Hard to believe it, but Kenny, Cartman, Stan and the whole 'South Park' gang came into our lives 15 seasons ago (which fittingly makes them snarky teenagers now). To celebrate a decade and a half of brilliant, silly humor and the beginning of the new season tonight (Oct. 5), we've picked out the show's most memorable music moments, from gay fish denier Kanye West to J.Lo as a hand-puppet to Justin Bieber as the enemy… to, of course, Chef-Aid. Relive the musical mayhem below.
Radiohead Hates Scott Tenorman (2001)
Season 5 highlight "Scott Tenorman Must Die" may be best remembered for its hilariously disturbing final scene, but the episode also featured a rare TV cameo by Radiohead themselves, who stop by Colorado after receiving some fan mail from Cartman. Even those who don't appreciate alternative rock must have enjoyed Thom Yorke exclaiming, "This poor kid has cancer! In his ass!"
The Cure for Barbra Streisand (1998)
"South Park" has skewered its fair share of musical artists, but it's hard to imagine anyone getting it worse than Barbra Streisand, who literally tortures the boys with her singing voice before morphing into a robotic "Mecha-Streisand" that destroys South Park. Meanwhile, the same episode portraying Cure frontman Robert Smith (he provided his own voice for the episode) as a superhero, capable of defeating evil without losing his dejected coolness. Before he walks off into the sunset, Kyle yells, "'Disintegration' is the best album ever!"
Kanye West Loves "Fish Sticks" (2009)
In "Fishsticks," Kanye West is the only person in the country who fails to see the humor in the funniest joke of all time. Parodying the rapper's healthy ego, he refuses to admit that he doesn't get the joke because he is a "genius."
Michael Jackson ... We Mean 'Jefferson' (2004)
In Season 8, a new neighbor -- "Mr. Jefferson" -- started wreaking havoc on the South Park boys by acting like Peter Pan and not taking care of his son, Blanket. The subtle shots at Jackson's persona also included scenes of him sleeping in the same bed as prepubescent boys -- not a good look for the King of Pop.
Justin Bieber Killed by 'The Coon' (2010)
In the last installment of a four-episode arc, the Coon and Friends 'superheroes' take on their "most challenging and most evil opponent" -- Justin Bieber -- to save America: the result is deadly.
Britney Loses Her Head (2008)
The 'South Park' gang loves to kick celebs when they're down, but the boys actually stood up for Britney Spears when she was going through her meltdown. Well, sort of. After the stressed-out Brit blows off her own head in the episode "Britney's New Look," she is still forced to perform at the VMA Awards, much to the dismay of Kyle and Stan. (How'd they get those seats, anyway?)
J. Lo Gets Dropped (2003)
In this 2003 episode, Cartman wins first place in a Latino culture contest by showcasing his special guest, Jennifer Lopez, who turns out to be a crude hand puppet. The Puerto Rican singer is portrayed as a sassy Mexican who loves tacos, burritos, and Ben Affleck.
Metallica Fights the Power (2003)
When the boys' band Moop goes on strike, Metallica (who were at the time protesting the rise of Napster and free downloading services) joins them in their struggle for money. "Why play if you're not going to make millions of dollars?!" Lars Ulrich asks while holding a sign that reads "I Strike Because I Can."
Biggie Back From the Dead (2006)
Saying the name "Biggie Smalls" three times in the mirror won't actually awaken the soul of the legendary New York rapper… will it? We've been too afraid to try after watching this Season 10 episode, in which the Notorious B.I.G. fires shots at the South Park boys when he's not trying to get to Satan's "Super Sweet 16" party.
Korn Gets Groovy (1999)
"Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery" turns the nu-metal stars into the "Scooby Doo" gang, as they invade South Park to chase down pirate ghosts and learn life lessons. Bassist Fieldy is hilariously turned into the Velma of the group, with the obligatory scene in which he can't find his glasses while pirate ghosts (or is it ghost pirates?) are approaching.
Diddy Says 'Vote or Die' (2004)
Luckily, Diddy's 2004 "Vote or Die" campaign wasn't literal, or else it would have looked something like this Season 8 episode. The rapper goes door-to-door threatening people who don't understand the importance of voting, brandishing a handgun in their faces and rapping, "Get out there and vote, or I will motherf--king kill you."
Bono's Big Load (2007)
What's more insulting: the depiction of Bono as an opportunist who dances around impoverished countries singing "Vertigo" to himself? Or the depiction of Bono as a giant piece of crap -- literally? Either way, the "South Park" creators clearly aren't fans of the U2 singer and humanitarian, and give him a skewering reminiscent of the "Mecha-Streisand" episode.
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