So you sit down to watch a movie and all of a sudden, a musical number breaks out or a cameo from one of your favorite bands or artists, but the movie your watching is about Liam Neeson saving a Starbucks coffee from a asteroid in “Taken 12: Someone Stole My Frappuccino”. That’s what we’re ranking today, those weird musician cameos that you didn’t see coming but love nonetheless.
blink – 182
Despite the fact that for teenage boys in this era, it was the most memorable scene in this movie, the blink-182 cameo shaped the franchise and the band for years to come with their music featured heavily in the sequels and the bands antics being reminiscent of the movies.
Potentially overshadowed by Alan Rickman, Alanis Morissette’s role in this movie as the voiceless female God, sent shockwaves among moviegoers everywhere
We’ve seen David Bowie in movie roles before, ie Labyrinth, The Prestige, but nothing could have prepared us to see David Bowie interact with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in this ridiculous comedy.
The Big Lebowski
I know that I’m not the only one who had to do a double take when Flea walked on the screen in The Big Lebowski. Flea has a few acting credits to his name but Lebowski is one of the best classics of all time so it deserves a note here.
The Simpsons Movie
This is the moment that sets the course for the entire movie. Green Day is doing Green Day things on a barge and the people of Springfield revolt and throw thrash at them. The next morning the pastor is giving a eulogy to a funeral version of “American Idiot”. Instant classic.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
No one else could have played this role and Keith Richards did it beautifully
Universally panned at release, Mars Attacks has become somewhat a cult classic. Tom Jones role seemed to come out of left field and only aided in the films craziness.
Did you know this was Phil Colin’s when you first watched Robin Williams Masterpiece Hook? I sure as hell didn’t.
These cameos barely missed the list either because the movie they were in was disqualified or because this it a top 10 not top 12. Here are your notable mentions
Lemmy – Airheads
The movie is about musicians, so because we do things by the book around here in Couch Cruncher land, I left it off. Hey! I don’t make the rules! Oh wait…
Lemmy of Motörhead has a cameo in another underrated comedy from the 90’s (a follow up would be kind of nice, maybe run into the Wyld Stallyns in the new Bill and Ted movie and connect the universes?)
Tom Waits – Mystery Men
Waits plays a non-lethal weapon maker in this movie that started out as a great idea but failed to execute. Its still a favorite with kids who group up in the 90’s
Chris Cornell – Singles
I may regret not adding the great Chris Cornell of Soundgarden later.
Ozzy Osbourne – Trick or Treat
Of all things… A Televangelist?
Dave Grohl – Meat Loaf – Ronnie James Dio – Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny
Meat Loaf, Ronnie James Dio and The Goldbergs, Troy Gentile, deliver one of the best opening acts to a comedic movie ever. Dave Grohl, later in the movie, reprises his devil character from Tenacious D’s music video for “Tribute”. This movie is highly underrated, but its technically a musical.
Saw 3D: The Final Chapter
Maybe you’ll disagree, but seeing one of the most likable guys on the planet (RIP) play a racist skinhead who eventually gets killed by Jigsaw, was a memorable scene in an otherwise forgettable movie.
The great Snoop Dogg, Snoop Doggy Dogg, the D-O-Double-G played one of the most memorable scenes in this fan favorite marijuana buddy crime movie (This isn’t Pineapple Express right?).
There is a rumor that this is the only scene in the movie that featured the use of REAL marijuana, which isn’t that big of a deal nowadays and is probably the case in every movie about pot.
So what do you think Crunchers? What Top 10 should I tackle next? Did I forget a cameo that you love? Comment below!