“I got a fever, and the only prescription is: More Cowbell!”*
Driving around town the other day, I noticed a rare out-of-state car with an even rarer bumper sticker espousing something other than local church affiliations. Simply stated it said: MORE COWBELL.
For the uninitiated, that bumper sticker and the title of this post mean nothing more than the sum of its words. For the rest of us in-the-know, it is a clever twofold twist on the April 8, 2000 SNL skit: ‘More Cowbell’ with Will Ferrell, featuring the music of The Blue Oyster Cult.
Not to appear standoffish, it should be noted that my own status changed from uninitiated to one-in-the-know a mere three years ago, when my hubby found a video clip on-line and set it up for me to see on my mini-computer one evening after a particularly hard day working retail.
Here it is for you to enjoy a few minutes of mirthful reckless abandon-laugh hearty!
A few weeks after spying that MORE COWBELL bumper sticker, I was blasting out tunes in the car from a Chicago Greatest Hits CD I got at the Goodwill for $1.99. Apart from rocking out to the music, something in the song, Beginnings, caught my attention. I back-tracked the CD and re-listened to the last bits of the song…could it be? Yes, amidst the claves-clacking percussion playing during the two-minute ending, there it was: More Cowbell!
Why hadn’t I heard this before?
As Gene (Will Ferrell) says in defense of his virtuoso cowbell clanging, “We don’t have a whole lotta songs that feature the Cowbell…”
Well, Gene, there’s at least one more.
How about you? Know of any other songs that feature Cowbell? I say, bring it on! Let’s start a ‘More Cowbell Cult PlayList’ right here. Right now.
Consider this post the (un)official kick-off in the search for MORE COWBELL.
Add yours in the comments below, here’s the first two:
MORE COWBELL CULT PLAYLIST
1) (don’t fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
2) Beginnings – Chicago
*The Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken, Saturday Night Live)