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On Sunday, March 21, Brave Combo make their Simpsons debut. In an episode called "Co-dependent's Day," the iconic Denton polka band are featured playing at--what else?--Oktoberfest, attended by--who else?--Homer Simpson. Turns out Brave Combo has a longtime fan in Simpsons creator Matt Groenig, who sparked to the goofball Grammy winners while DJ'ing for a college radio station in the early '80s. "He bought our first album. He's proud of his collection," says founding member Carl Finch, who adds with a laugh, "He thinks he has everything, but he doesn't." Over the years, Brave Combo developed a friendship with Groenig. "He flew us out to play his best friend's wedding party. We were talking at the end of the party, and he said we need to figure out a way to get you on the show."
Finch thought what any other sweet and scrappy Texas band leader might: Yeah, right. But Groenig kept his word. "Within two weeks, Fox called and said Matt had been chatting us up," Finch says. The band sent videotape of themselves to the animators to inspire their Springfield-yellow likenesses, and Brave Combo even contributed a polka arrangement of the theme song, which may or may not be used over the show's credits. Homer will be draining his delicious, foamy beverage of choice to the tune of the band's "Fill the Stein" or "Wilkommen Oktoberfest," which may or may not lead to public humiliation (or public urination). But one thing is certain about Brave Combo's prime time arrival. "It's very brief," Finch says. "If you've got TiVo, it's the perfect time to use it."
Brave Combo perform at Poor David's Pub on Friday, March 12, 9:30 p.m.
Speaking of TDD: John Dufilho reports the band has filmed a video for their upcoming album, due out this summer. Shot in the Lakewood area, the video stars Kumar Pallana, aka Pagoda of The Royal Tenenbaums. Dufilho's band I Love Math plays a set at Barley House this Sunday with Salim Nourallah, who will be previewing material from his upcoming solo album, Polaroid. The Deathray Davies are only one of many local bands nominated for the Dallas Observer Music Awards, the ballot for which debuts in this issue. Come on: Rock the vote.