-->"''If there's music we can use it we need to dance\\
We don't have the time for psychological romance\\
No romance, no romance, no romance for me mamma\\
Come on baby tell me what's the word''"
-->--'''Cameo''', "''Word Up''"


Not to be confused with TheCameo, '''Cameo''' are a {{Funk}}-{{Soul}} band from UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. Led by Larry Blackmon, they started in 1974 as the '''New York City Players''' before changing their name to Cameo to [[OneSteveLimit avoid being confused with]] the Ohio Players. The group has gone through '''many''' lineup changes over the years, with Blackmon being the one constant. Among their most famous songs are "Word Up!," "Candy" and "She's Strange."

As usual, you can find the basics at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameo_(band) The Other Wiki]].

!!! "Trope Up, up, everybody say, when you hear that call you've got to get it under way":
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Cameo in the late Seventies relied on a lot more Parliament/Funkadelic-style funk than the Funk/R&B hybrid that was heard in "Word Up" Nearly 9 years later.
* DanceSensation: "Shake Your Pants"
* {{Dedication}}: ''She's Strange'' is dedicated to the late [=Polygram=] [=A&R=] representative Bill Haywood.
* HeavyMeta: "Funk Funk"
* IAmTheBand
* IWantSong" "I Just Want to Be"
* IntercourseWithYou: "Keep It Hot," etc.
* LargeHam: Larry Blackmon
* LiveAlbum: Several, starting with 1996's ''Nasty.''
* MemeticHair: Absolutely. The Cameo cut, also known as the Hi-Top Fade, was ''hugely'' influential in the 1980s and early 1990s.
* ProductPlacement: "Shake Your Pants" mentions the brands Sassoon, Jordache and Gloria Vanderbilt.
* ProtestSong: "Talkin' Out the Side of Your Neck" calls out UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan.
* RevolvingDoorBand: 26 members, not counting touring extras, over a nearly 40-year existence.
* SeriousBusiness: As they say in "Word Up": "We don't have the time for psychological romance"
* ShoutOut: "Tribute to Music/BobMarley"
* SillyLoveSongs: "She's Strange," "Attack Me With Your Love," "Why Have I Lost You," "Hangin' Downtown," etc.
* SingerNamedrop: "Cameosis"
* NiceHair
* VerbalTic: "Owwww!"