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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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23 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The classified section of the Springfield Shopper showing the Band Formation Notice for Covercraft includes Band Dissolution Notices for The B Sharps and Sadgasm, two of Homer's previous musical groups. See more »


Homer Simpson: I'm not jealous, I'm envious. Jealousy is when you worry someone will take what you have. Envy is wanting what someone else has. What I feel is envy.
Lisa Simpson: [Checking into a dictionary] Wow, he's right.
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References Almost Famous (2000) 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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The episode plays forward and works well.
10 February 2016 | by eesainioSee all my reviews

Homer starts a cover band with Lovejoy, Apu, Milhouse's dad and Dr.Hibbert. But soon the eighties band Sungazer takes Apu a tour tour, which Homer is upset about.

I liked a lot of the characters chemistry in this one. Homer band's chemistry is strong, and they seem to really be friends. Even after Apu is associated with Sungazer, the episode plays forward and works well.

Sungazer's characters are amusing and this has funny jokes. I liked Homer and the rest of the band and the ending was a surprising and fun, with Homer and Apu poisoning the Sungazer members with the Kwik E Mart sausages.

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