John Boylan: Given the fact that it had to be done so quickly, there’s an old adage in the entertainment industry. You offer the buyer three things: You can have it good, you can have it fast, you can have it cheap—pick two. They wanted it fast, and they wanted it good, so it wasn’t cheap, so since we had the money to spend, a really good budget, there were no issues at all.
Al Jean: I wasn’t there, but Michael Jackson I believe told Jim Brooks, “I’m going to give Bart a No. 1 hit,” and “Do the Bartman” was No. 1 in the UK, so he was a man of his word.
I wasn’t there, but Michael Jackson I believe told Jim Brooks, “I’m going to give Bart a No. 1 hit,” and “Do the Bartman” was No. 1 in the UK, so he was a man of his word. —Al Jean
DJ Jazzy Jeff: It came out and just blew up. It was great. It was really funny because, I remember after the success of the record, [I] didn’t just go around telling people I produced “Deep Deep Trouble” on The Simpsons Sing the Blues. But when I’d tell people, “I did a song on The Simpsons album,” it was amazing. [I] almost got more props from doing that than some of the other records that I did. You knew people were really big fans of The Simpsons but not to the point that people bought the record and actually knew the name of the record.
Al Jean: I didn’t expect it to be as huge as it was. I don’t know really, if honestly. I think it’s a novelty album with a capital “N.” I don’t think people will listen to it as many times as they’ll listen to Darkside of the Moon. It has a little less replay value.
Bill Merryfield: Originally, the “Sings the Blues” was written in blue. Somewhere along the line it got changed to purple, probably in another run, and I had nothing to do with that. It was originally always in blue. I don’t even know why it would have gotten changed to purple, but it did.