Put a Heard on It! “Portlandia’s” 11 Best Musical Cameos
IFC's sleeper-hit sketch comedy show "Portlandia," helmed by punk musician-turned "SNL" cast member-turned-Seth Meyers bandleader Fred Armisen and Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag guitarist Carrie Brownstein, returns for a fourth season this Thursday. And with Season 4 will surely come a slew of guest appearances by various hipster actors and comedians. But we here at Yahoo Music are especially looking forward to all the cameos by Fred and Carrie's musical friends (like confirmed future guest k.d. lang), since a typical "Portlandia" cast listing often reads like a who's-who of indie rock.
The dream of the '90s is clearly alive in Portland, judging by the many past "Portlandia" appearances by that decade's grunge-rock elite. But all sorts of cool musicians have graced the show. To celebrate "Portlandia's" long-awaited return, we're ranking the best musician cameos in the series' history. (Note: This is an article best read by the bedside glow of an artisanal lightbulb.)
11. No Doubt – On the "Nina's Birthday" episode, Nina received a hella good present from her biker boyfriend, Lance: a private hot-air balloon ride with the recently reunited No Doubt. While Gwen Stefani refused to dish about how she and her own significant other, Bush's Gavin Rossdale, celebrate her birthday, we're kind of dreaming that question will be answered in "Portlandia" Season 4…when the reunited Bush hopefully make a cameo in a "Lance's Birthday" sequel skit. Make it happen, IFC.
10. Isaac Brock – The Modest Mouse singer was neither modest nor mousy when he landed in the middle of a heated rock 'n' roll debate with the Krautrock-loving, literally too-cool-for-school parents at Portland's exclusive Shooting Star pre-school. However well-intentioned, Isaac's attempt to donate his old Temple of the Dog and "Back to the Future" albums to the school's library was not appreciated. We totally would have taken that Talk Talk record off his hands, though…
9. Steve Jones – In "Portlandia's" most surreal and ambitious skit yet, the Sex Pistols' fearsome axe-slinger brought just the right amount of punk-rock menace to his role of the nasty bouncer of "Brunch Village." We've been scared to eat eggs Benedict ever since.