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This episode marks the last appearance of Mr. Twig.
If you look carefully at the person at the front of the crowd, you can see that he appears to be Jonesy, a person who was part of Skyler's band in "Cat Orgy" and "Timmy 2000".
This episode was a plug for the album Chef Aid: The South Park Album which featured many of the songs featured in this episode. It was released in 1998.
A variation of the "Hello there, children. Hey, Chef!" in which their roles are swapped.
Ms. Crabtree's hair is a lighter shade of brown in this episode.
If you look carefully when the boys are looking in Chef's memory album with Chef, a picture of Steve Urkel is seen for a brief second.
References to Popular Culture
This episode parodies benefit concerts, musical gatherings which commonly feature "Aid" in their names. Some of the most prominent ones have been organized by Boomtown Rats member Bob Geldof who put together such events as Live Aid, Band Aid and the Live 8 series. They were all for charitably causes such as bringing famine relief to Ethiopia.
The episode is also a commentary on the often convoluted and complicated legal issues associated with the ownership of intellectual property in the music industry.
Mr. Big Record Producer acts as though he is above the law, he looks somewhat like a parody of the late Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. He uses a tube of hair gel called "Spooge", which is a slang term for semen.
The lawyer representing Mr. Big Record Producer is Johnny Cochran (1937–2005). Cochran is best known for representing O. J. Simpson during his 1995 criminal trial. Thanks in part to Cochran's defense, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the murder charges on October 3, 1995.
The "Chewbacca defense" in the world of South Park is what got O.J. Simpson cleared of murder charges. This is in parody of Johnny Cochran's closing argument during the O.J. Simpson murder trail. The exact statement that they are parodying is: "Where is all that blood trail they've been banting about in this mountain of evidence? You will see it's little more than a river or a stream. They don't have any mountain or ocean of evidence. It's not so because they say so. That's just rhetoric. We this afternoon are talking about the facts. And so it doesn't make any sense. It just doesn't fit. If it doesn't fit, you must acquit."
The "logic" behind the Chewbacca defense is based on the fact that Chewbacca of the Star Wars franchise is a member of the Wookie race. Wookies come from the planet Kashyyyk. The argument of the defense is that Wookies do not live on the moon of Endor; it is the home of the Ewoks. This entire argument gets its origins from the embarrassingly terrible Star Wars Christmas Special, wherein Chewbacca and his family are depicted as living in a tree hut on the planet Endor.
When Cartman is doing the "German Dance" his is dancing in the Polka dance method common in Central Europe. It has its origins in the 19th Century in the Czech lands.
When the boys go to England to sell candy to Elton John, he corrects them by saying he is "Sir Elton John". Elton John was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II just six months earlier, in February 1998.
In the world of South Park, Chef would introduce Elton John to Bernie Taupin. Bernie Taupin is a songwriter known for his long standing collaboration with Elton John. In reality, Taupin ended up working with Elton John in 1967 after answering an advertisement for talent placed in the New Musical Express by Liberty records A&R man Ray Williams.
In the flashback showing Elton John's encounter with Chef, Elton is depicted as a piano player in a bar. This would be historically accurate as Elton John was a pub pianist from 1962-1969.
The boys next meet with Meat Loaf, born Marvin Lee Aday, he is a musician best known for his Bat out of Hell trilogy of albums.
According to the world of South Park, Marvin Lee Aday was a scrawny musician who called himself "Couscous" until Chef suggested he take on a "beefier" name and recommended that he try his meatloaf. Meatloaf has given many contradictory stories as to the origins of his stage name. This fictional encounter is likely a nod to the fact that Meatloaf was a vegetarian for over 11 years. Couscous is a popular Eastern food commonly eaten by vegetarians.
The first band to play on the Chef Aid stage is the punk group Rancid. They were formed in 1991, and are credited as one of the groups that revived punk rock in the 1990s. They are well known for their album Let's Go, released in 1994. The song they play in this episode is called "Brad Logan", which is included on the Chef Aid album. The song is in honor of Brad Logan, who was once a roadie for Rancid and other punk acts.
The second act on Chef Aid is Rick James, the episode plays the ending segment of his rendition of "Love Gravy", a song originally composed by the late Issac Hayes for South Park. Chef sang this song in the season 1 episode "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig". It is track number 15 on the Chef Aid album, and is performed alongside Ike Turner.
The next act is Primus and their lead singer Les Claypool thanks Chef. Primus was formed in 1984. They have a history with South Park; it is their band that composed the opening theme song for the series. The song they begin to play is called "Mephesto and Kevin", which is track number 20 on the Chef Aid album. Les Claypool is depicted as the bass player during the South Park opening theme music.
The stage is next visited by punk rock icon Joe Strummer (1952–2002). Strummer is best known for being the front man of the punk rock group The Clash, who were together from 1976-1986. He sings the song "It's a Rockin' World" which is track number 19 on the Chef Aid album.
When Chef arrives at Chef Aid, the crowd welcomes him by saying "Welcome to Chef Aid, Chef!" They say it in a similar tone as the Peanuts gang wishes Charlie Brown a merry Christmas near the end of the Christmas special A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Next on stage is legendary heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne, known for being the original front man for the band Black Sabbath and his own solo career. He's announced as "TV's Ozzy Osborne" although during the time this episode aired, Ozzy was not on any regular TV series.
Ozzy relates to a story wherein Chef suggests that he should "buy a pompadour hat" and confuses it for "bite the head off a bat", he later goes on to bite the head off of Kenny. In real life, one of Ozzy's most infamous stage performances that occurred on January 20, 1982 at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa. A member of the audience threw a live bat on stage, and Ozzy bit its head off. Although this is disputed by some, Ozzy has stated in a 2004 Rolling Stones interview, and in his memoirs that the bat was indeed alive and he had to go to get a rabies shot after the show.
The song that Ozzy performs is "Nowhere to Run", it is track number one on the Chef Aid album. It is a collaboration between him and musicians DMX, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Crystal Method.
The next band up is Ween an alternative rock band formed in 1984. Lead singer Dean Ween suggests the idea that Chef told them to do a country album before being corrected by Gene Ween that it was "Steve". The country album they are referring to is their 1996 record 12 Golden Country Greats. Who "Steve" could be is anyone's guess. The song they play is "The Rainbow" which is track 17 of the Chef Aid album.
Elton John sings the song "Wake Up Wendy", which is track 12 of the Chef Aid album.
When Chef first hears about the song, his apron says "chef" when viewed from the side, but "CHEF" when viewed from the front.
Elton John states that his flashback to being a struggling musician was 25 years ago. This episode released in 1998, so minus 25 years is 1973; he was already a successful musician. However, he said this happened about 25 years ago, so this was possibly an estimate. Also, in his flashback, he sings with his deep voice, but at the time, his voice was not that deep.
Just after Chef threatens to sue the record company for stealing his song, Mr. Garrison is talking to Mr. Twig. Mr. Twig's shirt is clean at the start of the scene, but once zoomed in, there is a large stain on his shirt. When Garrison asks Mr. Twig if he is okay, the stain is gone.
During the trial, Johnnie Cochran tells the jury that Gerald Broflovski, would want them to believe that Chef wrote "Stinky Britches" 10 years ago, when Gerald clearly states that Chef wrote it 20 years ago.
When Rancid performs the song "Brad Logan," the lead vocals are animated with Tim Armstrong singing, but the vocals were recorded by Lars Frederiksen.
While in prison Mr. Garrison was wearing a pair of boxer shorts. However once Mr. Garrison arrives at Chef Aid, he can be seen wearing his shirt and pants.
Mr. Garrisons boxer shorts have hearts in some scenes, but disappear in other scenes.
In one part of the concert, Mr. Mackey and an unknown person merge but after that they become individuals.
Kenny's head is bitten off by Ozzy Osbourne at the Chef Aid concert, to which Stan yells "Oh my god, Ozzy Osbourne bit Kenny's head off!" followed by Kyle's "You Bastard!".