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Forget Tiger Woods: The realistic role model for today’s young Americans is none other than Homer J. Simpson. I mean, who the hell can live up to Woods’ lofty standards? With our yellow “D’oh!” boy, the kids get a salt-of-the-earth guy with a sense of humor, a steady job, and a loving family (plus there’s a charming purity in wanting only to gorge on doughnuts, drink Duff beer, scratch yourself, and watch hours of mindless television). The best way to learn the path of Simpson père is through Rhino’s Songs in the Key of Springfield, a comprehensive compilation of original music from the most consistently funny sitcom of all time. All the tributes to Homer’s surroundings are here, from Tony Bennett’s “Capitol City” (“It’s the kind of place that makes a bum feel like a king”) to Apu’s “Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart?” (“Homer’s a delightful fella/Sorry ’bout the salmonella”) to the Cheers homage of “Flaming Moe’s” (“When the weight of the world has got you down and you want to end your life/Bills to pay, a dead end job, and problems with the wife/Don’t throw in the towel ’cause there’s a place right down the block/Where you can drink your misery away”). The top laugh-out-loud cut is the Schoolhouse Rocks! spoof “The Amendment Song” (original Rocker Jack Sheldon sings, “There’s a lot of flag-burners/Who have got too much freedom/I want to make it legal/For policemen to beat ’em”). And the most touching track is Homer’s “It Was a Very Good Beer,” the prettiest ode to underage drinking I’ve ever heard.Sean Daly