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OPEN POST: Which Actor’s Music Career Do You Most Enjoy, Ironically or Otherwise?

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brian-mcgee - May 11, 2018

If you're a connoisseur of awful music, you often need to look no further than actors turned musicians. While there are exceptions to this rule, the vast majority of actors who release albums are just doing it as a lark, a side project funded by their own success in a completely unrelated field.

Often, the size and scope of the downfall of these projects is directly related to how earnest their content is. Scott Baio's dour and humorless cover of The Grass Roots' "Midnight Confessions" is a great example of this in action. The total lack of self-awareness lends this already bad music an air of intrigue it wouldn't otherwise have.

It's why consumers thumb their nose at gimmick albums by celebrities. They can smell the scam a mile away. But the guys who really give it their all that stand out from the crowd like Corey Feldman, Billy Bob Thornton, and my personal choice for greatest music career by an actor, Rick Moranis.

Moranis was back in the news recently for a vocal guest appearance on The Goldbergs, but he's notoriously fickle about what projects he chooses to do, saying no to most of them. His music career, however, is something of an anomaly. It's not that we don't associate Moranis with music—he absolutely killed it as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors—it's just that... well... I mean, just look at the cover of his debut album, 1989's You, Me, The Music, and Me....

 

You look at that and you think, "Okay, he's joking. It's a joke." And it's mostly joke songs, like some bizarre ass covers of songs...

 

And it seemed like that would be the end of it. Funny album from a funny guy. Until sixteen years later, when he hadn't appeared on screen in close to a decade, he released another album titled The Agoraphobic Cowboy. It's another comedy album, we thought. Until we saw the cover...

Oh no, he's taking himself seriously. This can't be good. But then the album comes out and it's full of gimmicky songs...

 

Rick Moranis' music career only gets weirder from there. Eight years later, in 2013, he releases his third album, My Mother's Brisket & Other Love Songs.

The album cover's a dead giveaway once again. It's his third gimmicky album featuring such hits as...

I don't get it, but I have to admit that I respect the hell out of Moranis for making the albums he wants to make and releasing them whenever he feels like it.

So how about you? Which actor has a music career that most delights you, whether ironically or honestly? Let us know in the comments section below!

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