Doing a Hitchcock: Music videos where the act makes a fleeting appearance

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Watching some videos for the music videos poll I enjoyed the brief appearances The Chemical Brothers make, not least as employees of the month in ‘The Golden Path’.

What other videos feature acts doing similarly brief and witty cameos?

Dan Worsley, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 22:47 (two months ago) link

One of my favorite videos hands down is Depeche's "Wrong," and their quick appearance in it adds to the unease.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhnrrLxQEVQ

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 22:50 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR5xGHPUEew

Pulp: Bad Cover Version (featuring Jarvis Cocker as both Brian May and the voice of a Jarvis Cocker impersonator)

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 16 March 2022 23:04 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBruAooXPNU

Donald Fagen: The New Frontier (DF only appears on a poster of the Nightfly cover)

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 16 March 2022 23:07 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34XX_fg-R_4

Sleater-Kinney: Worry With You (featuring Corin & Carrie on the TV in the apartment)

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 16 March 2022 23:19 (two months ago) link

Every Fatboy Slim video

Chris L, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 23:49 (two months ago) link

I've never done a close study, but iirc there are loads he's not in at all?

beepy fridges (sic), Wednesday, 16 March 2022 23:51 (two months ago) link

There are only brief flashes of Anton Fier, Michael Stipe, Syd Straw and maybe some other members of the Golden Palominos in "Boy (Go)":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPFCDzomQU8

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 23:53 (two months ago) link

Good thread

Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, 17 March 2022 00:20 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf-MaLXgl3A

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 17 March 2022 00:25 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXzs47qy2Pk

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 17 March 2022 00:26 (two months ago) link

I never noticed or realized before that Townes Van Zandt is in the classic Willie & Merle video for "Pancho & Lefty" until I saw it again last week.

earlnash, Thursday, 17 March 2022 03:07 (two months ago) link

Radiohead "High and Dry" (the version at the diner).

billstevejim, Thursday, 17 March 2022 04:22 (two months ago) link

xp new order also only appear briefly as a poster on a wall in the video for 1963 (should have nominated that for the video poll but forgot)

soref, Thursday, 17 March 2022 07:01 (two months ago) link

MJ’s « Liberian Girl »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3V-7DEAgdc

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 17 March 2022 07:06 (two months ago) link

Every Fatboy Slim video

― Chris L, Wednesday, March 16, 2022 11:49 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

I've never done a close study, but iirc there are loads he's not in at all?

― beepy fridges (sic), Wednesday, March 16, 2022 11:51 PM (yesterday)

I'm just going on hearing years ago he tried to do in every video. There's a portrait of him in "Weapon of Choice."

Chris L, Thursday, 17 March 2022 14:01 (two months ago) link

Here's his first video.

beepy fridges (sic), Thursday, 17 March 2022 15:42 (two months ago) link

I think a few by R.E.M., "Stand" and "Man on the Moon" in particular.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 17 March 2022 16:26 (two months ago) link

I think the guys are just prominent enough in the “Stand” video to make it a little more than a cameo(?)

Please don’t take / My time change away (morrisp), Thursday, 17 March 2022 16:33 (two months ago) link

Don't they only appear in one shot apiece at the end?

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 17 March 2022 16:35 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5aZOW42vbQ

Devo: Through Being Cool (with the band playing the equipment managers)

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 19 March 2022 12:19 (two months ago) link

George Michael, 'Too Funky'

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Saturday, 19 March 2022 12:26 (two months ago) link

xxp They also show up jumping through the air a few times.

Please don’t take / My time change away (morrisp), Saturday, 19 March 2022 14:11 (two months ago) link

The Coathangers - Follow Me: Mastodon pretend to be the band, actual band make an appearance at the end. (NB it contains a bit of "lol men in dresses" but I don't feel like it's supposed to be derogatory - there's a possibility I read it too positively though.)

emil.y, Saturday, 19 March 2022 14:23 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTUcoR8_pyE

Kate Bush: Experiment IV

Kate briefly appears as a both a monster and a secretary.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 20 April 2022 01:24 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zrkf65GmwE

Talking Heads: "Cross-eyed & Painless"

Possibly the first video without the artist appearing in it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYwQ9wOOLxA

TISM: Thunderbirds are Coming Out

Vernon Locke, Wednesday, 11 May 2022 03:05 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B__8N5d_LA

Duran Duran: "The Chauffeur" (NSFW)

...and really those last two I posted probably shouldn't be here, since the artists aren't in them at all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycvJHQUqU1M

REM: "Crush With Eyeliner" (featuring The band popping up as audience members near the end)


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