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NOTE: If I missed anyone, please let me know. I would like to make this list somewhat definitive. (I already noticed a couple I missed. I am no good at this. Please help.)
This counts, right? Of course it does.
Features a then-unknown Courtney Love.
Starring and created by John Lurie. Episode 2 features Tom Waits.
Before this, Jason Schwartzman was just the drummer for Phantom Planet.
Made Jimmy Cliff a bona fide star.
Did you know Richard Edson was the original drummer for Sonic Youth?
Could have been a concert doc like Monterey Pop or Woodstock, but... well, you know what happened.
The only Criterion release that focused specifically on music videos, each one a mini-masterpiece.
Lurie and Waits again.
Some of the most important music of the 1960s.
Brief appearances by Flea and Lyle Lovett.
With Little Nell and Richard O'Brien (both from Rocky Horror), Toyah Wilcox, Wayne (now Jayne) County, Adam Ant, drummer Barney James, Chelsea's Gene October, and cameos by Siouxsie Sioux and fellow Banshee Steven Severin.
To make up for the severely-edited film, Selznick added a prologue featuring Patti Page.
Charles Aznavour is in this? I had no idea!
There are so many people in this movie, I'm not sure which ones are musicians. I can tell you that Teresa Taylor ("Pap Smear Pusher" from the poster/cover) was the drummer for Butthole Surfers. Kathy McCarthy, best known for her album of Daniel Johnston songs, also appears.
Deborah Harry as kinky radio host Nicki Brand.
The huge cast includes Tom Waits, Lyle Lovett, Huey Lewis, and jazz singer Annie Ross.
Also features Flea.
Mick Jagger appears.
One of the most memorable things about this film was Seu Jorge's interpretations of Bowie.
Stars Art Garfunkel.
Tell me Bowie wasn't perfect for this role.
Features ye-ye girls Chantal Goya and Francoise Hardy.
Starring Charles Aznavour.
Milla Jovovich is one of the few actor-(model-)musicians I actually consider a musician.
Chris D (the Flesh Eaters), John Doe (X), and Dave Alvin (the Blasters) were all signed to Slash Records. Coincidence?
One segment features Tuli Kupferberg of the Fugs.
Anna Prucnal later became a singer.
All three leads (John Lurie, Richard Edson, Eszter Balint) are also musicians.
The most recognizable name here is Lotte Lenya.
James Taylor drives, Dennis Wilson tweaks.
Featuring Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also co-wrote the score).
Edson again, along with Joe Strummer (score composer).
No stars, but Laurie Anderson is a featured narrator.
Oh, Faye Wong.
Performances by Crime and the City Solution and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
Brief appearance by John Lurie. (Check the deleted scenes for a harmonica solo.)
Great performances by Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Joe Strummer.
String band music is highly underappreciated.
Starring David Bowie and Ryuichi Sakamoto (who composed again). Also features Yuya Uchida (formerly of Flower Travellin' Band).
Jason Schwartzman's better known as an actor these days, but he still records occasionally.
Stars Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Like an episode of the Monkees' TV show written on Frodis. Also features Frank Zappa and Toni Basil.
Features Phil Spector in the beginning and Toni Basil in the end.
Toni Basil again!
Featuring Scatman Crothers. You all know what happened the next time he and Nicholson got together.
Chico Hamilton adds an appropriate jazz backdrop.
"The Willies" are, in reality, The Feelies.
Features Sir Duke himself.
None of the Who appears, but Sting does.
Features guitarist Paco de Lucia.
Serge Gainsbourg as Monsieur Drugstore.
Features Rush's Alex Lifeson back when he was still Alex Zivojinovich.
If Spinal Tap counts, so does this. Still remember them playing "Sweet Home Alabama" on the Video Music Awards.