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Cowbell Poll

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by speedracer, Jan 14, 2022.

  1. speedracer

    speedracer Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Vote for one song that features cowbell. The winner will become the official SHF definitive cowbell rock song.

    This was a tough call. Of course the Stones established this rock tradition and Mountain and Grand Funk exploited the effect powerfully. But after serious consideration, I surprised myself and voted for Hair of the Dog , as it seems to be the most blatant.
     
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  2. Kingsley Fats

    Kingsley Fats Forum Resident

    Mississippi Queen - Mountain
     
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  3. bataclan2002

    bataclan2002 All You Need Is Now.

    KISS - Calling Dr. Love
     
  4. Beamish13

    Beamish13 Forum Resident

  5. frozenpianos

    frozenpianos Looking for that Hook

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    Don't Fear the Reaper
     
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  6. Evethingandnothing

    Evethingandnothing Forum Resident

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    A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles. Yes, them. The cowbell is played such that it's slightly ahead of the beat and propels that section along with energy.

    Added - the poll wasn't showing when I first replied. Of those listed it's between The Stones and War for me, with the latter probably taking the prize. That's my poll vote. I'll also add that Booker T & The MG's Soul Limbo has top cowbell.
     
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  7. UnderTheFloorboards'66

    UnderTheFloorboards'66 Forum Resident

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  8. DrJ

    DrJ Senior Member

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  9. 4-2-7

    4-2-7 Forum Resident

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    Don't Fear the Reaper
     
  10. GregM

    GregM The expanding man

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    Wait for it...wait for it... (3:20)

     
  11. Em.

    Em. Forum Resident

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    I don't expect this one to get much traction here, but Talk Talk's "Desire" is one that I hold dear.

     
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  12. HotelYorba101

    HotelYorba101 Forum Resident

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    Guns N' Roses - Nightrain
     
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  13. UnderTheFloorboards'66

    UnderTheFloorboards'66 Forum Resident

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  14. Northwind

    Northwind Forum Resident

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    gotta go with "Hair of the Dog"!
     
  15. MYQ1

    MYQ1 Forum Resident

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    I'm aware of the SNL BOC thing but I don't get why any mention of cowbell is often met with laughter.
    It makes the intro on many songs.
     
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  16. unfunkterrible

    unfunkterrible Forum Resident

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    It's got to be a Beatles song: either Drive My Car or maybe... Two Of Us:

     
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  17. speedracer

    speedracer Forum Resident Thread Starter

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  18. DrJ

    DrJ Senior Member

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    A strong contender based on the artful use of the instrument and how critical it is to the feel of the piece:

    "Kiko and the Lavender Moon" - Los Lobos



    War's "Low Rider" is also a VERY strong contender.
     
  19. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

  20. speedracer

    speedracer Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Cast your vote! I might have to change mine , zero votes for Mississippi Queen is sacrilege.
     
  21. SRC

    SRC That sums up Squatter for me

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    The BOC/cowbell skit is legendary, love that. But I prefer Mississippi Queen as a song, so I went with it.

    Those lyrics...
    While the rest of them dudes were gettin' their kicks
    Boy, I beg your pardon, I was gettin' mine


    I mean, he does say, "I beg your pardon." It's the politest song in rock...such good manners there. "I beg your pardon..." A true gentleman, he.

    I know, I know...Robert Plant says a few "excuse me"s in The Crunge, but he's really just lost and asking for directions. It's not the same.
     
  22. SRC

    SRC That sums up Squatter for me

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    Honorary mention has to go to Loverboy's masterpiece, "Working For The Weekend." That guy does three clean cowbell hits in the intro and then he's OUT. Finito. None of this dickering about, clanging away until (or god forbid, continuing right through) the first verse. Loverboy cowbell just says, "Wake up, muthas! Song time!" BOC cowbell says, "I am God's solitary footsteps as I carry you throughout this interminable song of life..."

    Those Loverboy lyrics are far less polite, but still pretty timeless...
    Everybody's working for the weekend (Ain't that the truth, bub)
    Everybody wants a new romance (Well, yeah, just don't tell the wife)
    Everybody's goin' off the deep end (Hooooboy, is that 2022 in a nutshell OR WHAT??)
    Everybody needs a second chance (Even Stalin? Well, who are we to judge)
     
  23. Dingo

    Dingo Forum Resident

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    Who could forget the Mallacoota Cow- Bell Ensemble and their now classic rendition of Debussys’ ‘ Nocturnes ‘. Critics called it ‘…unexpected’ , ‘ ..unusual ‘ and ‘ … not as good as last years ‘ The War Requiem ‘, gushing praise I think you will agree .
     
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  24. MilMascaras

    MilMascaras Musicologist

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    Hugh Masekela - Grazing In The Grass (1968)
     
  25. Sgt. Abbey Road

    Sgt. Abbey Road Forum Resident

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    The Beatles - You Can’t Do That
     

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