Sugar Ray Join Shaggy, Scooby On Spooky Island

Reggae-tinged pop rockers also expected to contribute to soundtrack album.

Sugar Ray will play themselves in the live-action movie adaptation of the '70s cartoon series "Scooby-Doo."

The reggae-tinged pop rockers will head to Australia at the end of May to film their scenes, which are set in a fictitious locale called Spooky Island. According to singer Mark McGrath, it isn't exactly the role of a lifetime.

"Some band had to do it, so we volunteered. But it'll be a lot of fun," the frontman said Saturday (April 28) between takes while filming the McG-directed video for "When It's Over," the first single from Sugar Ray's eponymous fourth album, slated to drop June 12 (see [article id="1442166"]"Sugar Ray's Next LP, Road Trip Due In June"[/article]). The clip will feature a kung-fu fighting cameo by basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

McGrath said one reason the group agreed to appear in the film, which is set to hit theaters in 2002, is his affinity for the mush-mouthed Great Dane.

"If there's one cartoon you're gonna do, it's Scooby-Doo," McGrath said. "He's been in our lives forever. I'm too old now, but I still watch 'Scooby-Doo.' "

Sugar Ray is also expected to contribute an as-yet-unknown song to the film's soundtrack, their publicist said, along with Lava labelmate Uncle Kracker, who in April said he would lend a tune to the film (see [article id="1443169"]"Uncle Kracker Cracks Top 10 With Double Wide"[/article]).

"Scooby-Doo" will feature Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. as everyone's favorite meddling kids, Daphne Blake and Fred Jones, respectively.