Barbershop is in danger of growing stale. I’m taking it to strange new places. — Barney Gumble, “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet”
The Be Sharps’ final throes parody the acrimonious ‘Let It Be’ sessions, which are widely reported to have led to the demise of the Beatles (despite the fact that they still had their most perfect of perfect albums in them).
Succumbing to the pressures of being the best and most beloved rock band of all time, the Beatles members were at each other’s throats throughout the recording process, with Barney/John and Apu/George at one point coming to blows.
The album’s hodge-podgy recording—consisting of both live performances and the more traditional overdubs approach…along with the rightly maligned input of sleaze merchant Phil Spector—nonetheless resulted in some pretty groovy tunes in the end.
And of course there was that famous rooftop show:
Watch that video and then check out the following shot…notice how the show’s creators switch Paul’s and Ringo’s animated counterparts from the earlier scene (check the coats):
These are just a couple of the many, many Beatles references made in “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet”…we’ll likely return to this episode in the future. Have a D-lightful weekend, everyone.