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During a recent SiriusXM interview, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith said the band knew it was a big deal when they guest-starred on an early Simpsons episode, now considered among the best of the still-running cartoon.
The Chili Peppers appeared in the 1993 episode “Krusty Gets Kancelled,” the 22nd and final episode of the fourth season, written by show legend John Swartzwelder.
“That’s a real honor,” said Smith, who pointed out the episode was before it was in fashion to be a guest star on the Fox cartoon. “They are so articulate and prolific and interesting in their take on modern-day everything. It’s an animated show and you think it’s for kids, but it’s so smart.”
“Krusty Gets Kancelled” was the first episode to have a slew of well-known guest stars, which was sought by the production after the success of “Homer at the Bat,” which featured several MLB icons. In the episode, the Chili Peppers are recruited to play at Krusty’s comeback special after being tricked into a gig at Moe’s, where the audience consists of Barney, demanding they come onstage by chanting “We want Chilly Willy!” (now a popular meme).
“I remember being fresh off the Lollapalooza tour … and being on that was so cool,” Smith said. “It was really fun, and, again, we felt really honored to be included in that show.”
Said a laughing Smith, “It was amazing! It was so funny, and then he got so mad about it. He couldn’t take a joke.”
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