HBO 70s rock homage ‘Vinyl’ went out with a bang on Monday night, and if you were watching carefully you might have spotted legendary glam rockers New York Dolls lounging in the corner of your screen. It wasn’t the first time an iconic musician’s been reimagined for the show. Everyone from Ziggy Stardust to The King himself popped up for a scene or two. We’ve rounded up the best of the bunch and stuck them in this gallery. Take a look.Viewers can watch all of Vinyl Season 1 on HBO NOW and HBO GO now
In ‘Whispered Secrets’ we see two sides of Alice Cooper (brought to life by Dustin Ingram). There’s his charming, happy-go-lucky sporting persona (complete with sparkling golf whites), and then his dastardly vengeful character. Watch out for that guillotine…
The Vinyl showrunners weren’t content with just the one appearance from Andy Warhol. No siree. In fact, the luscious silver locks of the avant-garde artiste could be spotted in a whopping three episodes. Portrayed by sometime Girls actor John Cameron Mitchell, Warhol’s standout moment has to be getting into a scrap with main man Richie in episode six.
As we said earlier, debauched rockers New York Dolls were a regular fixture in Vinyl season one. Here they are literally bringing down the house in episode one – the venue they were playing in collapsed on top of them. Shouldn’t have turned those amps up to eleven huh?
It would probably have been enough just to have rock ‘n’ roll animal Lou Reed on his own, but Nico too? This was just too good to miss. Throw in The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas covering ‘Venus In Furs’ and you may just have our favourite cameo here.
Even David Bowie turned up for an extended sequence. First seen belting out ‘Sufragette City’ in full Ziggy Stardust regalia, Noah Bean’s Thin White Duke doesn’t take too kindly to record label exec Zac Yankovich, but can’t keep his eyes off PR chief Andy Zito. Aired just two months after Bowie’s death, Vinyl’s sixth episode was dedicated to the late rocker as a mark of respect.
Technically not a musician, we’ve included the cantankerous Colonel Tom Parker’s episode seven cameo solely for his mammoth contribution to the industry. Plus it’s great fun watching him trundle around sneering down at anyone he doesn’t like the look of. Elvis’s manager for his entire career, the Colonel is largely responsible for moulding The King into the icon we remember today.
Well we’ve had ol’ Tommy P, so we couldn’t leave out the actual King could we? Played by genuine Elvis impersonator Shawn Klush, we meet the Pelvis in Las Vegas during one of his latter day residences. Slightly more portly than in his youth, the scene is made ever more poignant as Presley would be dead within three years.
Wafting onto our screens in a haze of smokey, reggae goodness was Bob Marley and the Wailers in ‘E.A.B’. Famed Manhattan club Max’s Kansas City is the venue, and ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ and ‘Kinky Reggae’ are the tunes being played. It serves mostly as a backdrop to more sordid plot developments going on, but is still noticeable all the same.
If you thought the stars couldn’t possibly get any bigger than Bowie, then you were in for a shock in episode eight. Just minutes after Bob Marley exits stage right, former Beatle John Lennon and new lover May Pang slide into view. Portrayed during their infamous ‘Lost Weekend’ of 1972, the couple were taking a much needed break from work.