Goulet
Episode: $pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)

It takes a special kind of hepcat to win over a discerning tree-house casino audience, and yet Bob Goulet had them in the palm of his hand from the opening strains of "Jingle bells, Batman smells ..." In a move unbefitting a showman of his caliber, he botches the microphone-as-lasso bit when it connects with an audience member’s cranium. Poor, poor Milhouse.

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