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'The Simpsons' Earns Indie Cred With Songs by Hot Chip, Animal Collective (Video)

The episode paid homage to late writer David Foster Wallace's famous essay about a luxury cruise vacation.

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Things got a little esoteric on The Simpsons last night, now in its record-breaking 23rd season on Fox. The episode "A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again" paid homage to David Foster Wallace and his famous book of essays, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again. On the show, Bart boards a luxury cruise only to find out it's not all it's cracked up to be -- just as Wallace wrote about in his famous essay. 

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Adding to the cool-cred of the Foster Wallace-themed episode were two hip musical references: At the beginning of the show, an apathetic Bart faces yet another week of school to the strains of "Boy From School," a 2006 single by U.K. dance act Hot Chip.

Then, at episode's end, things become a little less bleak as the whole Simpsons clan slides down a snowdrift with penguins to the song "Winter's Love" by Animal Collective, Stereogum notes.

Watch both clips below.