April 27, 2010
Music Videos With Celebrity Cameos
I haven’t made a list in a while…and this one seemed like a good idea at the time. I got inspired by watching “Stylo“, almost immediately followed by “Giving Up The Gun“. As usual I didn’t want to rank them or anything. Instead, I made a few rules for myself:
1.) Actors only. Not models (sorry George Michael), not other musicians (sorry Dave Grohl), not hockey stars (sorry Wayne Gretzky), not even actors-who-have-bands (sorry Jared Leto). Just actors.
2.) No “Official” songs (too easy…waaaaay too easy).
3.) As I said…no ranking. Just videos I liked, sometimes for a single reason, sometimes for many ^^
Alright…here we go…
I) Jamie Foxx ft. T-Pain – Blame It (On the Alcohol)
Because I simply love the idea of making a super-slick R’n'B jerk off-fantasy of a video, filling it with some of the coolest men on this planet…and Ron Howard.
II) Slipknot – Snuff
Not my usual kind of video…but it makes brilliant use of the fact that Malcolm McDowell is creepy as hell. Like someone went “We don’t need the masks…we have him.”
III) Counting Crows – Long December
Alright…this video would have worked just as well with a random woman from some street somewhere. But it’s beautiful, and I feel that not enough people have seen it. So there.
IV) Beatsteaks – Hello Joe
One of the reasons why I think that having coffee with Jürgen Vogel would be brilliant.
V) Fergie – Big Girls Don’t Cry
Say what you will about the singer and the song (I’ll admit it’s a guilty pleasure of mine)…but this video reminded me that Milo Ventimiglia can be hot (when he isn’t Emo Petrelli), and I’m grateful.
VI) Tori Amos – A Sorta Fairytale
Of course it’s weird, it’s Tori Amos. But it’s also sort of adorable, and weirdly beautiful, and included especially for kalafudra ^.~
VII) Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
So simple, and yet so brilliant.
VIII) Annie Lennox – Walking On Broken Glass
Yes, she’s wearing a towel on her head and the ending makes no sense whatsoever. But they hid not one but TWO of my favourite actors under all that makeup, and that makes me happy.
IX) Foo Fighters – Learn To Fly
This is probably breaking my own rules, but Jack Black IS an actor. Mainly. And anyway, this is one of the Bestest Videos Ever.
X) Elton John – I Want Love
This one has to be appreciated on several different levels. Firstly, seeing Robert Downey Jr is always a good thing. Secondly, RDJ got out of rehab to shoot this video, which makes it particularly poignant (especially for an Elton John song). And thirdly, RDJ’s about half a second away from breaking into laughter because the lyrics are so hopelessly cheesy, and he let’s us see it, because that’s how he rolls. (Besides, his own songs about this stuff are better, and he knows it, too.)
XI) Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry Be Happy
One of the earliest videos I can remember seeing. It’s from way back in a time when Robin Williams was still great, and seeing him on screen with Bill Irwin is just sublime (and when I say sublime, I mean hilarious, naturally).
XII) Johnny Cash – God’s Gonna Cut You Down
Can you fit more stars in a single music video? I don’t think so. More importantly, has Johnny Depp ever looked hotter? I don’t think so! (No, not even in “Into The Great Wide Open“).
XIII) Oasis – The Importance of Being Idle
Rhys Ifans can make me pretty happy just by showing up. Imagine how happy he can make me by dancing in a funeral parlour, in a top hat…
XIV) Texas – In Demand
Cuddling with Alan Rickman while being driven through England in an open Bentley? (I realise that this is probably just me, but…) WANT.
XV) Fatboy Slim – Weapon of Choice