Nothing beats a great movie — or hell, even a stupid movie — featuring a surprise appearance from a famous musical artist you love. What better way to start the weekend than by looking back at a few of my favorite musical movie cameos?
Being a police informant’s never been as cool as when Snoop did it in 2004’s Starsky & Hutch reboot. Between the outfits, the iguana, the car, and the pageboy, it’s enough to make you wish you were a criminal.
Best line: (in response to Starsky asking “Biker bar, huh? What goes on down there?”) “I don’t know. Listen to Jim Croce, play darts — whatever the hell else you white people do.”
Holy shit, is that Phil Collins? Indeed it is. In a movie filled with big names and big cameos, they tucked him neatly in as the police inspector who’s in charge of finding Peter’s missing kids.
Best line: None. It’s all blathering, but it’s PHIL COLLINS blathering!
As if 1992’s Wayne’s World could be any more sublime, it famously features rock legend Alice Cooper as himself (“We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!”). Maybe if I’m very, very good, I too will one day make it backstage at an Alice Cooper show.
Best line: “Actually, it’s pronounced mill-e-wah-que, which is Algonquin for ‘the good land.'”
Without Billy Idol making an appearance, you simply can’t make the quintessential ’80s movie. Billy Idol, who has a picture of himself in his attic that ages in his stead, makes a hilarious appearance as Adam Sandler’s first-class confidante in the 1998 love letter to our favorite decade.
Best line: “Ah, Glenn doesn’t deserve her. All he cares about are possessions: fancy cars, CD players. Even women are possessions to him.” (Robbie: “See?! Billy Idol gets it!”)
What can I say? I can’t get enough Snoop, and I love stoner movies. If visitors from another planet came to Earth in a quest to immerse themselves in all things Snoop Dogg, I’d show them this clip first. It’s as good a place to start as any.
Best line: “That’s too bad, man. I just stopped smoking yesterday.”