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Director Cameron Crowe’s latest film, the documentary “Pearl Jam Twenty,” devotes a full two hours to the history of the titular grunge band. It’s rare that grunge musicians get so much screen time – Hole’s Courtney Love, who starred in “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Man on the Moon,” is the rare exception – but a number of them have had bit parts, sometimes in the most unexpected of films. Here are eight noteworthy movie cameos by grunge rockers.
Pearl Jam in “Singles” (1992)
Two decades before “Pearl Jam Twenty,” Crowe cast PJ’s Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, and Stone Gossard as members of the Matt Dillon-fronted band Citizen Dick in the cameo-heavy Seattle flick “Singles.”
Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic in “World’s Greatest Dad” (2009)
Comedian-turned-director Bobcat Goldthwait hired buddy Krist Novoselic, formerly of Nirvana, to comfort a grieving Robin Williams in this scene from “World’s Greatest Dad.”
Nirvana’s Dave Grohl in “Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny” (2006)
Former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, a.k.a. the Nicest Guy in Rock, plays against type as the devil in “Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny.”
(Warning: The below video clip contains explicit language. A lot of it.)
7 Year Bitch in “Mad Love” (1995)
Seattle’s 7 Year Bitch perform their song “The Itch” in a club scene from the 1995 Drew Barrymore/Chris O’Donnell romantic drama “Mad Love.”
Mudhoney in “Black Sheep” (1996)
Quintessential grunge band Mudhoney play a Rock the Vote concert forty-four minutes into the 1996 Chris Farley comedy “Black Sheep.” The clip’s not on YouTube at this time, but the song they play (“Poisoned Water Poisons the Mind”) is.
Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell in “Jerry Maguire” (1996)
Crowe employed another Seattle scenester, Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, as a copy shop employee who offers words of encouragement to Tom Cruise in “Jerry Maguire.”
TAD’s Tad Doyle in “Singles” (1992)
And, finally, the best grunge cameo of all time: Former TAD frontman Tad Doyle’s four-second-long appearance in “Singles.” Fast-forward to :53 for the quick cameo.