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Have You Ever Been In a Music Video?

We want to know all about your cameo.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 10:19 AM

Earlier this week, we got an email from one of our Soundcheck Resolutions participants - Andrea. (You might remember her as the psychotherapist who wanted to start an “all-shrink” band.) She shared some good news with us that we’re going to write about later this week. But her email also included something else that we found particularly interesting: a link to this 1992 “Back to the Grill” MC Serch music video.

See, it turns out that Andrea was an extra in the video (she’s the red-haired hippie dancer at :40, as well as one of the scurrying nuns at 1:56). She sent us the link because we recently talked about Nas’s latest album, Life is Good - and Nas (back then, “Nasty Nas”) is featured in the song and video.

After watching Andrea’s clip, we were of course inspired us to start rattling off famous cameos in music videos - you know, like Courteney Cox’s on-stage jamming in Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” video, or John C. Reilly’s role as a looter in Fiona Apple’s video for “Across the Universe," or (most importantly) Al Franken's pop-up appearance in Ray Parker Jr.'s Ghostbusters video.

But what we really want to know is - how many of our listeners, like Andrea, have been in music videos? If you’ve been an extra (or a featured character) in one, we REALLY want to hear from you. What was your experience like? How did you get the part? Have you ever inadvertently been in one - and found out later? And - obviously - you must include the YouTube link.


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Comments [3]


I was in a punk rock video for Me first and the gimmie gimmies back in the day. My boyfriend at the time worked for the record label and they needed people to be in the video pretending like they were doing karaoke. It was totally fun and I got to take off work that day to hang out with some rock stars. I was super nervous though. I am not made to be in front of a camera. around 2:09.

Aug. 01 2012 06:54 PM
Eddie Kent

I am in the Rolling Stones video Waiting on a Friend from 1980. Liz Donovan suggested that I contact you.

Aug. 01 2012 04:51 AM
Meryl Wheeler

Thrilled to say I was an extra in the all-star video for The Rutles comeback video, "Shangri-La," along with such luminaries as Cyndi Lauper, Janeane Garafalo, Richard Belzer and the immortal Eartha Kitt. Not sure I can actually be spotted due to the poor quality of the video, but I don't think it ever ended up being released and I'm surprised I even found one! The song is from the "Archeology" album, released to parody the Beatles "Anthology" albums. I was a publicist at their label, hence my participation in the video, and can report that Neil Innes is one of the nicest people on the planet.

Jul. 31 2012 09:36 PM

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