Latest 'Simpsons' Couch Gag Ditches Theme Song for Cat Stevens

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Maggie, Marge, Lisa, Homer and Bart in The Simpson.

The 26th season of The Simpsons is under way, and its credits-closing couch gag has been making headlines. After a prolonged, abstract, almost sci-fi version of the mainstay scene on the Sept. 28 premiere, Sunday night's "Super Franchise Me" kept things fresh with a little pre–Yusuf Islam Cat Stevens. Instead of Danny Elfman's classic Simpsons theme playing over the family's weekly living room vignette, Stevens's 1970 ditty "Tea for the Tillerman" kicked in. The minute-long tune played almost in full as semi-bizarre Simpsons imagery corresponded to the lyrics along the way:

"Why bring Stevens/Yusuf into the giant catalog of Simpsons-approved musicians now?" you ask. Well, first, there have been Yusuf jokes on the show before. But Yusuf was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a year ago, and just last month announced his first new music in five years -- and his first North American tour in 35 years. (Although he did cancel the first show, in New York City, due to issues with tickets being scalped for ridiculous prices.) Whatever the reason, Yusuf's got a friend in Homer J. Simpson.