->"''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.''"
-->"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":
* ButNotTooBlack: Larry Blackmon hated when people referred to his band as funk, as he felt that, at the time at least, it was a label used to keep a lot of under-the-radar black acts from crossover success.
* 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
* IconicOutfit: Larry Blackmon's infamous codpiece.
* 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.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: In spades. On the one hand, their sound and style definitely fit under the category of funk and R&B, but there were elements of hard rock and synth pop in some of their later material. As mentioned above, Larry Blackmon didn't like how funk was used to dismiss black music from crossing over in the early 80s.
* ProductPlacement: "Shake Your Pants" mentions the brands Sassoon, Jordache and Gloria Vanderbilt.
* ProtestSong
** "Talkin' Out the Side of Your Neck" calls out UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan.
** "Skin I'm In" attacks racial profiling.
* 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!"