A Very Famous Fictional Product On ‘The Simpsons’ Is Named After A Member Of A Very Famous Band

Nope, not the Guatemalan Insanity Pepper and Corrosion of Conformity’s Pepper Keenan, nor Allied Biscuit and Mr. Disc O. Biscuit of the Disco Biscuits — it’s actually Duff Beer and former Guns N’ Roses member Duff McKagan, who evidently Axl Rose could get enough of. In a new interview with The Independent, McKagan talks about the time a Fox executive spoke to him in the late 1980s about this little show called The Simpsons:

The FOX channel official….told him that their new cartoon would feature a beer honored to the rocker called “Duff Beer.” McKagan happily agreed, not realizing how much royalties he was going to miss out on because of not licensing his name at the time.

“I knew nothing about branding yourself then or the royalties off it,” McKagan tells the paper. “I just thought cool, they wanna use my name and boom, The Simpsons was born. Yeah, if I had a nickel for every time…but it’s fine.” (Via)

The Simpsons tried to do something similar for Axl, who they wanted to pose as the Lard Lad mascot. He turned them down, but later regretted his decision. That’s what Chinese Democracy is about.

(Via The Independent)