After seeing Prince’s cameo on New Girl and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon make an appearance on Girls, I couldn’t help but think about all the shows I watched growing up that featured musical guest stars. Digging up a bunch of these relics on YouTube led me to one conclusion: Watching musicians on TV shows as themselves is — nine times out of then — one of the most awkward things to witness ever. And God forbid these TV producers give these musicians a few lines because most of them can’t act their way out of a paper bag.
But who doesn’t love to indulge in some serious awkwardness from time to time? With that said, check out these 20 musical guest performances from your favorite TV shows that you definitely forgot about: