When Celebs Hit a Low Note

Like Joaquin Phoenix, other stars have stumbled painfully into the music biz
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2009 6:33 PM CST

(Newser) – Ex-Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix kicked off a new career last week by rapping in Las Vegas—and tripping off the stage. He's not the only actor to stumble in the music business, the Independent reports. Among his peers:

  • Bruce Willis: He died hard with a painful rendition of the Motown classic Under the Boardwalk in the mid-80s.
  • Eddie Murphy: The funny man’s funky Party All the Time made him a pop star, but his musical fame fizzled fast.

  • Steven Seagal: The action star scored a legit hit in Thailand with the 2005 blues single Girl It’s Alright.
  • Russell Crowe: Phoenix’s Gladiator co-star rocked out with his pub band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, until they broke up 4 years ago.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith: She shook her share of eardrums as the frontwoman of heavy metal band Wisdom Wicked.