Gerry Rafferty: 1947-2011

Gerry Rafferty’s two hits, “Stuck in the Middle with You” (1972) and “Baker Street” (1978), were both featured in episodes of The Simpsons.

The first will forevermore be linked to the scene in Reservoir Dogs when Michael Madsen cuts the ear off of a uniformed police officer with a straight razor, but it was also playing when Itchy cut the ear off of Scratchy in Reservoir Cats.

Lisa plays the lick from “Baker Street” at the conclusion of the 9th season’s “Lisa’s Sax,” after Homer, having inadvertently destroyed Lisa’s first sax, gifts her a replacement¬†with the engraving “Dear Lisa: May your new saxophone bring you many years of D’oh!”

He was 63 and the cause of death seems to have been liver-disease-related, so here’s a track that you probably have not heard off of his 1972 debut, Can I Have My Money Back:

Gerry Rafferty, “One Drink Down” [Amazon]

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3 Responses to Gerry Rafferty: 1947-2011

  1. hazenberger says:

    Were you aware that Lisa Simpson plays the baritone sax, while the riff from Baker Street is played on the alto sax. No? Well then, you’ll certainly enjoy my upcoming Jazz Primer!

    • Christopher T says:

      In episode 2F09, when Itchy plays Scratchy’s skeleton like a xylophone, he strikes the same rib twice in succession, yet he produces two clearly different tones. I mean, what are we to believe, that this is some sort of a magic xylophone or something? Boy, I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder.

      Doesn’t she play a tenor sax?

      • hazenberger says:

        Awesome. But no, Lisa plays the baritone sax. You can tell by the curved neck. It’s also clearly a baritone sax playing in the show’s intro. Not to mention various references on the reference site. And wikipedia. I’m a nerd/asshole (nersshole?) A real 8 year old, however, would probably not be able to handle the bari sax with any facility due to the size, so there’s that.

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