Season: 15 / Episode: 7
You're Getting Old
Date: June 8, 2011
This Television Episode plays Every Breath You Take
At Stan's tenth birthday party, one of his presents is the latest CD from a "tween wave" band. His mother, Sharon, forbids Stan from listening to it, and promptly takes the CD away. After Stan's father, Randy, and Sharon argue over the matter, Randy decides to sit down and listen to the CD (which, to the viewer and the adults, is the sound of literal defecation and drum beats). He claims to enjoy the CD, but Sharon knows he is lying. As tween wave music becomes popular, Sharon and the other boys' parents forbid them from listening to any of it, and try to play for them The Police's album Synchronicity as an example of what they consider to be good music. Through the boys, though, we can hear people defecating on the soundtrack, just as the "tween wave" music is presented as sounding to the adults. That night, Stan secretly listens to the confiscated music but discovers, to his confusion, that it now sounds "like shit."