November 10, 2003

I Gotta Have More Cowbell, Baby!

Today's (first) post is all cowbell-related. To understand this post, you have to have seen or heard of the Christopher Walken/Will Ferrell Blue Oyster Cult parody of "Behind The Music." (if you haven't seen it, and the link hasn't been removed, it can be seen here) It's another skit where Jimmy Fallon can't help but laugh.

  • Bull sent me this link to The Cowbell Project. In honor of the SNL skit. He's added cowbell to a few hit songs. (The original skit is also available there in MP3 form.) I swear that the cowbelized version of "Time in a Bottle" sounds like a drunk guy urinating on a tin roof. An instant classic? I think so.
  • There is a weblog named in honor of this SNL skit. Cowbell Chronicles. It's not a very active blog, but that one post has a cute cartoon.
  • For those who have caught the cowbell fever, custom cowbells are available online. Big surprise there. Relief for when you've got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell.
One thing is clear in all this. "Never question Bruce Dickinson". (transcript via Planet Will)

Posted by James at November 10, 2003 8:26 AM
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My, oh my - Ferrell is his spitting image. They must have used this photo in the SNL makeup room!

Mike, I feel like an idiot, though. This skit is on the Ferrell DVD, and we skipped over it. Duhhhh. My bad.

Posted by: James at November 10, 2003 9:38 AM

There's also a cowbell in Alice Cooper's "Cold Ethyl." I don't know why. It lends a bizarre touch to an otherwise perfectly ordinary necrophilia song.

Posted by: julie at November 10, 2003 10:26 AM

The first cowbell classic that comes to my mind is Mountain's Mississippi Queen.

Posted by: Mike at November 10, 2003 11:01 AM

Still needs more, though.

Posted by: Mike at November 10, 2003 11:07 AM

I can't believe I forgot that Nazareth's "Hair of the Dog" is a cowbell extravaganza.

Posted by: julie at November 13, 2003 2:30 PM

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