As we creep further along into this terrifyingly advanced 21st century, all aspects of media are benefitting, especially the good ol’ music video. Yes, we’ve come a long way from Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing,” but no matter what year it is, there will always be one tried-and-true method of garnering buzz about a music video: A completely out of nowhere, oddly placed, apropos-of-nothing celebrity cameo. Here are five of the weirdest celebrity cameos in music videos.
Christopher Walken – “Weapon of Choice” by Fatboy Slim
Back at the turn of the century, the world was riding a wave of Walken-mania, with his classic “More Cowbell” SNL sketch dropping in early 2000, and this phenomenon of a music video premiering the next year. Because when you’re one of the biggest DJs in the world, sometimes you have to summon the star of The Deer Hunter to dance on the walls. What would you have done?
Paul Rudd, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Sarah Chalke – “Go Kindergarten” by The Lonely Island (f/ Robyn)
The Lonely Island gathers enough cameo star power on each of their records to power a small Danish village, but this video shows that the celebs don’t always have to lay vocal tracks down; they can cut their fingers off or, in the case of Scrubs alum Sarah Chalke, swing around an obscenely large penis.
Tom Hanks – “I Really Like You” by Carly Rae Jepsen
Right when America began to forget the “Call Me Maybe” singer, Carly Rae Jepsen forced a gun to our heads and shoved this song into our earholes where it would be permanently stuck for 2-3 weeks, depending on your age and location. Oh, and one of the most famous A-listers on the planet stars in its video, gleefully lip-synching all the while. Maybe T-Hanks is a Carly-head, or maybe he really, really, really, really, really, really likes her…money.
Kathy Griffin – “The Real Slim Shady” by Eminem
Before Eminem became simultaneously terrifying and one of the greatest rappers of all time, he was making weirdly juvenile (even by early-aughts hip-hop standards) music videos, with random-ass cameos like Kathy Griffin playing a nurse alongside a little person, because for some reason, that was a weirdly specific trend in videos at the time. Nowadays, Em is so intimidating, I’d give any amount of money to see him fight Fred Durst over a blow-up doll in a brand new video. Actually, that sorta goes for any artist or video.
David Hasselhoff – “Sorry For Party Rocking” by LMFAO
This video is the visual equivalent of a migraine headache, with colors, robots and big hair abound. And just when you think the video can’t get any less tolerable (and remember, this is a video in which LMFAO play their own crotchety neighbors, a la darkest timeline Eddie Murphy), the Hoff shows up to help them apologize for having “funs,” winning this the award for Most Dated Time Capsule of 2011.
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