Last month The Simpsons attracted controversy by portraying the rotund controversialist former Smiths frontman Morrissey as an ‘overweight racist’.
The episode prompted the management of the musician to make a statement condemning the cartoon show: “Sadly, The Simpson’s show started out creating great insight into the modern cultural experience, but has since degenerated to trying to capitalise on cheap controversy and expounding on vicious rumours.”
Therefore, they can’t have been happy when it was announced by the show that the song titled ‘Everybody Is Horrid Except Me (And Possibly You)’.
The song was sung by Benedict Cumberbatch and the voice of Lisa Simpson, Yeardley Smith. In the episode, Cumberbatch voiced a character named Quilloughby, a moody frontman of The Snuffs, who becomes Lisa’s imaginary friend after she becomes interested in vegetarianism in the episode entitled, Panic on the Streets of Springfield.
The song was co-written by Bret McKenzie of the legendary comedy duo Flight of the Conchords and it features lyrics such as, “Every day I draw my bath / And I hope that I drown.” And quite frankly, if Lisa’s singing voice was a little less grating, I’d probably score it an 8.1 in a new music review. Actually, you know what, I think I will. It is some of the best quasi-Morrissey work for years and recaptures the earnest melodic solemnity where he is at his paradoxically maudling yet rhythmic best.
In a final twist of irony, Morrissey had to accept that the character had enough of a likeness to himself to perhaps be cause for a lawsuit.
You can listen to the undeniably catchy track below.