Do the Bartman

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Not to be confused with Do the Bart. Do the Bartman_sentence_0

"Do the Bartman" is a song from the 1990 album The Simpsons Sing the Blues, featuring the voice cast of the American television cartoon The Simpsons. Do the Bartman_sentence_1

It was performed by The Simpsons cast member Nancy Cartwright (the voice of Bart Simpson), with backing vocals from Michael Jackson, alongside additional vocals from Dan Castellaneta (voice of Homer Simpson). Do the Bartman_sentence_2

Jackson also produced the song, which was written by American recording artist Bryan Loren, and Geffen Records released it as a single on November 20, 1990. Do the Bartman_sentence_3

Despite receiving much radio airplay in the United States, "Do the Bartman" was never officially released as a single there. Do the Bartman_sentence_4

It topped the charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom. Do the Bartman_sentence_5

Additionally, it reached the Top 10 in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands, and was certified gold in the United Kingdom. Do the Bartman_sentence_6

A music video, directed by Brad Bird, was released for the song in 1991. Do the Bartman_sentence_7

The video became a hit on the American network MTV, and received a nomination at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. Do the Bartman_sentence_8

Background Do the Bartman_section_0

The album The Simpsons Sing the Blues was released in September 1990. Do the Bartman_sentence_9

The first single from it was the rap song "Do the Bartman", performed by Bart Simpson's voice actor Nancy Cartwright and released on November 20, 1990. Do the Bartman_sentence_10

Rumors began spreading in the summer of 1990 that Michael Jackson would write a song for Bart on the album. Do the Bartman_sentence_11

This song was reported early on to be "Do the Bartman", but executive producer James L. Brooks issued a press release in September 1990 apologizing for the misunderstanding and stating that song was actually written by one of Jackson's friends, Bryan Loren. Do the Bartman_sentence_12

However, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening later stated during an appearance at the February 1998 World Animation Celebration convention in Pasadena, California that "Do the Bartman" was actually co-written and co-produced by Jackson, but he could not receive credit for it because he was under contract to Epic Records. Do the Bartman_sentence_13

Groening told a crowd at the convention that had gathered for a "The Simpsons tribute" that it had "always [been] amazing to me that no one ever found out that Michael Jackson wrote that song. Do the Bartman_sentence_14

[...] He was a big fan of the show." Do the Bartman_sentence_15

Jackson was a fan of The Simpsons, especially Bart, and had called the producers one night offering to write Bart a number one single and do a guest spot on the show, which is how "Do the Bartman" came about. Do the Bartman_sentence_16

Jackson eventually guest-starred in the episode "Stark Raving Dad" (season three, 1991) under the pseudonym John Jay Smith. Do the Bartman_sentence_17

He also wrote the song "Happy Birthday Lisa" for the episode "Stark Raving Dad", which was later included in the album Songs in the Key of Springfield. Do the Bartman_sentence_18

Bryan Loren has stated that Jackson had provided background vocals for "Do the Bartman". Do the Bartman_sentence_19

In July 2015, when Bryan Loren was selling the publishing and songwriting rights for the song, Loren stated that "despite Matt Groening's repeated confessions, I am the sole writer of the song". Do the Bartman_sentence_20

Loren stated that Jackson's contributions included back up vocals, providing the title "Do the Bartman" and that Jackson insisted his own name be mentioned in the lyrics. Do the Bartman_sentence_21

Critical reception Do the Bartman_section_1

Critical reviews of the song were mostly positive. Do the Bartman_sentence_22

Larry Flick from Billboard said the single "seems like a logical extension of the public's love affair with Fox TV's popular cartoon characters. Do the Bartman_sentence_23

This cute and amusing pop/new jack novelty doesn't actually teach any new dance steps, but that hasn't kept radio from jumping on it out of the box." Do the Bartman_sentence_24

Monika Bartyzel of Cinematical, however, thought the song was a "cheesy number." Do the Bartman_sentence_25

The Daily Vault's Benny Balneg liked that it disengaged itself from the album's "blues tag" and incorporated more "contemporary elements" into its sound. Do the Bartman_sentence_26

He added that he thought the song had a "catchy beat" and an "infectious chorus." Do the Bartman_sentence_27

Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly described it as "not bad," and commented that Bart's high voice "echoes the beats nicely." Do the Bartman_sentence_28

The Long Beach Press-Telegram's Patricia Smith called "Do the Bartman" a "surprisingly funky tune." Do the Bartman_sentence_29

People stated, "Yes, of course the first single, "Do the Bartman", will be a novelty hit. Do the Bartman_sentence_30

Written by Bryan Loren, it's a white-bread rap featuring Nancy Cartwright's vocals, reeling off tales of Bart's mischievous ways." Do the Bartman_sentence_31

Chart performance Do the Bartman_section_2

The song topped the charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom. Do the Bartman_sentence_32

In the latter country, the song spent three weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart, and became Britain's seventh best selling song of 1991. Do the Bartman_sentence_33

"Do the Bartman" has shipped at least 400,000 units in the United Kingdom, and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry on February 1, 1991. Do the Bartman_sentence_34

The song's success in the United Kingdom was remarkable, given that at that time The Simpsons was airing only on British satellite television station Sky One. Do the Bartman_sentence_35

It would be five years before it first aired on analogue television in Britain, airing on BBC One and later BBC Two. Do the Bartman_sentence_36

In Ireland, "Do the Bartman" spent nine weeks at number one on the Irish Singles Chart from January 24, 1991 to March 24, 1991. Do the Bartman_sentence_37

Only nine singles have ever managed a longer run at number one in that country. Do the Bartman_sentence_38

The song also charted at number one on New Zealand's RIANZ Singles Chart on the issue date of January 25, 1991, and peaked at number one on the chart again, for a total of two weeks, from February 8, 1991 to February 15, 1991. Do the Bartman_sentence_39

In March 1991, "Do the Bartman" became the first single to reach number one in Australia that was not available on 7-inch vinyl. Do the Bartman_sentence_40

Music video Do the Bartman_section_3

The music video features the typical plot of Bart rebelling against authority when he decides to put his own spin on a rigidly choreographed dance presentation at Springfield Elementary School. Do the Bartman_sentence_41

The music video for "Do the Bartman" was directed by Brad Bird, with dance choreography by Michael Chambers. Do the Bartman_sentence_42

Nobody from the staff of The Simpsons wanted to direct it because they were busy doing the show, but Bird finally agreed to do it after having been asked four times. Do the Bartman_sentence_43

He had a very short amount of time to finish the video because it was supposed to coincide with the release of The Simpsons Sing the Blues. Do the Bartman_sentence_44

The entire music video was storyboarded in only two days in the United States. Do the Bartman_sentence_45

Bird then got on a plane to Budapest, Hungary, where the video was animated by Varga Studio. Do the Bartman_sentence_46

They thought the video was going to be animated as simply as the original The Simpsons shorts, shown on The Tracey Ullman Show, so when Bird told them that it was going to be done in full animation with no repeated scenes, they "went into deep shock". Do the Bartman_sentence_47

The animators added the wraparound at the beginning to set Bart against the crowd and put the video in "some sort of context." Do the Bartman_sentence_48

The video was nominated for Best Special Effects at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. Do the Bartman_sentence_49

It originally premiered on Fox after the episode "Bart the Daredevil" on December 6, 1990, and was the number one music video on rotation on MTV between January and March 1991. Do the Bartman_sentence_50

Along with the music video for "Deep, Deep Trouble", the video was included on The Simpsons: The Complete Second Season DVD boxset in 2002. Do the Bartman_sentence_51

Following the death of Michael Jackson on June 25, 2009, the music video was broadcast by Fox on June 28, 2009—ahead of a rerun of the episode "Wedding for Disaster"—and featured a title card paying tribute to Jackson. Do the Bartman_sentence_52

There is an alternative version of the music video which removes the references to Michael Jackson's "hair strand" (by not including said hair strand in frame), people dancing to the Bartman on a cruise ship with the Statue of Liberty in the background moving side to side with the rhythm of the song and replaces it with extra frames of the Springfield "cool kids" dancing along. Do the Bartman_sentence_53

The alternative version also removes the lyric, "if you can do it, so can I". Do the Bartman_sentence_54

Personnel Do the Bartman_section_4

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Production Do the Bartman_section_5

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  • Bryan Loren & Michael Jackson - producersDo the Bartman_item_1_6
  • Richard Cottrell - recording engineerDo the Bartman_item_1_7
  • Julie Last & Bart Stevens - assistant recording engineersDo the Bartman_item_1_8

Mixed at Larrabee Sound Studios Do the Bartman_sentence_55

Charts Do the Bartman_section_6

Track listing Do the Bartman_section_7

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  • 7" single:Do the Bartman_item_2_9

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  1. "Do the Bartman" (7" House Mix/Edit) – 3:54Do the Bartman_item_3_10
  2. "Do the Bartman" (LP edit) – 3:59Do the Bartman_item_3_11

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  • CD single:Do the Bartman_item_4_12

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  1. "Do the Bartman" (7" House Mix/Edit) – 3:54Do the Bartman_item_5_13
  2. "Do the Bartman" (LP edit) – 3:59Do the Bartman_item_5_14
  3. "Do the Bartman" (Bad Bart House Mix) – 4:49Do the Bartman_item_5_15
  4. "Do the Bartman" (a cappella) – 3:44Do the Bartman_item_5_16

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  • Digital Download:Do the Bartman_item_6_17

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  1. "Do the Bartman" (Diplo's Bartman So So Krispy Remix) – 4:27Do the Bartman_item_7_18

See also Do the Bartman_section_8

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Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: the Bartman.