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12 Best Rock Star Cameos on The Simpsons

Homer Simpson as Freddie Mercury on The Simpsons

The Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Peter Frampton, and Cypress Hill, “Homerpalooza” (1996)

The Smashing Pumpkins on The Simpsons

Fearing he’d become out of touch musically, Homer took Bart and Lisa to familiar-sounding traveling alternative music fest “Hullabalooza,” where The Simpsons took on grunge culture. The kids rocked out as Smashing Pumpkins performed “Zero,” and Cypress Hill tried to reunite a lost child with their family before their set. 

Smashing Pumpkins were extremely good sports in “Homerpalooza,” which captured a moment in time. “Thanks to your gloomy music, [my kids have] finally stopped dreaming of a future I can’t possibly provide,” Homer told Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, who hilariously replied, “Well, we try to make a difference.”

Sonic Youth also cropped up in a fun food-related cameo. The band swiped a giant watermelon slice from Peter Frampton‘s cooler—as one does.

Watch: The Smashing Pumpkins perform “Zero”