For years now, the White Stripes have made their living dressing in reds and whites, with the occasional foray into black. But now, it looks like they’re adding a new color to their palette: “Simpsons” yellow.
That’s because the Stripes have been tapped to appear in an upcoming episode of the long-running FOX ’toon, scheduled to air sometime this fall.
In the episode, titled “Jazzy and the Pussycats,” Jack and Meg White find themselves in the middle of a family feud when Homer and Marge buy a drum kit for Bart, who becomes a jazz drummer, much to the dismay of his musically inclined sister, Lisa. In one scene — an homage to the Stripes’ clip for “The Hardest Button to Button” (see “The Story Behind The White Stripes’ ’Hardest Button': Lens Recap” ) — Bart bashes his kit in his bedroom, down the street, through the halls of Springfield Elementary and into an intersection, where he meets up with the Detroit duo.
According to a spokesperson for FOX, Jack and Meg recorded their lines in New York on November 30, before Jack lost his voice and was ordered by doctors not to speak (see “Jack White Loses Voice, Japanese Fans Lose Out On Stripes Concerts” ). Episodes take between six and nine months to complete, so while “The Simpsons” is currently in its 17th season, “Jazzy and the Pussycats” won’t hit the small screen until season 18.
The Stripes are just the latest addition to a long list of musicians to visit Springfield. Last year, 50 Cent appeared on an episode called “Pranksta Rap” (see “50 Cent Gets Animated For ’The Simpsons’ “ ), and Britney Spears, Blink-182, R.E.M., Sonic Youth and Cypress Hill have all gotten animated for the show as well.