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10 Movies…Directed By Rock and Pop Stars (To Prepare You for Rob Zombie’s ‘The Lords of Salem’)

Lots of musicians decide they are famous and attractive enough to act, but it takes a special kind of hubris to take a break from making music to direct a movie. Sometimes it works out, as with the fruitful horror filmmaking career of Rob Zombie, whose The Lords of Salem comes out this week. Here are some others who gave it a shot. The Education of Charlie Banks The guy who got an Oscar nomination for The Social Network was once directed by Fred Durst, the guy who wrote the line “gimme somethin’ to break / how ‘bout your fuckin’ face.” But he does know what it’s like to be a violent thug, so there’s that. Yentl Streisand has one of the greatest voices ever, and she’s a good actress, too. And then there’s this literal vanity project, in which the 41-year-old Streisand directs her own performance as a teenager, who disguises herself as a boy to attend a yeshiva. Falling From Grace Ol’ John Cougar made himself up a movie-film real good like, with …

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Greatest Un-Hits: Cher with Beavis and Butt-head, “I Got You Babe” (1993)

Beavis and Butt-head had their cultural moment in 1993. All of 1993. Their cartoon was the #1 show on MTV (even after they couldn’t say “fire” anymore because some kid burned down his house). Bands they approved of in the music video-commentary segment of their show made bands into stars (e.g. White Zombie), and tons of merch flowed, such as books, talking keychains, T-shirts, and of course, an album. The Beavis and Butt-head Experience is a throwaway collection for the most part, consisting primarily of unused tracks from bands Beavis and Butt-head said were “cool,” such as Anthrax, Megadeth, Jackyl, and Run-D.M.C. The Red Hot Chili Peppers contributed a lazy cover of Iggy Pop’s “Search and Destroy”; Aerosmith’s “Deuces are Wild” was just a demo, and it went to #1 on the rock chart. Primus, to its credit, wrote and performed an original song about Beavis and Butt-head called “Poetry and Prose.” The album went platinum, such was the draw of anything with the words “Beavis” and/or “Butt-head” on it in 1993. Beavis and Bitt-head …