Ted Nugent appeared on “The Simpsons” last night in a politically themed episode titled “Gut Check With Homer Simpson.” It’s the second time the kind-of-crazy or slightly unhinged 63-year-old hard-core conservative, deer-hunting, politically active rocker has appeared on the cartoon that’s been running since before many of you were born. This time around, Homer, the host of “Gut Check,” pegged Nugent as the GOP presidential nominee. Last time (S 19, E 4), Nugent provided the voice for a phone message urging people to vote against a proposition that would make crossbows illegal in public schools. “If we outlaw crossbows, who’s gonna protect our children from charging elk,” he said.
“The Simpsons” sitcom has a long history of giving celebrities and musicians cartoon personae, even some of the most wacked-out stars. Read on for the most insane rockers ever showcased on the show…that is, the most insane ones after Ted Nugent.
5. Anthony Kiedis–Red Hot Chili Peppers
4. Steven Tyler–Aerosmith
was the first band to appear on “The Simpsons.” Tyler
& Co. joined in Season 3 on an episode called “Flaming Moe’s
” in which the band helped popularize the disgruntled bartender’s drink (that he ripped off from Homer
) in the bar turned night club. From a distance, Tyler has always seemed loopy, but now that he’s on “American Idol” spouting out lines
like, “Slap that baby on the ass and call me Christmas!” it seems pretty clear he’s completely nuts.
3. Kid Rock
got the “Simpsons” treatment on Season 11. In the episode “Kill the Alligator and Run
,” he provides a beach concert and a reason for Homer to go rogue during the family’s spring break vacation. Since anyone who marries Pamela Anderson
after the Tommy Lee
fiasco must be cracked, Kid Rock makes our list.
2. Pete Townshend–The Who
You don’t hear Townshend’s voice in “A Tale of Two Springfields
“–it was actually his brother Paul. Townshend may not have participated in drummer Keith Moon’s hotel explosions, but he destroyed nearly 100 guitars from 1964-1973 valued at an estimated
$1 million in today’s dollars. Townshend’s additional madness with drugs and pornography are sure to be discussed in his upcoming memoir
1. Dee Dee Ramone–The Ramones
member Dee Dee
died from a heroin overdose in 2002. About a decade earlier, the group performed for the surly Mr. Burns on his birthday, but of course Burns was unhappy with his gifts. Considered the “wildest and most fragile” of the group, Ramone wrote an autobiography later in life called “Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones,” in which he documented his drug addiction, crazy childhood and sex expolits, among other things. He also recorded a horrible rap album.
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