Tom Waits To Appear On 'The Simpsons'

Living-legend (and my favorite all-time musician) Tom Waits is set to guest-star on The Simpsons in an episode titled "Homer Goes to Prep School" airing in December.

The gravel-voiced carnival barker/blues virtuoso/mad genius will play a non-singing character (himself?) who helps Homer "prep" for a prospective disaster.

Said producer Al Jean about the phenomon of "prepping":

“We did a lot of research into the ‘prepper’ phenomenon, where people are convinced that some horrible catastrophe – like an electromagnetic pulse – is going to occur, and that people will have to survive without the grid. ... Homer becomes a prepper.”

Waits joins fellow "gravel-voiced carnival barker/blues virtuoso/mad genius" Justin Bieber in the ever-growing guest-starring pool on the infinitely-running sitcom.

Check out a very rare animated adventure from Tom Waits in the roto-scoped short "Tom Waits for No One" which was created in 1979 for the burgeoning music video channel known as MTV.

Tom Waits For No One - Animated 1979

[Source: Pitchfork]