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The Simpsons: Testify is an album that features songs from the animated television series The Simpsons. It was released on September 18, 2007. It includes appearances by artists such as Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin, David Byrne, The B-52's, The Baha Men, NRBQ and "Weird Al" Yankovic, and an alternate version of the end credits performed by Los Lobos. Ricky Gervais, Steve Buscemi and Kelsey Grammer are also featured in various songs.[1]

The Simpsons: Testify
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Soundtrack album by
Various
ReleasedSeptember 18, 2007 (2007-09-18)
Recorded1999-2006
LabelShout! Factory (US)
EMI (UK)
The Simpsons chronology
The Simpsons Movie: The Music
(2007)
The Simpsons: Testify
(2007)

It includes four previously unaired bonus tracks: "Hullaba Lula" (featuring Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob), "Song of the Wild Beasts", "Dancing Workers' Song" and "Oldies and Nudies".[1]

Track listingEdit

The album features the following tracks:[1][2]

No. Title Episode[3] Character(s)
1. "The Simpsons" Main Title Theme Every Episode Danny Elfman, Fred Wardenberg, Stephen Lawrence, Bruce Broughton, Carl Johnson, Cathi Rosenberg-Turow, and Tony Geiss
2. "Testify" "Faith Off" Bart Simpson, Sherri and Terri, Abe Simpson, Patty, Professor Frink
3. "The Very Reason That I Live" "The Great Louse Detective" Sideshow Bob, Bart Simpson
4. "He's the Man" (featuring Shawn Colvin) "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily" Carl, Lenny, Lisa Simpson, Marge Simpson, Ned Flanders, Rachel Jordan & Reverend Lovejoy, Bart Simpson
5. "Stretch Dude and Clobber Girl" "Treehouse of Horror X" Announcer, Chief Wiggum & Lisa Simpson
6. "The Simpsons End Credits Theme" "Thank God It's Doomsday" Danny Elfman, Fred Wardenberg, Stephen Lawrence, Bruce Broughton, Carl Johnson, Cathi Rosenberg-Turow, and Tony Geiss
7. "Ode to Branson" "The Old Man and the Key" Charlie Callas, Charo, Mr. T, Ray Jay Johnson & Yakov Smirnoff
8. "Sold Separately" "Homer vs. Dignity" Waylon Smithers, Malibu Stacy & Mr. Burns
9. "Island of Sirens" "Tales from the Public Domain" Apu, Carl, Lenny & Professor Frink, Bart Simpson
10. "They'll Never Stop the Simpsons" "Gump Roast" Kang, Kodos & Singer
11. "You're a Bunch of Stuff" "Large Marge" Comic Book Guy, Dr. Hibbert, Lisa Simpson, Luigi, Marge Simpson, Moe, Mr. Burns, The Sea Captain & Snake
12. "What Do I Think of the Pie?" "Special Edna" Edna Krabappel, Lisa Simpson, Marge Simpson & Waitress
13. "Baby Stink Breath" "Barting Over" Misc. singers, Bart Simpson, Lisa Simpson, announcer
14. "Tastes Like Liberty" "I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can" Edna Krabappel, Bart Simpson, and Lisa Simpson
15. "Jellyfish" "A Star Is Born Again" Townspeople
16. "Homer & Marge (Love Goes On)" (featuring "Weird Al" Yankovic) "Three Gays of the Condo" "Weird Al" Yankovic
17. "Everybody Hates Ned Flanders" medley (featuring David Byrne) "Dude, Where's My Ranch?" Homer Simpson, Lenny Leonard, Carl Carlson, Moe Szyslak, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Reverend Lovejoy, Ned Flanders, and Rod and Todd Flanders
18. "I Love To Walk" (featuring Steve Buscemi) "Brake My Wife, Please" Homer Simpson, Disco Stu, Lenny Leonard, and Carl Carlson
19. "Marjorie" (featuring Jackson Browne) "Brake My Wife, Please" Jackson Browne
20. "The President Wore Pearls" medley "The President Wore Pearls" Lisa Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Principal Seymour Skinner, and Bart Simpson
21. "Glove Slap" (featuring The B-52's) "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)" The B-52's
22. "O Pruny Night" "'Tis the Fifteenth Season" California Prunes
23. "America (I Love This Country)" "Simple Simpson"
24. "America Rules" "Bart-Mangled Banner" Bart Simpson, Homer Simpson, Lisa Simpson, Marge Simpson
25. "Welcome to Moe's" "Mommie Beerest" Moe Szyslak, Marge Simpson, Bart Simpson, and Lisa Simpson, Lenny and Carl
26. "We Are the Jockeys" "Saddlesore Galactica" Homer Simpson, The Jockeys
27. "Song of Shelbyville" "The Seven-Beer Snitch" Shelbyville People
28. "A Star Is Torn" medley "A Star Is Torn" Lisa Simpson, Lenny Leonard, Lisa's rival, Ralph Wiggum
29. "Who Wants A Haircut?" (featuring Baha Men) "Thank God It's Doomsday" Bart Simpson, Lisa Simpson, Marge Simpson, and Baha Men
30. "My Fair Laddy" medley "My Fair Laddy" Bart Simpson
31. "Springfield Blows" "Million Dollar Abie" Bart Simpson
32. "King of Cats" Itchy & Scratchy medley "Girls Just Want to Have Sums" The cast
33. "Lady" (featuring Ricky Gervais) "Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife" Marge Simpson
34. "You Make Me Laugh" "Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife" Marge Simpson
35. "Lady Riff" "Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife"
36. "Poppa, Can You Hear Me?" "Sleeping with the Enemy" Nelson Muntz, Bart Simpson
37. "Yokel Chords" medley "Yokel Chords" Lisa Simpson, Principal Seymour Skinner, Cletus's kids, and Superintendent Chalmers
38. "Hullaba Lula" unaired; "Day of the Jackanapes"
39. "Song of the Wild Beasts" unaired; "The Girl Who Slept Too Little"
40. "Dancing Workers' Song" unaired; "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore"
41. "Oldies and Nudies" unaired; "Homerpalooza"

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [4]
Pitchfork Media          [5]

Dalton Ross of Entertainment Weekly praised the CD, calling it his obsession of the week and saying "The Simpsons ... is still capable of short bursts of genius. And many of them are collected on the show's latest musical collection, The Simpsons Testify. Listening to the CD reminds you what made you fall in love with the show in the first place: the random cameos (David Byrne to Weird Al Yankovic), pop-culture parodies (Stretch Dude and Clobber Girl), and knowing, self-deprecating humor (They'll Never Stop the Simpsons). My personal favorite is Ode to Branson, which pays tribute to all the washed-up celebrities of yesteryear. ... So even if the show is no longer appointment viewing in your house, this CD definitely warrants another trip to Springfield."[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Dozens Of 'Simpsons' Songs Bundled For 'Testify'". Billboard.com. Retrieved July 16, 2007.
  2. ^ "The Simpsons: Testify from iTunes Store". Apple/iTunes Store. Retrieved December 21, 2009.
  3. ^ The Simpsons: Testify Booklet
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ "The Simpsons: Testify Album Review - Pitchfork". Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "Dalton reveals his wife's new TV crush". September 20, 2007. Retrieved February 21, 2017.

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