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2021-04-10 11:02:18 AM  
Jimmy Fallon biting the drumstick.
 
2021-04-10 2:33:59 PM  
I know it's iconic, but man, that skit wasn't funny then or now. Just the same damn joke for 5 minutes.
 
2021-04-10 3:21:23 PM  

Paul Baumer: I know it's iconic, but man, that skit wasn't funny then or now. Just the same damn joke for 5 minutes.


The best thing about it was that it revived the career of BOC, always a criminally underrated band that never got the due they deserved.

And they fully embraced the gag.  They never really took themselves that seriously, and anyone with the slightest sense of nuance could always get the Spinal Tap-esque tongue in cheek permeating songs like Don't Fear the Reaper.  So when this sketch was getting people to notice them again, they dove in head first.  They'd introduce Reaper in concert by yelling out "WHO WANTS YO TO HEAR A LITTLE COWBELL!?"
 
2021-04-10 3:22:54 PM  
Almost forgot to plug: if you haven't heard their new album, go do it. Now. It's the best thing they've recorded in 40 years.

/not Buck Dharma
 
2021-04-10 3:26:43 PM  
Oh.  Another skit where Jimmy Fallon breaks.   How did he make it so large in comedy?
 
2021-04-10 3:31:04 PM  
Clicked link excited for some fun story on the Iron Maiden singer.  Leaving disappointed.
 
2021-04-10 3:32:03 PM  
That's what entertainment journalism is now? It was bit that worked because of how absurd it was and Walken. That's it, except for Fallon almost ruining it. It shouldn't require an article.
 
2021-04-10 3:32:34 PM  

gilgigamesh: Almost forgot to plug: if you haven't heard their new album, go do it. Now. It's the best thing they've recorded in 40 years.

/not Buck Dharma


Yes, kickass album, shows incredible range of music, including a couple songs that would do well on country stations.  Alan Lanier's Reimaginos is really good too.
 
2021-04-10 3:33:10 PM  
Is that what we call an article now? I'm getting old.
 
2021-04-10 3:34:18 PM  

stuhayes2010: Oh.  Another skit where Jimmy Fallon breaks.   How did he make it so large in comedy?


America.
 
2021-04-10 3:44:19 PM  
QUIT BEING SO SELFISH, GENE!!!!!!
 
2021-04-10 3:47:03 PM  

Bslim: That's what entertainment journalism is now? It was bit that worked because of how absurd it was and Walken. That's it, except for Fallon almost ruining it. It shouldn't require an article.


Hey, at least it's not a copy paste of some rando's "Twitter" comment.
 
2021-04-10 3:54:44 PM  
Wooo, thread there we post exactly same songs as in previous cowbell threads
 
2021-04-10 3:57:09 PM  
 
2021-04-10 4:02:44 PM  

gilgigamesh: Paul Baumer: I know it's iconic, but man, that skit wasn't funny then or now. Just the same damn joke for 5 minutes.

The best thing about it was that it revived the career of BOC, always a criminally underrated band that never got the due they deserved.

And they fully embraced the gag.  They never really took themselves that seriously, and anyone with the slightest sense of nuance could always get the Spinal Tap-esque tongue in cheek permeating songs like Don't Fear the Reaper.  So when this sketch was getting people to notice them again, they dove in head first.  They'd introduce Reaper in concert by yelling out "WHO WANTS YO TO HEAR A LITTLE COWBELL!?"


I saw them at some outdoor festival in Chattanooga in about 2000, maybe 1999.  About 5,000 people sitting on a hill with a river in the background, and BOC has 60 minutes.

For the first 48 minutes, everyone just sat around.  After about 15 minutes, you'd hear people between songs yelling "Play the Reaper!"  "Reaper, man!"  The calls for Reaper intensified as they played songs no one knew.  Then they went into Burning for You.  And the crowd kind of looked around as if to say "Hey, I didn't know they played this song."  Then they went into "Godzilla", and everyone actually stood up.  Then they finally went into Reaper, and the crowd went nuts.  It was pretty funny to watch.  Awesome 12 minutes or so.
 
2021-04-10 4:05:26 PM  
Wearing my shirt as I read this. The front reads "More Cowbell" in gothic script and the O's have umlauts. The back has the BOC symbol that evangelicals think is Satanic. Gets 'em riled up.

/ Also featured on a rather goofy episode of Supernatural.
 
2021-04-10 4:17:12 PM  
his bellybutton looks like a vagina
 
2021-04-10 4:24:57 PM  

Kick The Chair: his bellybutton looks like a vagina


What kind of strange strange have you been getting?
 
2021-04-10 4:25:54 PM  
It's clearly a struggle for Jimmy Fallon, who plays the drummer, and comes perilously close to what the kids today might dub a 'LOL'.

Wtf is this. A human being wrote this? Are we sure?
 
2021-04-10 4:27:53 PM  

GoodDoctorB: It's clearly a struggle for Jimmy Fallon, who plays the drummer, and comes perilously close to what the kids today might dub a 'LOL'.

Wtf is this. A human being wrote this? Are we sure?


Somebody freeze him again, he won't survive in this enviroment
 
2021-04-10 4:35:21 PM  

gilgigamesh: Paul Baumer: I know it's iconic, but man, that skit wasn't funny then or now. Just the same damn joke for 5 minutes.

The best thing about it was that it revived the career of BOC, always a criminally underrated band that never got the due they deserved.

And they fully embraced the gag.  They never really took themselves that seriously, and anyone with the slightest sense of nuance could always get the Spinal Tap-esque tongue in cheek permeating songs like Don't Fear the Reaper.  So when this sketch was getting people to notice them again, they dove in head first.  They'd introduce Reaper in concert by yelling out "WHO WANTS YO TO HEAR A LITTLE COWBELL!?"


My fav is "Cities Aflame with Rock and Roll"   that wall of guitars at the end...great.
 
2021-04-10 4:40:03 PM  

Paul Baumer: I know it's iconic, but man, that skit wasn't funny then or now. Just the same damn joke for 5 minutes.


If it was anyone other than Walken and Ferrel no one would remember it.
 
2021-04-10 4:47:35 PM  

Bslim: That's what entertainment journalism is now? It was bit that worked because of how absurd it was and Walken. That's it, except for Fallon almost ruining it. It shouldn't require an article.


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2021-04-10 5:02:51 PM  
The best bit of trivia from that skit is the origin of the Bruce Dickinson gag. Don't Fear the Reaper was released on BOC's Agents of Fortune album. There are 3 producers credited on that album, none of whom are Bruce Dickinson, much less the Bruce Dickinson.

As they were writing the skit, they wanted to use the name of the producer in it, so they sent out an intern to Tower Records to pick up the album that Don't Fear the Reaper was on, so they could scan the credits for the right person. The intern comes back not with Agents of Fortune, but a cheapo compilation album called "Don't Fear the Reaper", which was produced by Bruce Dickinson, but not the Bruce Dickinson.

I'm not sure if peeling back the mask of that seemingly absurd gag makes it better or worse.
 
2021-04-10 5:09:07 PM  

stuhayes2010: Oh.  Another skit where Jimmy Fallon breaks.   How did he make it so large in comedy?


Resolutely middlebrow and loves his masters.

So, very American.
 
2021-04-10 5:12:22 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: gilgigamesh: Paul Baumer: I know it's iconic, but man, that skit wasn't funny then or now. Just the same damn joke for 5 minutes.

The best thing about it was that it revived the career of BOC, always a criminally underrated band that never got the due they deserved.

And they fully embraced the gag.  They never really took themselves that seriously, and anyone with the slightest sense of nuance could always get the Spinal Tap-esque tongue in cheek permeating songs like Don't Fear the Reaper.  So when this sketch was getting people to notice them again, they dove in head first.  They'd introduce Reaper in concert by yelling out "WHO WANTS YO TO HEAR A LITTLE COWBELL!?"

I saw them at some outdoor festival in Chattanooga in about 2000, maybe 1999.  About 5,000 people sitting on a hill with a river in the background, and BOC has 60 minutes.

For the first 48 minutes, everyone just sat around.  After about 15 minutes, you'd hear people between songs yelling "Play the Reaper!"  "Reaper, man!"  The calls for Reaper intensified as they played songs no one knew.  Then they went into Burning for You.  And the crowd kind of looked around as if to say "Hey, I didn't know they played this song."  Then they went into "Godzilla", and everyone actually stood up.  Then they finally went into Reaper, and the crowd went nuts.  It was pretty funny to watch.  Awesome 12 minutes or so.


When they played a festival at the drive in here in '06, the Supersuckers were on before them and tried to launch into Godzilla and BOC's road mgr charged the stage to personally fistfight them. Good times
 
2021-04-10 5:16:18 PM  

Bslim: That's what entertainment journalism is now? It was bit that worked because of how absurd it was and Walken. That's it, except for Fallon almost ruining it. It shouldn't require an article.


OK, Tolstoy
 
2021-04-10 5:21:30 PM  
бтолстый
 
2021-04-10 6:00:17 PM  

LewDux: Bslim: That's what entertainment journalism is now? It was bit that worked because of how absurd it was and Walken. That's it, except for Fallon almost ruining it. It shouldn't require an article.

OK, Tolstoy


Ah, so you're part of the Jimmy Fallon demographic.
 
2021-04-10 6:12:44 PM  

Konowalchuk22: Clicked link excited for some fun story on the Iron Maiden singer.  Leaving disappointed.


It worked because Walken sold it so hard, but I have always been completely mystified as to how SNL could have conceived this joke and then gotten it THAT wrong, in two different directions.
"OK, so we'll have Walken playing the record producer who thinks he's a big deal even though he's nobody"
...sure.
But then, someone on SNL just grabbed the CD remaster of either Agents of Fortune or the Best Of, and failed to notice that Bruce Dickinson was only the producer for the remaster, not the original album.
...OK.
But then, STAYED committed to the here's a no-name who thinks he's a big shot, while (as BÖC fans, clearly) NOBODY in the room realized "oh wait, there different Bruce Dickinson who is a HUGE name in rock/metal music, and has nothing to do with this song, this band, or this joke."
 
2021-04-10 6:19:45 PM  
Be your own hero:

Blue Öyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper (BONUS TRACK)
Youtube ZaknutTQFZ4
 
2021-04-10 6:21:39 PM  
"Jokes are like gossamer, and one doesn't dissect gossamer."  ~  paraphrased from that one-off character Paul Benedict played on Seinfeld
 
2021-04-10 6:21:51 PM  
Every time I heard "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," by Blue Öyster Cult, I would hear the faint cowbell in the background and wonder, "What is that guy's life like?"

Faint?  God, it's almost as loud as the damn snare drum!
 
2021-04-10 6:52:12 PM  

Bslim: LewDux: Bslim: That's what entertainment journalism is now? It was bit that worked because of how absurd it was and Walken. That's it, except for Fallon almost ruining it. It shouldn't require an article.

OK, Tolstoy

Ah, so you're part of the Jimmy Fallon demographic.


No, I never read War And Peace
 
2021-04-10 7:08:05 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: "Jokes are like gossamer, and one doesn't dissect gossamer."  ~  paraphrased from that one-off character Paul Benedict played on Seinfeld


Stewart Lee explaining Pirates letter joke to Glasgow & Michael McIntyre's warm diarrhea
Youtube ngGdtqd71d0
 
2021-04-10 7:20:54 PM  

Kick The Chair: his bellybutton looks like a vagina


did you ever notice Will Ferrell almost always shows off his not so perfect torso or has a scene in his tighty whitey's in every one of his movies? Not as bad as the Chris Farley chippendale skit but pretty close...
 
2021-04-10 7:26:27 PM  
I liked the skit, like it now.

Fight me.
 
2021-04-10 7:40:46 PM  
You want more cowbell? Here's more cowbell.

Motley crue - Too fast for love (Full Album) (Bonus track)
Youtube CkMxONjQFjg
 
2021-04-10 7:52:18 PM  
More proof that Boeing is clueless:

When Bruce Dickinson visited Boeing Everett, some moron came up with the idea of handing out cowbells with the company's logo on them.

That's the wrong Bruce Dickinson, you idiots.
 
amb
2021-04-10 7:59:58 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: gilgigamesh: Paul Baumer: I know it's iconic, but man, that skit wasn't funny then or now. Just the same damn joke for 5 minutes.

The best thing about it was that it revived the career of BOC, always a criminally underrated band that never got the due they deserved.

And they fully embraced the gag.  They never really took themselves that seriously, and anyone with the slightest sense of nuance could always get the Spinal Tap-esque tongue in cheek permeating songs like Don't Fear the Reaper.  So when this sketch was getting people to notice them again, they dove in head first.  They'd introduce Reaper in concert by yelling out "WHO WANTS YO TO HEAR A LITTLE COWBELL!?"

I saw them at some outdoor festival in Chattanooga in about 2000, maybe 1999.  About 5,000 people sitting on a hill with a river in the background, and BOC has 60 minutes.

For the first 48 minutes, everyone just sat around.  After about 15 minutes, you'd hear people between songs yelling "Play the Reaper!"  "Reaper, man!"  The calls for Reaper intensified as they played songs no one knew.  Then they went into Burning for You.  And the crowd kind of looked around as if to say "Hey, I didn't know they played this song."  Then they went into "Godzilla", and everyone actually stood up.  Then they finally went into Reaper, and the crowd went nuts.  It was pretty funny to watch.  Awesome 12 minutes or so.


I watched a video today about under appreciated 70s songs and one was "Godzilla". They interviewed some of the band about the song. The part where they speak Japanese was because they felt it needed something in that spot. They were friends with a photographer from Japan, who translated the phrase for them. The singer was a languages major in school and had taken a crash Berlitz course to learn Japanese. The song was their tribute to all the monster movies they watched growing up.
 
2021-04-10 11:35:42 PM  

Paul Baumer: I know it's iconic, but man, that skit wasn't funny then or now. Just the same damn joke for 5 minutes.


Except for walken
 
2021-04-10 11:37:19 PM  

WhippingBoi: Bslim: That's what entertainment journalism is now? It was bit that worked because of how absurd it was and Walken. That's it, except for Fallon almost ruining it. It shouldn't require an article.

Hey, at least it's not a copy paste of some rando's "Twitter" comment.


Or.."gasp" tik tok comedy.
A big, never ending vortex of cringe.
 
2021-04-10 11:39:41 PM  

GoodDoctorB: It's clearly a struggle for Jimmy Fallon, who plays the drummer, and comes perilously close to what the kids today might dub a 'LOL'.

Wtf is this. A human being wrote this? Are we sure?


Jesus wept
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2021-04-10 11:43:15 PM  

Bslim: LewDux: Bslim: That's what entertainment journalism is now? It was bit that worked because of how absurd it was and Walken. That's it, except for Fallon almost ruining it. It shouldn't require an article.

OK, Tolstoy

Ah, so you're part of the Jimmy Fallon demographic.


F*ck that noise there's a Kevin James demographic!
A Paul Blart demographic! His last name sounds like diarrhea coming out of a sphincter
 
2021-04-10 11:47:19 PM  

amb: Three Crooked Squirrels: gilgigamesh: Paul Baumer: I know it's iconic, but man, that skit wasn't funny then or now. Just the same damn joke for 5 minutes.

The best thing about it was that it revived the career of BOC, always a criminally underrated band that never got the due they deserved.

And they fully embraced the gag.  They never really took themselves that seriously, and anyone with the slightest sense of nuance could always get the Spinal Tap-esque tongue in cheek permeating songs like Don't Fear the Reaper.  So when this sketch was getting people to notice them again, they dove in head first.  They'd introduce Reaper in concert by yelling out "WHO WANTS YO TO HEAR A LITTLE COWBELL!?"

I saw them at some outdoor festival in Chattanooga in about 2000, maybe 1999.  About 5,000 people sitting on a hill with a river in the background, and BOC has 60 minutes.

For the first 48 minutes, everyone just sat around.  After about 15 minutes, you'd hear people between songs yelling "Play the Reaper!"  "Reaper, man!"  The calls for Reaper intensified as they played songs no one knew.  Then they went into Burning for You.  And the crowd kind of looked around as if to say "Hey, I didn't know they played this song."  Then they went into "Godzilla", and everyone actually stood up.  Then they finally went into Reaper, and the crowd went nuts.  It was pretty funny to watch.  Awesome 12 minutes or so.

I watched a video today about under appreciated 70s songs and one was "Godzilla". They interviewed some of the band about the song. The part where they speak Japanese was because they felt it needed something in that spot. They were friends with a photographer from Japan, who translated the phrase for them. The singer was a languages major in school and had taken a crash Berlitz course to learn Japanese. The song was their tribute to all the monster movies they watched growing up.


The electric guitar after high tension wires
 
2021-04-10 11:47:56 PM  

Bslim: LewDux: Bslim: That's what entertainment journalism is now? It was bit that worked because of how absurd it was and Walken. That's it, except for Fallon almost ruining it. It shouldn't require an article.

OK, Tolstoy

Ah, so you're part of the Jimmy Fallon demographic.


Fallon and Ferrell are like King Midas.
Only everything they touch turns to shiat.
 
2021-04-10 11:59:31 PM  

gunther_bumpass: Bslim: LewDux: Bslim: That's what entertainment journalism is now? It was bit that worked because of how absurd it was and Walken. That's it, except for Fallon almost ruining it. It shouldn't require an article.

OK, Tolstoy

Ah, so you're part of the Jimmy Fallon demographic.

Fallon and Ferrell are like King Midas.
Only everything they touch turns to shiat.


Step brothers was funny
 
2021-04-11 4:48:46 AM  
it doesn't matter how old someone is when you tell them "needs more cowbell!" they know exactly what you are talking about. It spans a few generations.

And that's kinda cool.
 
2021-04-11 2:00:23 PM  
Blue Oyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper (Audio)
Youtube Dy4HA3vUv2c
 
2021-04-11 2:02:49 PM  
Sooner or later you'll dance with the Reaper.
Youtube N9YpnklYhxY
 
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