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The Simpsons: Yoko Ono's latest art exhibition features an amazing reference to famous barbershop quartet episode

'I would like a single plum floating in perfume served in a man’s hat'

Jack Shepherd
Wednesday 26 October 2016 08:53 BST

Despite Paul McCartney telling the world Yoko Ono “certainly didn’t break the group up, the group was breaking up,” the conceptual artist will likely forever be associated with the Beatles’ demise.

The Simpsons infamous made a joke about the band’s breakup in the classic episode “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet,” in which Homer, Barney, Apu, and Principal Skinner form their own band, The Be Sharps.

The group immediately rise to fame, naming their second record Bigger Than Jesus - a controversial phrase once uttered by John Lennon in an interview with London’s Evening Standard.

Another joke playing off the Beatles came later on when Barney starts dating a Japanese conceptual artist who looks a lot like Ono.

After the group split, Barney enters Moe’s Tavern to order a beer: his girlfriend order “a single plum floating in perfume served in a man’s hat.”

Twenty-three years on, and Yoko Ono has referenced the joke in her latest exhibition Yoko Ono: One More Story at the Reykjavik Art Museum. On one plinth, stands a single plumb, floating in perfume, held within a man’s hat.

According to the exhibition’s description, One More Story “aims to reveal the basic elements that define Yoko Ono’s extensive and diverse artistic career – a voyage through the notion of art itself, with a strong social and political engagement.”

Recently, The Simpsons became the second TV ever to pass 600 episodes with the release of "Treehouse of Horror XXVII”.

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