November 27, 2013 via Pepsi
Five Unexpected Cameos in Music Videos This Year
Now, more than ever, music videos have become an extension of an artist’s creativity. Long gone are the days of simply playing instruments or singing into a camera and hoping fans will recognize your face. Whether you’re a rock or pop star, you want to engage your listener with a video that will entertain them. That also means calling upon other celebrities to appear in a video. As such, we’ve rounded up five awesome music videos where an unexpected cameo from a familiar face enhances the viewer’s experience.
Mumford & Sons “Hopeless Wanderer”
Mumford & Sons got creative for their music video “Hopeless Wanderer.” So creative, in fact, that they don’t even show up for the visuals. Instead, the UK folk-rock quartet tapped a hilarious cast of actors and comedians to channel their inner rock star and perform this impressive song. Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis all pick up an instrument and play like there’s no tomorrow. They even pull off a synchronized banjo medley at the end that is worth the price of admission.
HAIM “The Wire”
In HAIM’s music video for “The Wire,” each sister from the group has to say goodbye to their boyfriend, but it’s not as easy as it sounds when the guys don’t want to let go. From there it becomes a hilarious back and forth between them, and the girls eventually walk away without too much baggage. Lead vocalist Danielle’s love interest is comedian and Lonely Island member, Jorma Taccone, who plays the perfect sappy guy that falls head over heels for her.
Major Lazer “Scare Me”
Major Lazer went all out for the music video of their dance club hit “Scare Me,” casting Terry Crews as a crime-fighting superhero who has to save the world from the hands of General Rubbish. It’s an action-packed video that also includes cameos from Workaholics funnyman Blake Anderson, The League’s Nick Kroll and the beautiful Lauren London, who plays Crews’ sidekick.
Solange “Lovers in the Parking Lot”
Solange’s music video “Lovers in the Parking Lot” is a peppy performance from the R&B star as she sings and dances her way through an empty strip mall. Well, empty for the most part, until veteran rapper Bun B shows up halfway through the music video. He stands back and nods his head to the beat, and even does a few dance moves alongside Solange before the camera cuts away. While they’ve never collaborated on a song before, their connection comes through Houston, Texas, where both artists grew up. The video was also shot there, which means local legend Bun B didn’t have to travel too far for his appearance.
Michael Bublé “It’s a Beautiful Day”
Things are looking up for Michael Bublé in his music video “It’s a Beautiful Day” despite the sticky situation he gets into at the beginning. Coming home to surprise his girlfriend, who’s played by actress Jaime Pressly, he finds her kissing her yoga instructor when he walks in the door. Bublé leaves them behind and takes a stroll through the neighborhood, where he realizes the grass is always greener on the other side. It’s an entertaining video, and Pressly gets what she deserves in the end.