What gives, PopWatchers? Only two — two! — of you got this one exactly right, thought several of you came close. The question was: What do performers Paula Abdul, Shannon Hoon, Juliette Lewis, Jennifer Lopez, and Keanu Reeves have in common? The answer I was looking for: they’d all appeared in other artists’ music videos before launching their own musical careers. Abdul and J. Lo appeared in Janet Jackson’s “What Have You Done For Me Lately” and “That’s the Way Love Goes,” respectively, before becoming solo hitmakers. Reeves, in turn, played the James Dean-ish lead in Abdul’s “Rush, Rush” (pictured) before moonlighting as a bassist with the band Dogstar. Like Reeves, Lewis was an established film star — but not yet frontwoman of Juliette and the Licks — when she showed up in Melissa Etheridge’s “Come to My Window” video. And before his band Blind Melon took off, frontman Hoon appeared in Guns N’ Roses “Don’t Cry.”
So, kudos to Melissa Bartlett and James Mintz, who got it exactly right. Honorable mention to each of the following, who recognized that these performers had all appeared in other people’s videos but didn’t note that they did so before going behind the mic themselves: Russell Barlow, Diane Broderick, John Lockamy, Bill Petrullo, Jeffrey A. Prior, Jon Robertson, Dan Stadnik, Betsy Vander Voort, and Patrick A. Yearout.
Points also go to each of the following answers, which were wrong but very entertaining, as you’ll see after the jump.
Ummm… They all (mistakenly) think they can sing?
I think they were all cheerleaders in high school.
Aren’t they all people whose music careers are dead (or should be dead)?
By the way, have you ever noticed that Brad Pitt’s girlfriends are always in a Melissa Etheridge video? Juliette Lewis, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston all took a turn while with Pitt. I wonder when Angelina’s gonna step up?
Thanks for playing, everyone! Come back Friday afternoon for another HeadScratcher…