Oh, Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do… — The Love-Matic Grampa, “The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase”
The melodic death rattle of the Love-Matic Grampa after he is bludgeoned into a clinking, clattering, cacophony of caliginous cogs and camshafts is actually a brief snippet from “Daisy Bell”, a selection from the American popular songbook.
The reference, however, is to a certain 2001: A Space Odyssey, a Simpsons favorite and one which produced this memorable sequence:
Note that Kubrick & Co. erroneously refer to the song as plain-old “Daisy”. Hope somebody got fired for that blunder.
Anyway, the H.A.L. musical send-off is itself a reference to the work of IBM programmers in 1961, who imbued the IBM 7094 mainframe with the data necessary for the gearbox to become the first “singing” computer. Volume up: