test your cowbell knowledge…

… aside from Blue Oyster Cult’s Don’t Fear the Reaper and it’s infamous parody on SNL, which other songs can you think of that feature the cowbell?

All I can think of are Incense & Peppermint by Strawberry Alarm Clock and Barry White’s Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe.

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  • Speaking of obscure instruments – what about the Beach Boys’ use of the electro-theremin in “Good Vibrations”? Not quite a cow bell but maybe even more obscure…(however, I will admit – it ain’t quite as ‘sexy’ as the cow bell, either)

  • Barry White could make the electro-theremin sexy.

  • oh yeah, I forgot… St. Thomas’s Contemporary Music Choir’s rendition of the Gloria. Yikes.

  • Cowbell … hmmm … seems to be an “instrument” that has fallen out of contemporary pop music, thus showing that if they are used in church that their music is way behind the times (as ususal) … off the top of my head I was thinking “We’re an American Band” by Grand Funk Railroad, “Play that Funky Music (white boy)” by Wild Cherry, and “Now you’re messin’ with a SOB” by Nazareth.Man, I just cannot hear “Don’t Fear the Reaper” anymore without focusing on the freakin’ cowbell.On a similar note, you could make a post about what rock songs featured organs aka Boston, Kansas, etc.

  • That SNL skit has forever ruined that song for me. Wherever I am, whoever I am with, if that song comes on the radio or a supermarket sound system, I become defenseless as I am made vulnerable due to my own hysterical laughter which nearly has me on my knees. Stupid as it may seem, I can’t help myself.

  • Irenaeus

    How about Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It”? The cowbell is louder than hell. THUNK THUNK THUNK THUNK. It echoes still in my head.

  • Hey, don’t knock the organ in the Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun”!

  • You haven’t mentioned Terry Clark’s “Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me!”. But I’d expect some cowbells in C & W.

  • Uh-uh, “Don’t Fear the Reaper” was ruined for me when it was used in the opening credits of the made-for-TV-series “The Stand” by Stephen King!

  • allright…so there’s “White Wedding” by Billy Idol. And “Gimme Some Lovin,” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me”! Hair Metal and cowbells… nice.And finally, there’s that song from the 60s. It has no words, but horns and LOTS of cowbell. It’s like a good times, laid back summer song. And now that I can’t remember what it’s called, it will bug me all night!

  • Yes’s song, “Owner of a lonely heart,” has what can only be the sweetest cowbell after Gene Frenkle’s…

  • And if there’s any justice we can’t forget Santana’s “Oye Como Va”

  • nice… now that santana song is reverberating around in my head.

  • and Shania Twain’s “You Don’t Impress Me Much”

  • I have two:”Honky Tonk Woman” (Rolling Stones)”Party’s Over” (Raspberries)BMP

  • What about “Workin’ for the Weekend?” You know …CLANK CLANK CLANK …It’s loud in the beginning, but I’m not sure what happens to it once the guitars and drums crash onto the scene.

  • Rage Against the Machine’s song “Killing in the Name” features cowbells…problem is, good Catholics shouldn’t listen to that anarcho-commie band.Histor