Posted November 19, 2014 by Mike Mineo in Features

The Best Celebrity Music Video Cameos

It seems music videos are becoming less and less important. Gone are the days where videos were eight minutes long and multi-million dollar productions, and enter the world of Spotify and iTunes where only sound is important. But why?

Over the years we’ve enjoyed some incredible and groundbreaking videos. There’s been black Jesus, Claymation Peter Gabriel, synchronized zombie dancing, and of course hundreds of brilliant celebrity cameos.

Here, we take a look at five of the best cameo performances, including some modern hits that have spurned the movement away from a simple music video.

Christopher Walken – Fatboy Slim

Marrying Joel David Moore, beating Poker Hall of Fame inductee Daniel Negreanu, and kicking Penn and Teller out of a hotel room – just another night in Vegas for Katy Perry. The 30-year-old pop sensation returned to form with Waking Up In Vegas, telling the story of the chaos which ensues in Las Vegas.

Featuring a plethora of stars, her and love interest David Moore are seen winning in the casinos and beating poker legend Negreanu, before kissing in a money booth and watching their luck change for the worse. Of course it didn’t off screen, as the single went on to sell over 2.2 million copies in the US alone.

Seth Rogan, Elijah Wood, and Danny McBride – Beastie Boys

We’re not sure why, but there’s something we find incredibly entertaining about Chevy Chase lip-syncing to You Can Call Me Al in a pastel pink walled room. Perhaps it’s because Chase himself is an incredibly funny man.

In 1986, when the song was released, Chase had already become a legend of the screen, playing notable characters Ty Webb, Emmett Fitz-Hume, and of course Clark Griswold, providing the perfect humour to compliment the upbeat hit.

Bruce Willis – Gorillaz

Not only did Gorillaz’s last album feature some of the world’s biggest names on the record, it also starred them in the videos. Action hero Bruce Willis led the way in first single Stylo, playing a cop chasing down the infamous Cyborg Noodle and 2D characters synonymous with the band.

The video was nominated for Best Short Form Music Video at the Grammys in 2011, but missed out to Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound. I used to write for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine. Send your music to [email protected].