The Simpsons’ Hilariously Iconic ‘Steamed Hams’ Scene Goes Perfectly With This 90s Rock Classic
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Iconic ‘Simpsons’ Scene Goes Viral – Again
It’s been more than 20 years since The Simpson’s hilariously iconic ‘Steamed Hams’ scene debuted, and I still can’t tell you why it’s so funny.
In fact, I’m not even going to try; there’s something about the phrase ‘steamed hams’ that calls to mind how ridiculous and genius writers for The Simpsons are, and the bizarre relationship between Principal Seymour Skinner and Superintendent Chalmers remains one of the show’s funniest plot points to date.
Steamed Hams (Episode 7×21, “22 Short Films About Springfield”)
Okay. So in case you missed it, the iconic ‘steamed hams’ phrase came about during the show’s Season 7 episode “22 Short Films About Springfield”. Eager to impress Superintendent Chalmers, Principal Skinner invites him over for lunch and after burning their meal, attempts to pass off a steaming batch of Krusty Burgers as his own creation – “Skinnerburgers”.
Hilarity ensues when Principal Skinner’s home catches on fire while he tries to charm Superintendent Chalmers, blaming the flames in his kitchen on the Northern Lights and ultimately coining the phrase ‘steamed hams’ when an incredulous Chalmers says, “I thought you said we were having steamed clams!”.
It’s since become an internet meme, but more recently it’s taken on new life as one of the greatest mashups we’ve ever seen.
YouTuber Juliana Egg and fellow creator piratecovejoe transformed ‘steamed hams’ into a pop-punk hybrid, setting the lyrics to Green Day’s 1994 anthem “Basket Case” to the scene. It sets up perfectly, from the moment Principal Skinner opens the door for his guest to the moment they part ways; calling it “the most elaborate thing I’ve ever put together,” Juliana even manages to find a home for all the non lyrical moments in the song by matching them up with Skinner’s noises and the scene’s sound effects.
Green Day – “Basket Case” (1994)
Overall, this is absolutely genius and if loving it is wrong, we don’t want to be right!