In film, cameos by musicians are usually played for laughs. It’s a bit different in TV.
Plenty of TV shows shoehorn performances, be it Roy Orbison on The Dukes of Hazzard, The Flaming Lips at 90210‘s Peach Pit, or even a surreal performance by Motorhead on The Young Ones. More rewarding (and more like their film counterparts) are those unlikely cameos that involve some sort of self-parody.
Here are 10 of the most unusual television cameos by musicians, whether animated or live action. While artists usually play a fictionalized version of themselves, watch out for musicians as mythology professors and mental patients, as well.