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    James Van Der Beek Was Once On "Clarissa Explains It All"

    It was adorable and amazing.

    In 1993, five years before James Van Der Beek would become Dawson, he had a guest role as a hot drummer on Nickelodeon's Clarissa Explains It All.

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    Clarissa and Sam are getting away with hosting a party and Clarissa has dressed as her alter ego, a Long Island rocker named JADE.

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    Jade comes over to Dawson after his performance. She's impressed with his skills despite him looking "so straight."

    Early shades of Dawson: Here, James is tortured by another art. His music.

    Clarissa/Jade REALLY tries to impress him with her badassery.

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    He actually seems more uncomfortable than impressed.

    To view an adorable clip from Dawson's appearance on Clarissa, see below!

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