Since its debut on December 17, 1989, The Simpsons takes place in the fictional American town of Springfield in an unknown and impossible-to-determine U.S. state.
The show is intentionally evasive in regard to Springfield’s location. Springfield’s geography, and that of its surroundings, contains coastlines, deserts, vast farmland, tall mountains, or whatever the story or joke requires.
Homer Jay Simpson is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the television series as the patriarch of the family. Homer embodies several American working class stereotypes:
He is a crude, bald, obese, short-tempered, neglectful of the rules, clumsy, lazy, heavy drinking, ignorant and idiotic person; however, he is essentially a decent man and fiercely devoted to his family, often ignoring his own personal interests for those of his family.
House music developed in Chicago’s underground club culture in the early 1980s, as DJs from the gay subculture began altering the pop-like dance tracks to give them a more mechanical beat and a deeper basslines. In the late 1980s, many local Chicago house music artists suddenly found themselves presented with major label deals.
House music proved to be a commercially successful genre and a more mainstream pop-based variation grew increasingly popular. House music quickly spread to other American cities such as Detroit, New York City, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.
In the mid-to-late 1980s, house music became popular in Europe and had commercial success. Europeans embraced house, and began booking important American house DJs to play at the big clubs, such as Ministry of Sound.
House was also being developed by DJs and record producers in the booming dance club scene in Ibiza. Influential clubs in Ibiza, such as Amnesia were playing a mix of rock, pop, disco and house and fuelled by their distinctive sound and the consumption of the club drug Ecstasy began to influence the British and German scene.