Thursday, January 08, 2009

VE's Cowbell Guide

I don’t normally put videos up on my blog and I rarely link videos. In fact, I haven’t actually put one up for over a year at least. But the “Need more Cowbell” is one of the funnier SNL skits of all time. Watch it here....I'll wait.

And I was listening to the radio (because watching the radio is kind of boring) and suddenly another song came on that featured prominent cowbell in it. It was Everything But the Girl’s “Missing”. I yelled “needs more cowbell!”

It got me wondering…what OTHER songs had cowbell?

Nazareth’s “Hair of the Dog” definitely has cowbell going on. This is like a whole dairy farm playing in the background. Serious Cowbell…

What else?

Well, BTO had some cowbell in “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”. But it isn’t that impressive. This calls for a cowbell rating.

But before you can rate songs as to their cowbell virtuosity you have to have a ranking.

There. Better.

Now that I’ve got that…here’s a quick song guide for you



May there be more cowbell in your life...

67 comments:

Sarah said...

Even thought You ain't seen nothin' yet has only minimal cowbell I do think the cowbell usage in that song is pretty rockin.

VE said...

sarah - One of my favorite...

The Incredible Woody said...

Damn - so that's why my song was a failure....

Starrlight said...

I did an entire Thursday Thirteen post on songs with cowbells =) I went for the lesser know yet subtle cowbell:

1. One Nation Under A Groove - Parliment Funkadelic
2. Alex Chilton - The Replacements
3. Stone Free - Jimi Hendrix
4. Touch of Grey - Grateful Dead
5. So Alive - Love and Rockets
6. Veronica - Elvis Costello
7. A Little Less Conversation - Elvis Presley
8. Unforgettable Fire - U2
9. Time Has Come - Chambers Brothers
10. Fly Me Courageous - Drivin' n Cryin'
11. Hold On I'm Comin' - Sam and Dave
12. Love Shack - B52's
13. Down On The Corner - Creedence Clearwater Revival

And I not surprisingly I have all of those songs in my musical collection.

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

That SNL skit is SO funny. Christopher Walken is always hilarious on that show, too.

Chris Wood said...

I have to disagree with you on BTO. Sorry, now I cannot take this debate seriously.

VE said...

incredible woody - See, if you'd just had more cowbell you'd be making music videos and smashing hotel walls about now...

starrlight - Wow, there's some I wouldn't have expected on there. Elvis with cowbell? Ok, well, maybe the later puffy Elvis...

arizona - Yes, that one's a classic for sure.

chris - You English think you're sooooo superior! (stole that from Fish Called Wanda...) ;) A shame. Serious debates happen on THIS blog all the time...

Quirkyloon said...

Oh VE, Cowbell skit is one of my top fave SNL skits.

I like your cowbell system and now I have a question for you. Read carefully.

Do you like DairyAir?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Mother Theresa said...

Loved the skit! :D I heard they're going to do a Spanish version of SNL over here...I can picture a skit of "I need more castanets!"...somehow I don't think it would be quite the same. Or maybe they could do the cowbell thing with the guy dressed as a bullfighter.

Sornie said...

I'm going to start a cowbell choir. Tkae THAT Blue Oyster Cult.

Starrlight said...

Oh, Little Less Conversation is totally The King on Carbs. Pre 69 Hawaiian Comeback Elvis would not have used cowbell ;0

Memarie Lane said...

I never really thought about cowbells. But I cannot listen to Disarm by Smashing Pumpkins without a little bell arm action, as only a band geek can do.

Roy Scribner said...

I prefer a referee's whistle. Nobody jams on the whistle like Axle Rose!

Gladys said...

See I'm thinking songs like "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" or anything by Breastney Spears should have more cow bell. Oh and what about Disco? More Cow Bell. Which leads us to church music. Definitly MORE Cowbell. You wife nagging too much? MORE Cowbell!

Elizabeth said...

ABBA'S Fernando has cowbell. (now that song will be stuck in my head the rest of the day!)

Elizabeth said...

ABBA'S Fernando has cowbell. (now that song will be stuck in my head the rest of the day!)

Elizabeth said...

Ooops, sorry about the double post.

Derek Smithers said...

My fever has been cured. By more cowbell.

Megan said...

Def Leppard had some cowbell goin' on on Pyromania. I'm not Fffffoolin'!

What kind of musical rating system doesn't go to 11?

Starrlight said...

Aww dammit. Now I have Joe Elliot in my brain. Thanks Megan!

colbymarshall said...

the cowbell skit if also one of my faves. I think radio today would be much more entertaining if only we had more cow bell...

Thinkinfyou said...

Nothing like shaking your money maker to the sweet sound of a cowbell!

Jacki said...

What about a fog horn? I think more songs should include a fog horn or two.

ReformingGeek said...

Let's see. Cowbell? I feel a moo coming on. Tambourine? That's more like it. I can see Tracy Partridge working up a sweat with that thing.

I will admit have both a cowbell and a tambourine....

angie said...

I have a feeling your cowbell guide is going to come in handy....to someone! :)

leelee said...

War - Low Rider was the song that popped into my head when you mentioned Cowbell..as a matter of fact..I can still hear it..and now I fear I will hear it all day and into the night..


OMG MAKE IT STOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

HUGS!

Bazza said...

Did you know that Everything But The Girl got their name from a department store in my home city of Hull? and I love BTO, especially Roll on Down The Highway.

Giggle Pixie said...

Anything by ZZ Top - 4 cowbells!!!!

VE said...

quirky - HA! You crack me up...DairyAir. See, I'm very juvinile...

mother theresa - Wow, a Spanish SNL. Interesting. I've always wondered if humor is similar across cultures, I know some is very subtle and complex but some has to be funny to nearly anyone. I wonder wear cowbells fits on that scale?

sornie - Wow, imagine the obnoxiousness of that! Try the library...I'll give you a check from my bucket list if you get kicked out...

starrlight - Here, here! Long live skinny Elvis.

marie - You could do a duet with my son...he's into that song too.

roy - Except for the poor guy lost out in the wilderness that is...

gladys - Anything by Biteme Spears should have serious "drown out everything else" cowbell!

elizabeth - NOOOOOOO...you mentioned Fernando. Dang you! I will get even! ha ha

derek - I'm glad. It's good for constipation, boils, toe fungus and 'women problems' too...

megan - I can't use 11. It looks too binary to me. I like your ffffooolin' reference!

starrlight - Mean too, damn her! I'm gonna hide my arm and get out the rock band drum kit...

colby - Call your DJ now...demand more cowbell!!!

thinkinfyou - True. Wait...I have something to shake that makes money?

jacki - They're very popular in San Francisco. I think Foghat used them ;)

reforminggeek - Wow, you have a cowbell and tamborine? If only you had an acordian and a Tuba. The four corners of sound apocylpse!

angie - I felt it important to contribute to mankind...

leelee - How did I know you'd pick up on that one? ha ha ha. It is a hard one to stop and now its hard to listen to without focusing only on the cowbell...

Kanrei said...

Hey! My post disappeared! No fair!

VE said...

bazza - Do you refer to them as ETBTG like we do? I didn't know that fact...thanks!

giggle pixie - Really? I'm gonna go verify right now! I didn't realize that. Jesus is Just Alright because he's just looking for some Tush in his Cheap Sun Glasses...

Queen Goob said...

Dang it! Megan got there first....but I think the song is Rock Of Ages.

gunter glieben glauchen globen

VE said...

kan - Was it witty? Was it a revelation so astounding that I'd faint and fall into my soup and drown? Was a concept so foreign my tongue would hang out trying to understand? Was it a prediction so profound I'd sell all my possessions and go count trees in Alaska? We must know!!!!

VE said...

queen goob - Yeah...but you're not helping to purge this from my head!

Thinkinfyou said...

What would that be ,VE? Your cowbell?

Dee said...

there is a Christian song that I like that has a cowbell thru the whole thing. I didn't realize it was cowbell till I read your blog!

VE said...

thinkinfyou - I don't think I'm gonna make a lot of money shakin my cowbell. Now if I could shake the ATM...

dee - Now you're going to be hearing nothing but the cowbell in songs! No, don't thank me...

Serena said...

Shoot, now every time I look at a video, I'm going to have to pause it and go consult your cowbell chart.:)

Jeff said...

Love it!

"Now you're messin with a... (dunk-a dunk-a)... SON OF A BITCH!"

Megan said...

I will be busting out the vinyl when I get home!

Jaime said...

Hmm...After awhile, the cowbell gets a little annoying. What about a triangle? Just as under-utilized as the cowbell in music and less annoying.

Deb said...

I have copied/pasted/printed your cowbell chart. Everyone needs to do this for the sake of world peace and cowbell domination.

Long Live the Cowbell!

Angie said...

ACDC - Thunderstruck
Avril Lavigne - Complicated
B'52s - Love Shack
Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter
Beatles - Hard Days Night
Billy Idol - White Wedding
Blues Brothers Band- Gimme' Some Lovin'
Bon Jovi - It's my Life
Britney Spears - Hit Me Baby One More Time
Dee Lite - Groove is in the Heart
Duran Duran - Reflex
EMF - Unbelievable
Frank Sinatra - My Way
Hall and Oates - Private Eyes
Inxs - Wild Life
Jimi Hendrix - Fire
Joe Cocker - Leave Your Hat On
John Denver - Annie's Song
Lionel Ritchie - All Night Long
Madonna - Justify My Love
Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning
Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
Pink - I'm Coming Up
Police - Roxanne
Prince - You Got The Look
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Rolling Stones - Satisfaction
Salt n Pepper - Push It
Shania Twain - That Don't Impress Me Much
Simon & Garfunkle - Sounds of Silence
Twisted Sister - We're Not Going to Take It
Warrant - Cherry Pie

I will work on more later if you need more songs.... oxox

The Self-Deprechaun said...

I think any situation calls for more cowbell, a funeral, a new birth, sex, and violent illness. Call me crazy but it's a universally pleasing sound.

padraig said...

The funniest part of the cowbell skit is how nobody except Farrell and Walken can keep a straight face.

Quickroute said...

mmmmmm - cows - yummy!

justacoolcat said...

Little Sister but Queens of the Stone age; which,I believe, was the start of the More Cowbell movement.

Annie Ha said...

I have it bookmarked on my phone. The only prescription is more cowbell!

Annie Ha said...

and hey man, update your blogroll! This is my 4th comment but your roll still says 1. jeezOH!!

yellojkt said...

From now on I only buy songs with three cowbells or more.

Carla said...

Ha, ha, ha...yep, they're jammin' on that cowbell.

Bunk Strutts said...

Anybody mention the classic "Time Has Come Today" by the Chambers Bros?

VE said...

serena - Have it made into one of those convention name tag thingys. Then you can always have it ready...

jeff - I cannot believe you would use that kind of language on this daddy blog... (and thanks for keeping that tune in my head)

megan - Bringing out the vinyl bean bag chairs again, eh?

jaime - But the triangle is forbidden to be played in Bermuda...

deb - It warms my heart that you're doing your part in cowbell domination!

angie - Damn, girl. You are the QUEEN of cowbell. Your list was quite mooooving!

self-deprechaun - I see where you're going with this...cowbell is the new exorcist!

padraig - Well could you? I sure can't

quickroute - And you are in the land of 'em!

justacoolcat - In time, your essential research to the source of the more cowbell movement will not go unnoticed!

annie ha - Cowbell on the cell...sound like a new Dr. Suess book! Yeah, yeah, on the blog roll. I accidentally put two links for you. Actually, according to MY records you have commented only on three posts this year: Comcast commercial, fashion trends, and this one. One tally per post. Today is the last day to go all the way back to the first as well. I'll fix the entry error but if you want more than three you'll have to go back and comment.

yellojkt - You, my friend, are a cowbell connoisseur!

carla - It's the only way to play the cowbell...there are no unplugged soft accoustical cowbell sessions...

bunk - Only you! Does it have kickin' cowbell in it?

Phfrankie Bondo said...

King of The Cowbell? Chambers Brothers, Time Has Come Today...sheesh!...

MJ said...

The Beastie Boys "Hey Ladies" has a very prominent cowbell!

VE said...

phrankie - Ok...you're killing me with these Chambers Brothers things. Now I'm going to have to see what all the hoopala is about

mj - The Beastie Boys with cowbell? Next you'll be telling me Peter, Paul and Mary had cowbell...

Uncivil said...

aggghhhh, the hell with "cowbell" , give me "cameltoe" any day!

BlondeBlogger said...

You could even do a cowbell trophy for the best songs....with a pic of Will Farrell's belly hanging out of his 70's shirt.

Alex L said...

'Don't fear the reaper', one of the best songs EVER!!!!

VE said...

uncivil - I heard camels spit though...

blondeblogger - That would really motivate bands to put in more cowbell! ha ha

alex - Don't Fear the Cowbell....

carlae said...

I play the cowbell in our Xbox 360 Rock Band. I never miss. Really

Janna said...

I love "Don't Fear The Reaper"!
And yes, it has a ton-o'-cowbell. :)

VE said...

carlae - I play the competing product...Cowbell Hero...

janna - It's a classic!

HeyJoe said...

Love that skit.

"When this is over babies, you'll all be wearing gold-plated diapers."

"What does that mean?"

"Never question the master!"

VE said...

heyjoe - And I never question the master. I can't even master the question!

Mrsupole said...

I should have never clicked on the link. That belly going up and down turned me off to any cowbells for the rest of my life.

#6, at least I think.

God bless.

VE said...

mrsupole - Sometimes you have to see it for yourself in all its disgustingness... Ps...Remember, I am always last...