“It needs more cowbell.”

Most of us remember the SNL skit with Christopher Walken, where he has “a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell.”

I find this skit hilarious, even after watching it for the hundredth time.

So as I watched it for the 101 time, I got to thinking, the cowbell is a seriously underestimated instrument. Its’ long history goes back to cattle herders putting the bells around the cow’s neck to located them easier and as time went on it began to be used as a musical instrument. In reality it has so many purposes. From the face-painted sports fanatic cheering in the stands to musical performances, the cowbell can do it all.

The cowbell has contributed to many great songs in genres from classic rock, funk, alternative, and many others. Here’s a few I could think of:

\”Drive My Car\”

“Drive My Car” by The Beatles: Did you know that Ringo was a talented cowbell player?

\”Brick House\”

Commodores: Brick House: I’m sorry but I love this song.

\”Down By River\”
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Down on the Corner.

\”Welcome to the Jungle\”

Guns ‘n’ Roses: Welcome to the Jungle

Here are some other songs the cowbell was used in from an article from cracked.com.

What is your go-to cowbell song? What, you don’t have one?

Here’s to a cowbell revolution….




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5 thoughts on ““It needs more cowbell.”

  • May 2, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    What a fun entry! I like the music on Barefoot Contessa cuz there’s a cowbell.:)

    • May 3, 2011 at 12:05 PM

      I of course love cowbells as that is the natural thing to ring at a Mississippi State Football game. Would not be the same without it. Great article. Thanks from bringing up how much the cowbell adds to things and their significance.

    • April 10, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      Wow, thanks for that list. I’ll have to see about putting some of these on the show.


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