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Musicians and TV: 10 of the most unlikely cameo roles

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  • From Bowie to Britt Daniel, the oddest collisions between the worlds of music and television.
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    5 Sep 2012
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    Chris Kelly
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Musicians and TV: 10 of the most unlikely cameo roles

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.

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