From guesting in cop shows to shocking Jools, these are the decade's coolest on-screen events.

1. At The Drive-In On Later…
Yeeah, a band playing music on a music show isn’t surprising, but the ferocity of ATD-I’s 2000 performance was an inspiration for the rest of the decade.
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2. Jon Bon Jovi On The West Wing
Woah, we’re halfway there. Woah, making a cameo in series seven and nailing that ‘liberal media-savvy 20-something’ demographic on a prayer.
Jon Bon Jovi



3. Steve Earle and Clarence Clemons On The Wire
Earle’s an ex-addict – on the show and in reality – and Clemons played sax on the likes of ‘Jungleland’. Put ’em in the greatest TV series ever and the result is awesome.
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4. The Magic Numbers Storm Off TOTP
Richard Bacon made a cheap jibe about the foursome’s weight, they buggered off quicksmart, becoming the only band ever to walk off the show.
The Magic Numbers

5. Mark E Smith Reads The Football Scores
The cantankerous Fall man was a guest on the Beeb’s Score, and his reading of Saturday’s final scores weirdly sounded like a Fall song.
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6. The Sopranos Goes Classic Rock
Using ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey was one thing, but getting Chris Moltisanti to explain why he wasn’t on time for a meeting by saying, “Sorry I’m late, but the highway was jammed with broken heroes on a last-chance power-drive” to Steven Van Zandt, an E Street Band member? Class.
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7. Preston Storms Off Buzzcocks
Don’t want the piss taken out of you? Well, don’t go on a show that rips the piss out of humourless, talentless idiots, you humourless, talentless idiot.
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8. Roger Daltrey Sweeps Up On The Boosh
Earlier in the episode there’d been a throwaway comment about The Who frontman doing some menial tasks. And, as the credits roll, there he is, in a moment of true ‘...is that really him?!’
Roger Daltrey

9. Foals/Crystal Castles On Skins
Two of our favourite new bands both made appearances, causing outbreaks of crazy dancing. Art imitating life.
Crystal Castles

[Watch Crystal Castles perform 'Alice Practice' here]

10. Happy Mondays Go Ghosthunting
Seriously. The televisual event of the decade: a bunch of middle-aged Mancunian caners looking for spirits and ghouls for two hours. As brilliant as that sounds.
Happy Mondays


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