Top 12 Music Videos With Celebrity Cameos

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Jenny Lewis knows one way to make a music video go viral: feature a handful of celebrity starlets... disguised as dudes. Lewis debuted 'Just One Of The Guys' this week as the first single from her upcoming album, The Voyager. The song is an ode to womanly woes, like the figurative ticking of the biological clock. The music video features Anne Hathaway, Brie Larson, Kristen Stewart and Tennessee Thomas as crossdressers who wear terrible Bieber tracksuits.

Lewis softly croons at a languid speed that channels Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval: "No matter how hard I try, to be just one of the guys / There's a little something inside that won't let me / No matter how hard I try to have an open mind / There's a little clock inside that keeps tickin'..."

The video prompted us to reminisce about other artists who have incorporated celebrity cameos into their music videos in the past.

Now, before you get all Internet-troll-like on us, please note that we refused to include "cameos" of actors who were not yet famous at the time of the video release, ie: Courteney Cox in Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" or Alicia Silverstone in any video for Aerosmith. Opinions are subjective, but our list is not. These really are the best cameos, and most will put a goofy smile on your face. Drum roll please...

Here are the Top 12 Celebrity Cameos in a Music Video:

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10 Punk Albums to Listen to Before You Die

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Coming up with 10 punk albums to listen to before you die is a lot harder than you'd think. For starters, it's a morbid thought, which makes you start asking yourself why in the hell you're thinking about punk albums when you're only gonna die, so who cares?

Second, the best material of many (if not most) punk bands is featured on singles, not full-length records. That's why you won't see Minor Threat on this list because even though they are punk rock royalty, their sole album (1982's Out of Step) isn't as good as their EPs. Or, on the flipside, you got a band like Red Cross, whose first EP is
unfuckwithable, but EPs aren't albums and therefore not included in this list.


That said, there are still plenty of full-length punk records that everyone should most definitely hear and more than likely own.

Here, in no particular order, are 10.

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*10 Jazz Albums to Listen to Before You Die

*Top 25 Greatest OC Bands of All Time

*Top 10 Band Wally George Band Interviews From the Hot Seat

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Top 10 Orange County Concerts of 2009, No. 1: No Doubt, July 31, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine

Editor's Note: Having spent hours perusing the Heard Mentality archives for a Concert Year in Review feature running in the print issue that streets Friday, I compiled a Top 10 list of the coolest shows to come through Orange County in 2009. Here's No. 1. I caught No Doubt perform in Tampa, Fla., in June but totally would've rather witnessed these hot homecoming dates in Irvine.  

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No Doubt at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, August 1

There were huge expectations for the first of No Doubt's four sold-out homecoming shows but the beloved Orange County band rose to the occasion--and then some. Feeding off tremendous crowd energy, No Doubt rocked hits from their nearly two decade-long career, performing with the zeal of an act truly grateful for the global success that started right here. Despite plenty of on-stage fun and audience interaction, the focus remained on the music, which sounded as fresh and ebullient as it did when the band launched an OC ska-punk revolution with their 1995 disc Tragic Kingdom.

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Top 10 Orange County Concerts of 2009, No. 2: Metallica, December 10, Honda Center, Anaheim

Editor's Note: Having spent hours perusing the Heard Mentality archives for a Concert Year in Review feature running in the print issue that streets Friday, I compiled a Top 10 list of the coolest shows to come through Orange County in 2009. Here's No. 2, the first major concert I covered after landing here.

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Andrew Youssef

Whatever demons plagued Metallica in the past were nowhere to be found when the band performed in front of a capacity crowd at the Honda Center. The iconic metal act fired off lean, riveting, meticulously shifting assaults that swept the awe-struck audience into an alternative reality where fast, heavy drum-n-guitar forays conquer all. The four musicians--all in their mid 40s--stalked the stage with a youthful sense of determination and glee.

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Top 10: Orange County Concerts of 2010

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It's time to stop looking back and focus our attention on 2010. Sure, many more concerts will be announced in the coming months. But here are the hot ones, already scheduled, taking place in local clubs, halls, baseball stadiums and hockey arenas. These are the shows you don't dare want to miss. Unless, y'know, you have a family emergency or something.
 

1. Girls, Jan. 25, Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa
The most hyped indie rock band on the planet--or pretty close to it--plays Detroit Bar for a measly $12, which is well worth the price of seeing if the San Francisco act is as spellbindingly good as suggested by the 9.1 rating granted their debut Album--yes, that's the title--by the snark merchants at Pitchfork. Seriously, Pitchfork might be right about these guys. Gutter poet lyrics about being "fucked in the head" sung in a cracked, Elvis Costello croon juxtaposed with jubilant melodies. Sounds like quality rock to me. 

2. Something Corporate at The Bamboozle California, March 28, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim
OC's Something Corporate put a new spin on alt-rock in the early 2000s with their potent, piano-fueled tunes. And then the band broke up. This show, on the second and final day of Bamboozle, will be Something Corporate's first gig in five years
 
3. U2, June 6, Honda Center, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim
The gigantic stage show, whopping ticket prices and Bono's outsized ego make U2 increasingly harder to love. But, as evidenced by their performance at the Rose Bowl on October 25, these veteran stadium rockers can still deliver ultimate rock spectacle that's not devoid of emotional heft.

4. Rufus Wainwright, Jan. 9, Terrace Theater, Long Beach
The drama queen with the stunning voice returns to the area after thrilling audiences April 29 at House of Blues, Anaheim. Yes, we'd gladly pay just to hear him do his spine-tingling version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." 

5. Rhett Miller, Feb. 4, Galaxy Concert Theatre, Santa Ana
The front man for alt-country's most melodic act--the Old 97's--hits the road in support of his superb--mostly acoustic pop--self-titled new solo disc that came out in June.  


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Top 10 Orange County Concerts of 2009, No. 3: Wilco, June 20, Fox Theater, Pomona

Editor's Note: Having spent hours perusing the Heard Mentality archives for a Concert Year in Review feature running in the print issue that streets Jan. 1, I compiled a Top 10 list of the coolest shows to come through Orange County in 2009. I'm posting one per day for the rest of the year.

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Jeff Tweedy replaced his typical frown and snark with smiles, cajoled fans to sing along and even fell to the floor while playing his guitar amongst flashing cameras, lit iPhones and the outstretched arms of overjoyed attendees. Although Wilco has always been known for their solid shows, the band meshed particularly well with a diverse setlist that spanned their acclaimed 15-year career.

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Top 10 Orange County Concerts of 2009, No. 4: Jay-Z, August 8, Honda Center, Anaheim

Editor's Note: Having spent hours perusing the Heard Mentality archives for a Concert Year in Review feature running in the print issue that streets Jan. 1, I compiled a Top 10 list of the coolest shows to come through Orange County in 2009. I'm posting one per day for the rest of the year.

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Jay-Z worked the crowd masterfully, thrusting his mic into the darkness so attendees could finish his lyrics, capping flows a capella, and splitting each side of the arena into a roof-rattling shouting competition. After a solid hour of hits, Jay-Z crushed with a final run of classics that included "Hard Knock Life," "Money Ain't a Thang", "Can I Get a...." and a pulverizing "99 Problems."

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Top 10 Orange County Concerts of 2009, No. 5: Yeah Yeah Yeahs September 15, Fox Theatre, Pomona

Editor's Note: Having spent hours perusing the Heard Mentality archives for a Concert Year in Review feature running in the print issue that streets Jan. 1, I compiled a Top 10 list of the coolest shows to come through Orange County in 2009. I'm posting one per day for the rest of the year.

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Photo from this year's Coachella.

There was good reason for frontwoman Karen O to look so happy during "Zero"--it's one of the best singles of the year, and didn't disappoint live, inviting the listener to truly "shake it like a ladder to the sun," whatever that means. Their ubiquitous smash "Maps," which got slowed down to a barely there acoustic affair, made for an excellent encore.

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