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Is there anything more exciting than spotting a medium-transcending cameo by your favorite musician?

It’s one thing to catch surprise guest appearances in songs and music videos. However, many artists take it a step further, harnessing their extensive talent for TV entertainment.

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No doubt, there are probably some specific examples that come to mind when you think of small-screen cameos. After all, we’re still reeling after recognizing Henry Rollins in Sons Of AnarchyBut how well do you really know the filmographies of alternative icons?

Take the quiz below to see if you can match these well-known musicians to their TV debuts.

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There’s no shortage of musical guest opportunities on TV shows. From children’s shows to sitcoms, we’ve truly seen an extensive range of appearances. Short of targeted, MTV-style live shows, however, no program boasts a band roster as impressive as The Simpsons.

The animated series has gained quite a reputation for being topical in the decades following its debut in 1989. Though hardly grounded in realism, the series holds up such a reflective mirror to society that it often seems to predict the future.

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With such a strong foundation in popular culture, it’s hardly surprising that the show has featured so many musical cameos over its near-700 episode run. Early seasons brought notable ’90s icons such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Smashing Pumpkins. And, of course, by the mid- to late 2000s, we were seeing appearances by the likes of blink-182Weird Al and Fall Out Boy.

More recently, we’ve gotten to see the likes of RuPaul and Weezer join the ensemble. The series even spun its own take on Stranger Things during its 666th episode and Halloween special in 2019.

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Though seemingly minor, such cameos are actually a significant milestone that represents a mainstream standing. Now the longest-running TV show ever, The Simpsons is embedded deeply into our culture. So much so that it’s added words to the dictionary and inspired a Vans shoe collection.