Saturday, January 29, 2005

Blue Oyster Cult on Will Ferrell and Cowbells

In April 2000, Saturday Night Live broadcast a hilarious skit in which Blue Oyster Cult is recording "The Reaper" in the studio, and producer Christopher Walken repeatedly barges in to insist on "more cowbell." Since then, "more cowbell" has slowly become a regularity in American English. When an album or a live performance is bland, we say they "need more cowbell." You can use the phrase for more than music, as well: The Matrix Reloaded had great potential, but it just needed a little more cowbell. This chili is okay, but it could use a touch more more cowbell.

It seems the band loved the Saturday Night Live skit in which Will Ferrell maniacally plays the cowbell after being urged by Christopher Walken:

Among the more amused viewers of the bit are the actual members of Blue Oyster Cult. "We didn't know it was coming," says Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, co-founder and lead guitarist of the group. "We all thought it was phenomenal. We're huge Christopher Walken fans." He adds, "I've probably seen it 20 times and I'm still not tired of it."

Still, they stand by the cowbell:

Fact is, there is a cowbell on "Reaper." If you listen closely to it on oldies radio, you can make it out in the background. But it was an afterthought. The song was recorded without it, and was added as an overdub at the last minute. According to former BOC bassist Joe Bouchard, an unnamed producer asked his brother, drummer Albert Bouchard, to play the cowbell after the fact. "Albert thought he was crazy," Bouchard told the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press in 2000. "But he put all this tape around a cowbell and played it. It really pulled the track together."

See, it pulled the track together, people. Let's let the cowbell have its dignity.

Quoted paragraphs are from Blue Oyster Cult, Playing Along With 'More Cowbell' in the Washington Post.


-epm said...

Hey, I get it! John Kerry was OK, but he needed more cowbell...

Let's hope the Iraqi election had enough cowbell to bring our troops safely home, sooner rather than later.

SugarDuck said...

Will Ferrell and Christopher Walken together, just hilarious. Best part has to be Ferrell's gut hanging over his too-tight 70s jeans as his too-small 70s shirt hikes up when he wails on the cowbell. I second the Blue Oyster Cult guys, I could see this 20 times and still not get tired of it.

Canowine said...

Kerry was good, but needed more cowbell...that is so good on several different levels!

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