List #1: Great movie cameos by musicians...

In the first of an ongoing series of lists, we're focussing on our favourite cameos by musicians.  Brilliant, hilarious moments where people you normally see making wonderful noises have popped up in unexpected places...

5. Chris Isaak - Silence of the Lambs (1991)

In one of the film's most tense scenes, the chiselled crooner and 50s-throwback takes on the crucial role of 'SWAT Commander'.  Beads of sweat clearly demonstrate the seriousness of the situation.

Isaak went on to play a more important role in 1992's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Special Agent Chester Desmond, and continues to be a musical favourite here at Snowcat Cinema.

4. Alice Cooper - Wayne's World (1992)

Bat-eating, devil worshipping, mascara-disrespecting, leather-clad rocker Alice Cooper had become something of a joke by 1992 - a far cry from his 70s musical peak.  His cameo in the iconic comedy Wayne's World was a brilliant, knowing and humble performance that introduced him to a whole new generation. 

Self-parody in comedy has rarely been so successful - Cooper's rabble-rousing, parent-scaring persona is replaced by a thoughtful, intelligent historian with a scholar's knowledge of Milwaukee. We're not worthy!

3. Alanis Morisette - Dogma (1999)

Not the only time that Alanis Morisette took to the big screen, but she plays the biggest role of them all in Kevin Smith's all-star, church-baiting, fantasy comedy, Dogma

God is a tough part to play, especially when standing next to the actors' deity that was Alan Rickman, but Alanis balances mute innocence with terrifying vocal power (a scream that pops heads) and even manages to strike awe into the heart of the stoner's stoner, Jay.

2. Flea - Back to the Future II and III (1989/1990)

Although he can be more often found slapping the bass with Red Hot Chilli Peppers, movie credits including The Big Lebowski, My Own Private Idaho, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, demonstrate that Flea is no stranger to the world of acting.

His appearance as the rodent-faced, McFly-prodding, reprobate Needles in the second and third installments of the Back to the Future trilogy remains a career highlight though. Nobody calls Marty McFly chicken...

1. David Bowie - Zoolander (2001)

Who else could have over-seen the crucial walk-off between Derek Zoolander and Hansel? At the peak of the feud between the world's two best models, only a true superstar could bring the prerequisite experience and gravitas to the battle.

Bowie inhabited a world filled with beautiful people and his effortless cool enabled him to make a number of self-parodying cameos over the years, as well as some timeless leading roles.

RIP Thin White Duke

Coming soon, list #2: Best soundtracks by bands/solo artists