Leather-clad heavy metal legends Judas Priest have entered a pantheon reserved only for those who have truly cemented a place for themselves in the pop-culture zeitgeist, making their debut appearance on everyone’s favourite longest-running American animated program, The Simpsons.
The episode is titled ‘Steal This Episode,’ and sees the British metal outfit coming on to perform a reworked version of their 1980 song Breaking The Law called Respecting The Law, in order to lure Homer out of a Springfield’s Swedish embassy where he is hiding from the police and the FBI.
According to executive producer Matt Selman, Homer becomes a wanted man after screening illegally downloaded films at his home. “Even though Homer is stealing, he’s doing it for the community, he’s doing it out of the goodness of his heart,” Selman told Entertainment Weekly.
The episode also features appearances from Will Arnett, who plays the FBI agent pursuing Homer, as well as Channing Tatum, Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, and Seth Rogen. Check out Judas Priest’s appearance below, in which they are somewhat unfortunately labeled “death metal.”
Watch: Judas Priest on The Simpsons