Episode 68 – Celebrity Cameos in Music Videos

Getting your music video played on MTV was the goal of almost every musical act in the 1980s and 1990s. (Yes, kids: MTV actually used to play music videos instead of a 24/7 loop of Real World/Road Rules Challenge). And there was nothing to make your music video stand out like have a celebrity – or multiple celebrities – show up for a cameo.

I mean, who could deny the celebrity firepower of Rodney Dangerfield, Milton Berle or Ally Sheedy. One of them appearing in your music video = instant hit!

We break down the best – and strangest – celebrity music video cameos ever. Jeff’s had enough of Michael and Richard’s shenanigans, so he’s brought in some help – his brother Sam! It’s double the Hopkins, double the judgments.

Michael’s Picks:

  • Eddie Murphy (and others) in “Remember the Time” by Michael Jackson
  • Kim Basinger in “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Christopher Walken in “Weapon of Choice” by Fatboy Slim
  • Every Supermodel Ever in Freedom! 90 by George Michael

Richard’s Choices

  • Paul McCartney in “They Don’t Know” by Tracey Ullman
  • Milton Berle in “Round and Round” by Ratt
  • Keanu Reeves in “Rush, Rush” by Paula Abdul
  • Ally Sheedy and Johnny 5 in “Who’s Johnny” by El DeBarge

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