The Simpsons: Season 14, Episode 2

How I Spent My Strummer Vacation (10 Nov. 2002)

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When Marge, Lisa and Bart find out how hard Homer struggles to keep a roof over their heads, they enroll him in a Rock & Roll fantasy camp to relax at for a week.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Moe Szyslak / Lou / Male Cab Driver / Disco Stu / Chief Wiggum / Professor Frink / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / El Salvadorean (voice)
Lenny / 'Monkey Trauma Center' Announcer / Otto / Principal Skinner (voice)
Elvis Costello (voice)
Mick Jagger (voice)
Lenny Kravitz (voice)
Tom Petty (voice)
Keith Richards (voice)
Brian Setzer (voice)
Edna Krabappel (voice)
Taxicab Conversations Announcer (voice)
Nurse / Female Cab Driver (voice)


Homer spends a week at a Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp run by big name recording artists and where he feels at home. When the week is over the stars invite him to perform at a benefit gig but,annoyed to find that he is only expected to act as a roadie,he hogs the microphone and performs his own song,causing havoc in the process and being chased off-stage. Back home,however,he finds his own,appreciative audience. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Did You Know?


At the Rolling Stones' fantasy camp, Mick Jagger's diploma from the London School of Economics hangs on the wall in his office. See more »


At the end of the episode, when Homer is leaning on the back of the station wagon, the tail lights keep disappearing and reappearing in each shot. See more »


Keith Richards: [at the rock and roll fantasy camp] We're here for one reason.
Homer: To rock!
Keith Richards: [accusingly] Who said that?
[Homer quickly points at Otto]
Keith Richards: That's right, Otto. We're here to rock.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits we see Mick Jagger and Keith Richards doing yard work. After that we see live footage of the voice actors doing their lines. See more »


References Happy Days (1974) See more »


Start Me Up
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
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Hilarious Episode that uses Great Guest Stars to Full Effect,
26 May 2015 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

How I Spent my Strummer Vacation is a fantastic Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline and plenty of very funny scenes. It's a really interesting and fun episode as we get to see Homer, as well as other hilarious residents of Springfield, spending a week in a rock and roll fantasy camp, it was very funny seeing them try out the many aspects required to become a musician and even making up their own music. I think it could have focused on Homer's problems with the family more, it plays a strong role in the beginning and towards the end, but it should have been a main part of the entire episode, it was a very dramatic thing to see from the Simpsons but I found it necessary and it was written very well. The guest stars in this episode is outstanding and this is the only animated series that could manage to get stars like this in one thirty minute show, with stars such as Mick Jagger, Elvis Costello and Lenny Kravitz, it is very impressive. How I Spent My Strummer Vacation is a very enjoyable Simpsons episode.

The family enroll Homer in to a rock and roll fantasy camp to give him a break from all the hard work he's been doing.

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