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Homer forms a cover band with other dads in town when he takes up bass guitar to deal with a mid-life crisis, but the band's modest success is soon overwhelmed by Apu's breakout potential.


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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble / Waiter (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Stig / Kirk Van Houten / Apu / Peter DeBrusio (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Dr. Hibbert / Rev. Lovejoy / Kent Brockman / Sanjay / Concert Announcer / Shredder Stevens (voice)
Will Forte ... King Toot (voice)
Sammy Hagar ... Sammy Hagar (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Bernice Hibbert (voice)
Chris Edgerly ... (voice)
Aron Michael Marderosian Aron Michael Marderosian ... Apu's singing voice (voice) (as Aron Michael Manderosian)
Robert J. Marderosian Robert J. Marderosian ... Apu's singing voice (voice) (as Robert J. Manderosian)
Maggie Roswell ... Luann Van Houten / Helen Lovejoy (voice)
Matthew Sweet ... Apu's singing voice / Nick Delacourt (voice)


Escorting Lisa to a music store Homer is talked into buying a bass guitar and forms a band, Covercraft, with Dr Hibbert, Tim Lovejoy and Kirk Van Houten. Star vocalist Apu is stolen by rock band Sungazer and a jealous Homer plans to sabotage his stadium debut. However, realizing that Apu hates being in the band, he contrives to make the other members ill and replace them with a performance by Covercraft. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

23 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


A clerk of King Toot's store, Jerry, appears in Season 3. This is the first time we've seen the eponymous King Toot. See more »


Homer Simpson: Okay, this crowd is about to experience the special magic of the cover band; the thrill of live music without the fear of hearing anything new.
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References Saturday Night Live (1975) See more »


Hopin' For A Dream
Lyrics by Matt Selman and Matthew Sweet
Music by Matthew Sweet
Performed by Matthew Sweet and Heavy Young Heathens
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Fun Episode that Took Me back to Classic Episodes,
19 December 2014 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

Covercraft is a great Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline and loads of funny scenes.This episode really took me back to older Simpsons episodes,at around the fourth to sixth season,as the humour and story was very similar to the way they did it in the early nineties,I really enjoyed this and they also make a subtle hint to the classic season 5 episode Homers Barbershop Quartet,I won't say how but keep your eyes peeled.I loved Apu's role in this episode,there hasn't been one where he played an important role in a long time,and I was very happy he did as he is without a doubt one of my favourite Simpsons characters,and his signing voice had me in stitches.Covercraft is a very enjoyable Simpsons episode.

Homer decides to form a cover band with some of the dads in town.Tensions bowl,however,when Apu is singled out as a superstar.

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