Some of you may recall that I mentioned it’s usually only Americans who laugh when Don’t Fear The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult comes on due to Saturday Night Live airing a skit with Christopher Walken and a cowbell a few years ago. If you’re unfamiliar with it, go watch the video on my post Need More Cowbell. I’ll wait!
Having said that, Soul Mods DJ Slate McLeod read that post, and on occasion I may (or may not) have said a song he played was pretty good, but that it “could have used a little more cowbell.”
Ok, I admit it. I didn’t just make a little comment. I gave him a full on gesture asking for cowbell. It was created by my friend Serendipidy Haven who sampled Christopher Walken’s voice to make it authentic!
I had no idea Slate would take the cowbell to heart. Last night he did his regular Friday set, a 1960’s conglomeration of mod tunes, but after Soul Mods club owner Dugi Rubble went to bed, the rest of us stayed on for more music. When the club owner goes to bed, Slate has the freedom to play most anything he likes, so he has been known to do everything from Johnny Cash to the Star Wars Imperial March.
Last night was different. For a couple of hours (or maybe it just seemed like a couple of hours?) Slate gave us . . . cowbell.
No, really. SLATE GAVE US COWBELL!
We had so much cowbell, in fact, that we heard the big cowbell version of Don’t Fear the Reaper pipe up in the middle of every song. At one point the gentle guitar notes of Stairway to Heaven came on and just as we started to relax, it was interrupted with the big sound of Saturday Night Live’s version of Don’t Fear The Reaper. Laughing, Slate then informed us that the song was OK, but what it could really use was a little more cowbell.
I think we created a monster!
I’ve thought about this some more, and after much deliberation, realized it’s not so much cowbell that I need as it is Christopher Walken! (Christopher Walken is awesome! How can anyone not like him?) So, on that note, I leave you with this….