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Band Cameos In The Movies

Whitney points us to this list of the Top 12 Appearances By Bands In Films, which is a great idea, but ends up being shit ’cause most of the examples don’t even include notable bands — they’re just music scenes! Here’s what they came up with:

  • San Francisco dinner jazz in Bullit
  • Jazz club scene in Collateral
  • Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds in Wings of Desire
  • Cliff Richard ‘Junior’ in Thunderbirds
  • The Pretty Things and Norman Wisdom in What’s Good For The Goose
  • Graham Bond Organisation in Gonks Go Beat
  • Warhol party scene from Midnight Cowboy
  • Moby Grape from Sweet Ride
  • Chico Hamilton Quintet in Sweet Smell of Success
  • Jazz band creates havoc in Tati’s Playtime
  • Bauhaus in The Hunger
  • The Yardbirds in Blow Up

  • Of course The Yardbirds and Nick Cave are always appreciated, but let’s put together something with more actual bands, yeah? Doesn’t even have to be an awesome appearance. Here are some to get started:

  • My Morning Jacket (playing “Freebird”) in Elizabethtown
  • Twisted Sister in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
  • L7 in Serial Mom
  • Ray Charles in Blues Brothers
  • Aretha Franklin in Blues Brothers
  • James Brown in Blues Brothers
  • James Brown in Ski Party
  • Aerosmith in Waynes World 2
  • Morris Day & The Motherfucking Time in Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back
  • Alice In Chains (as Alice In Chains) in Singles
  • Soundgarden (as Soundgarden) in Singles
  • Pearl Jam (as members of Citizen Dick) in Singles
  • The Ramones in Rock ‘N’ Roll High School
  • Miles Davis in Scrooged
  • Ween in It’s Pat
  • ZZ Top in Back To The Future III
  • Yo La Tengo (as Velvet Underground) in I Shot Andy Warhol

  • And of course we immediately thought of Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man’s Party” from Back To School, but only ’cause we’ve been rocking to Rolling Stone’s Saddam Execution Playlist. Your turn!