Center Stage, Take Two
Continuing our look at musicians who’ve found their way into the movies, Part II of our Center Stage series (to see Part I, click here) examines another John Cusack dream sequence, make-up laden rockers, an early look at some Seattle grunge legends as well as some rap star moguls flanking Denzel Washington.
Detroit Rock City – KISS
How far would you go to get to a KISS concert in Detroit? The high school quartet of derelicts battled all the elements in making it happen.
Role Models – KISS
Technically, the band didn’t appear but I give the film an honorable mention in its unmatched passion in paying homage to Starchild, The Demon, Spaceman and Catman.
High Fidelity – Bruce Springsteen
You can’t go wrong with advice on women from The Boss. We should all be so lucky.
Singles – Pearl Jam
Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament served as band mates to Matt Dillon’s Citizen Dick project. As the fictitious reviews in the movie would detail, Dillon was the expendable component in that mix. Singles also featured Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Alice and Chains playing at a club.
American Pie – Blink 182
Count the boys of Blink 182 as part of the masses who saw Jason Biggs’ character fail miserably (and prematurely) during a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with a hot babe captured on streaming video.
Saving Silverman – Neil Diamond
One of the few things this movie got right was a Neil Diamond tribute band that ultimately led to a cameo from Mr. Diamond himself.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery – Burt Bacharach
The Silence of the Lambs: Chris Isaak
You read this right. With all the star power from 1992’s Oscar award-winning Best Picture, you might not have noticed the singer serving as one of the SWAT commanders during Hannibal’s escape. Yet there he was.
Training Day – Dr. Dre & Snoop Dog
Denzel’s Oscar in 2002 was a result of an awe inspiring performance from start to finish and the character study of the rest of the cast played a large part in the success and flow of the script. Snoop and Dre were two parts of those layers that made these rap icons much more than just stand-ins and background filler. It should be noted that Macy Gray had an equally memorable cameo as well.
Clueless – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
While the late Brittany Murphy’s character was taking a digger down a flight of stairs, the Bosstones provided the soundtrack for it.
Anthony Keidis – Point Break
The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ frontman looked very much in his element as one of the surf hoods who tried to teach Johnny Utah a lesson. While there was no singing in this role, Keidis did provide a righteous yell when he shot himself in the foot with a sawed-off shotgun.
Henry Rollins – Heat
With a star-studded cast led by De Niro and Pacino, Rollins certainly is going to fly under the radar here but he proved to be a reliable body guard whose swan song was being thrown through a sliding glass door.