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More Cowbell

September 12, 2014

In my last blog post I detailed What I Need.

I forgot one of the most important things I need – more cowbell.  I gotta have more cowbell.  In fact, I’ve got a fever…and the only prescription…is more cowbell.

For those of you who are a little confused by my last paragraph, let me explain.

Many years ago there was a skit on Saturday Night Live in which guest host Christopher Walken played Bruce Dickenson, a fictional famous record producer who was (in the skit) the producer of the Blue Oyster Cult song Don’t Fear The Reaper.  In the skit, Bruce Dickenson prompts Will Farrell’s character Gene Frenkle, who is a cowbell percussionist for Blue Oyster Cult in the studio recording of that song, to increase the volume and prominence of the cowbell to improve the greatness of the song quality.  He keeps demanding more cowbell on take after take of the song.  He finally says “I’ve got a fever…and the only prescription…is more cowbell.”   Will Farrell hams up the scene as he is famous for doing. The skit is hilarious and even Jimmy Fallon, who plays a drummer in the band, loses his composure during the skit and starts laughing through his best efforts to compose himself.  It makes the scene even more laughable.

Here is the video of the skit.  I LOVE this skit!  And whether you’ve seen it before or about to see it for the first time, I think you will love it too.

More Cowbell – Saturday Night Live

 

Oh, yeah, the reason I’m sharing this today, is that I just heard that WLUP radio in Chicago is having a “More Cowbell Weekend” this very weekend in which they are playing songs that feature a cowbell as a musical instrument in the song.  There are apparently many songs that include a cowbell in the arrangement.  Listen to 97.9FM – The Loop this weekend to hear a mix of songs that include a cowbell.  You can even listen online at their WLUP web site.

I think this is a fun and creative idea for a radio station to promote listening to their station, and I hope you get to listen in with me so we can get and appreciate more cowbell that we need so much.

 

 

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