The Simpsons has entered its 27th season, which means the writers have resorted to tactics like pretending the inane, odd partnership between Homer and Marge could ever be torn asunder. In the wake of that devastating plotline choice, Homer falls for Candace, a young pharmacist played by none other than Lena Dunham. We knew all that. What we didn’t know is that the two would bond over a prescription drugs and alcohol trip soundtracked by Spacemen 3’s “Big City (Everybody I Know Can be Found Here).”
Spacemen 3 was formed in 1983 by Peter Kember aka Sonic Boom, and Jason Pierce (who now leads Spiritualized) but broke up in 1990. Kember was thrilled by the placement, and told The Wall Street Journal that requests for licensing the group’s music come often, but he normally says no. This one elicited a much different response:
When I saw the script I was psyched. I couldn’t imagine a sweeter use of that track in this context, and particularly in context of a “trip” scene. [That is] something that’s usually for me a high point of The Simpsons oeuvre. I imagine it is what people in bands secretly, or openly, dream of. Animation is so useful for these sort of stretches of reality.
Watch several clips of the scene below.