A good movie cameo can enhance a scene by adding recognizable figures like actors, musicians, professional athletes, models, and politicians. Films often include cameos from these celebrities to capitalize on the state of pop culture at the time of the film’s release. Whether it’s a nostalgic throwback during a rebooted movie by a character from the original version, or someone at the top of the charts today, cameos are fun additions to film that fans enjoy and eat up.
Many movies have included guest appearances by popular bands, either in small roles or concerts. These bands often contribute to the film’s soundtrack and look to get record sales bumps by their appearances. The cameos on this list can serve as major plot points or as background filler depending on the context in which they appear. Let’s take a look at 16 Craziest Band Cameos In Movies.
16. Wilson Phillips – Bridesmaids
Consisting of the daughters of The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and John & Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas, Wilson Phillips is a vocalist group that gained popularity for their 1990 mega-hit Hold On. The group would be nominated for 5 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, and would win the Billboard Music Award for Single of the Year for Hold On.
During the 2011 romantic comedy Bridesmaids, starring Krsten Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne, it’s revealed that Wilson Phillips are lead character Annie’s (Kristen Wiig) favorite band and make a cameo at the end of the film, performing Hold On during Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) wedding. After Annie’s feud and reconciliation with Helen (Rose Byrne), she returns as the maid of honor. The girls dance along with the group as Lillian and her husband walk to their limo at the end of the ceremony. Hold On would also be included on the film’s soundtrack.
15. Everclear – Loser
2000’s teen rom-com Loser would reunite American Pie actors Jason Biggs and Mena Suvari in a movie that follows the story of small-town college student, Paul (Biggs). Paul earns a college scholarship and must maintain a high GPA in order to keep it, but has trouble studying due to his rich, party-loving roommates. Paul moves into an animal shelter to escape the constant distractions and helps care for the animals in exchange for his stay. He also becomes enamored with a girl named Dora (Suvari) who is sleeping with their professor (Greg Kinnear).
Paul would bump into Dora one night and invite her to an Everclear concert, as he previously learned they are her favorite band. Dora agrees to meet at the concert after a job interview, which she doesn’t get. Paul’s roommate Adam sees her and invites her to a party where he slips a roofie into her drink. Paul returns home from the concert, dejected, finding an unresponsive Dora, where he takes her to the hospital. Everclear play So Much For The Afterglow and I Will Buy You A New Life during the concert, both of which appear on the film’s soundtrack.
14. Primus – Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
The follow-up to 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey continues the story of the aforementioned characters, played by Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter. The music of their band, the Wyld Stallyns, has created a utopian future society much to the chagrin of film’s villain, Chuck De Nomolos (Joss Ackland). He steals a time-traveling phone booth to send Bill and Ted robots back to prevent them from winning the San Dimas Battle of the Bands contest, erasing the future they created. Craziness ensues as the spectre of Death gets involved with Bill and Ted’s souls, as they were killed by their evil doppelgangers. The help of an alien named Station sees the construction of good versions of Bill and Ted robots, who are able to defeat the evil ones.
As the Wyld Stallyns are preparing for their set, experimental rock band Primus is seen on-stage playing the song Tommy The Cat. Tommy The Cat was also featured on the film’s soundtrack. Also making cameos in the film are Faith No More’s Jim Martin, and future Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson.
13. Morris Day & The Time – Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Recent performers at this year’s Grammy Awards playing behind Bruno Mars, Morris Day & The Time formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1981, mixing genres of funk, soul, R&B, dance and rock ‘n roll. Music icon Prince would originally select the band members as a part of his contract at Warner Brothers.
The band would see numerous break-ups, reunions and line-up changes during their still-active career and had numerous singles reach charts like the US Hot 100 and US R&B such as Jungle Love and Jerk It Out. While the younger generation of people may not immediately know the band strictly from their music, they may recognize them from their appearance in 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
Part of the Viewaskewniverse that features the titular characters reprising their roles in other films like Dogma, Clerks 1 &2, Chasing Amy and Mallrats, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back follows the stoner duo on their quest for love, redemption and freedom for their chimpanzee friend. During the end of the film, Jay and Silent Bob happen upon a Morris Day & The Time concert as the band plays Jungle Love during the end credits.
12. Fall Out Boy – Sex Drive
2008’s Sex Drive, starring Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew and Clark Duke, is a raunchy comedy that see the main character, Josh, travel from Illinois to Tennesse to meet a girl he met online for sex. The twist – the girl is actually conning Josh in order to steal his car, a 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge, which he took from his brother without permission. During the trio’s travels, their car breaks down and is towed by an Amish man, played by Seth Green, who offers to fix it.
While at the Amish farm, the Amish traidtion of Rumspringa is in full-effect as the Amish teens are drinking and partying. During the party, Chicago-based pop-punk band Fall Out Boy is seen playing a concert for the drunken teens. Josh sees his crush, Felicia, dancing with best friend Lance, prompting him to leave the festivities, though Lance was using Felicia as a wingman to score with an Amish girl.
11. Good Charlotte – Not Another Teen Movie
The “spoof” genre has certainly fallen on hard times in the past decade with films like Date Movie, Vampires Suck, Fifty Shades of Black and Meet The Spartans, but back in 2001’s Not Another Teen Movie the schtick still worked. Starring Supergirl‘s Chyler Leigh, Captain America himself, Chris Evans, Jaime Pressly as well as cameos from other actors portraying spoofs on their characters from movies like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Can’t Hardly Wait, Not Another Teen Movie payed comedic homage to classic 90’s teen movies like Varsity Blues, She’s All That and 10 Things I Hate About You.
During the prom scene, Maryland-based pop-punk band Good Charlotte serve as the in-house band providing covers of popular songs like OMD’s If You Leave, The Strangelove’s I Want Candy, and The Beach Boys’ Don’t Talk (Put Your Hand On My Shoulder) as the characters “professionally dance” in a Grease-like way, complete with hand-jives.
10. Oingo Boingo – Back To School
1986’s Back To School, starring legendary funny man Rodney Dangerfield, follows the story of an uneducated father who goes to go college in order to bond with his downtrodden son as he learns that he cannot buy happiness or an education. With co-stars like Robert Downey Jr, William Zabka and Sam Kinison, back to school will remain one of Dangerfield’s greatest films that also had a killer soundtrack. 80’s New Wave band Oingo Boingo would make a cameo appearance during the film, as frontman Danny Elfman would also serve as the soundtrack’s composer.
During a party, Rodney can be seen dancing and oogling co-eds as he throws out crude one-liners in a way only he could. A baby-faced Robert Downey Jr is also seen making fart noises with his mouth and gyrating on the floor while Elfman and the rest of Oingo Boingo play their classic hit Dead Man’s Party.
9. Twisted Sister – Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
During the 1980’s, actor Paul Reubens brought the character of Pee-wee Herman into the homes of children everywhere with his Emmy Award-winning children’s series Pee-wee’s Playhouse that ran from 1986-1991. Pee-wee would also make the jump to the big screen with films like Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Big Top Pee-wee, and 2016’s Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, though Reubens’ infamous scandal would put an end to the character for the better part of 2 decades.
During Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, the titular character is being chased through a Hollywood studio lot, cutting through a Godzilla film shoot and into a Twisted Sister music video. Frontman Dee Snider and the boys are shooting a video for Burn In Hell as Pee-wee nearly avoids crashing into the car the band is playing on, as the parade of movie props attached to Pee-wee’s bike, including Godzilla, crash into it. The look on Dee Snider’s face as an inbound Godzilla on Santa’s sleigh is set to slam the car is priceless
8. Alice Cooper – Wayne’s World
Based on the popular Saturday Night Live skit, 1992’s Wayne’ World starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey blends comedy with rock & roll. The legendary duo, who host a public-access show from Wayne’s parents’ basement, thought they hit the big time when TV producer Benjamin Oliver (Rob Lowe) offers to buy the rights to their show for $10,000. Benjamin is trying to steal away Wayne’s girlfriend Cassandra (Tia Carrere) and distracts Wayne with Alice Cooper tickets and backstage passes.
Wayne and Garth attend the concert, as Alice Cooper plays Feed My Frankenstein during the concert scene. After the show, the pair head backstage to meet the band. During their conversation with Alice and the band, they give a detailed history lesson on the origins of the name Milwaukee, stating that it’s an Algonquin name that means “the good land” and citing more informative, fun facts. Alice invites Wayne and Garth to stick around and hang out, prompting them to drop to their knees and proclaim their unworthiness.
7. Aerosmith – Wayne’s World 2
The popularity of Wayne’s World naturally spawned a sequel, as Wayne’s World 2 hit theatres in 1993, a year after the first film. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey return to reprise their roles as Wayne and Garth, this time attempting to throw a concert they’ve dubbed “Waynestock” after Wayne has a dream featuring Jim Morrison and a “weird naked Indian“. Morrison tells Waye that it is his destiny is to put on the concert, with Wayne hiring Morrison’s former roadie Del Preston (Ralph Brown).
Before the dream, Wayne and Garth attend an Aerosmith concert, where the band plays Dude Looks Like A Lady. The pair have backstage passes and get high fives from them as they make their way off stage, again proclaiming their unworthiness just like when they met Alice Cooper. Wayne struggles to get the fesival off the ground and deals with another man yet again trying to steal girlfriend, Cassandra, as Christopher Walken’s character, Bobby, has his eyes on her and nearly marries her. Waynestock is eventually booked, as Aerosmith hits the stage playing Shut Up and Dance to a very large crowd as the end-credits roll.
6. Cannibal Corpse – Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Jim Carrey’s style of comedy will surely cement him as one of the all-time greats, but his performance as the animal-loving sleuth in 1994’s Ace Ventura: Pet Detective helped to bring him to the forefront. With the film premise set on finding the kidnapped Miami Dolphins mascot, Snowflake, before the Super Bowl, the film showcases his witty humor and outrageousness.
As Ace is attempting to locate Snowflake during the beginning of the film, he visits a hacker named Woodstock that has a secret office inside of a music club. While making his way to the office, Ace ventures through a rowdy crowd attending a concert. Later on in the film as Ace is being chased by thugs, he runs through a Cannibal Corpse concert, getting on-stage and performing with the band as they break into Hammer Smashed Face. Ace lends his “vocals” by nearly swallowing the microphone and gyrating all over the stage. Ace is able to crowd-surf away from the thugs as they are pummeled by the concert-goers.
5. Blink 182 – American Pie
The 1999 teen sex comedy American Pie features a group of friends, played by Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nichols and Eddie Kaye Thomas, on their quest to lose their virginity before graduating from high school. The film helped to create to popular “milf” acronym and is known for its raunchy comedic moments such as Jason Biggs’ character making love to a pie and was parodied heavily in Not Another Teen Movie.
During the scene where Jim (Biggs) has Slovokian exchange student Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth) being secretly filmed via webcam, punk band Blink 182 is shown watching the footage as Jim has accidentally put the live stream all over the internet. The band watches on in a garage where they were rehearsing along with a pet monkey, as their song Mutt is played while Jim runs back and forth between his house and his friend Kevin’s. The film incorrectly credits former Blink 182 Scott Raynor instead of current drummer Travis Barker, who actually appeared in the film.
4. The Dan Band – Old School
The comedy stylings of The Dan Band are well-known thanks to their appearances in films like Starsky & Hutch and The Hangover, but their first appearance in 2003’s Old School helped them to gain popularity. Led by actor/comedian Dan Finnerty, The Dan Band is known for their covers of female-performed pop songs with added obscenities. Their first appearance in Old School during the beginning of the film shows the band performing covers of Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart and Lady by Styx.
During Total Eclipse of the Heart, Dan adds f-bombs into the lyrics that grab the attention of the wedding guests. It’s tough to hear the song today without adding in these lyrics and singing them as loud as possible. The band would also perform Roberta Flack’s Feel Like Makin’ Love during a Bar Mitzvah in Starsky & Hutch as well as 50 Cent’s Candy Shop in The Hangover.
3. Reel Big Fish – BASEketball
South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone would look to capitalize from their animated show’s popularity by starring in the 1998 sports comedy BASEketball. The film’s premise sees the two friends create a new sport, baseketball, which is an amalgamation of basketball and baseball. The sport quickly gains popularity and becomes a national sport, with the friends playing for the Milwaukee Beers team. Though the team would split up and feud during the course of the film, they would reunite to win the Denslow Cup championship.
BASEketball features cameos by athletes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dale Earnhardt and Reggie Jackson along with sports commentators Kenny Mayne, Bob Costas, Al Michaels and Dan Patrick. During one of the Beers’ games, California ska band Reel Big Fish is seen playing their song Beer in the stands to a sold-out crowd. Beer would be included on the film’s soundtrack as well as their cover of A-Ha’s Take On Me.
2. Mudhoney – Black Sheep
Following the success of 1995’s Tommy Boy, Chris Farley and David Spade teamed up again a year later in 1996’s Black Sheep. Farley’s character plays the bumbling brother of a politician that has his sights set on the governer’s mansion in Washington state. In an effort to keep Mike (Farley) away from the press to stop further embarrassment, Al (Tim Matheson) enlists the help of one of his employees (Spade) for the task. During an MTV Rock The Vote rally, Mike inadvertantly stumbles upon the dressing room of a rastafarian band, where he gets high with them.
Mike would be pushed on-stage by Seattle grunge band Mudhoney after he is mistaken for his brother, where he gives a beligerant speech about the power of voting, supporting Al as governor, and tells everyone to “Kill Whitey!“, which kills the mood of the crowd. Mudhoney had just finished their set, playing Poisoned Water Poisons The Mind.
1. Backstreet Boys – This Is The End
Chock-full of cameos from celebrities like Emma Watson, Channing Tatum, Michael Cera, Rihanna and Aziz Ansari, to name a few, 2013’s apocalyptic comedy This Is The End follows an end of days scenario with main characters Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jonah Hill. The beauty of this film, aside from the comedy, is that all the characters portray themselves instead of different characters. The apocalypse erupts during a party at James Franco’s house, where the main characters take refuge.
Following the destruction of the world, most of the cast members are killed and a few are raptured to Heaven, as they have performed selfless acts (and are saved from the gigantic satanic beast roaming Earth). In Heaven, Seth and Jay reunite with Craig, who tells them that all of their desires will come true, which prompts boy band the Backstreet Boys to perform their hit Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) as the cast members dance along with the band.
Now that we’ve listed our favorite band appearances, let us know which other ones you would have on your list. Keep in mind that this list is not ranked by the best cameos and that it only features full bands rather than individual musicians and artists.
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