Will Ferrell in Blue Oyster Cult: MORE COWBELL!

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Will Ferrell's Greatest: Blue Oyster Cult on VH1 Behind the Music (AKA: MORE COWBELL!!)

If you've read any of my other guides, you know that  I love Will Ferrell. He's been a favorite of mine for quite some time. He was the best Saturday Night Live cast-mate of the last 15 years and single handedly carried SNL during the down years - showing his versatility from characters such as Neil Diamond, Robert Goulet, Gene Frenkle, etc. My favorite Will Ferrell skit - and possibly SNL skit - of all time is the Blue Oyster Cult: VH1 Behind the Music which is better known as Gotta Have More Cowbell! The skit appeared when Christopher Walken was hosting - he plays record producer Bruce Dickinson who is helping Blue Oyster Cult produce their hit Don't Fear the Reaper - which features the cowbell. The skit also features Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell who were relative SNL newbies. Below is the skit which is featured on the  Will Ferrell: Best of SNL DVD:


VH1 Behind the Music: Blue Oyster Cult (More Cowbell!)

Gene Frenkle - Will Ferrell
Bruce Dickinson - Christopher Walken
Eric - Chris Parnell
Buck - Horatio Sanz
Alan - Chris Kattan
Bobby - Jimmy Fallon
  • VH-1 Story Tellers Announcer: After a series of staggering defeats, Blue Oyster Cult assembled in the recording studio in late 1976 for a session with famed producer Bruce Dickinson. And, luckily for us, the cameras were rolling.
  • Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken): Alright, guys, I think we're ready to lay this first track down. By the way, my name is Bruce Dickinson. Yes, the Bruce Dickinson. And I gotta tell you, fellas: you have got what appears to be a dynamite sound!
  • Eric Bloom (Chris Parnell): Coming from you, Bruce, that means a lot.
  • Buck Dharma (Horatio Sanz): Yeah. I mean, you're Bruce Dickinson!
  • Alan (Chris Kattan): It's incredible!
  • Bobby (Jimmy Fallon): I can't believe Bruce Dickinson digs our sound!
  • Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken): Easy, guys... I put my pants on just like the rest of you - one leg at a time. Except, once my pants are on, I make gold records! [ Blue Oyster Cult laughs ] Alright, here we go. "Don't Fear the Reaper" - take one. [ walks into the control booth ]
  • [ the group begins the song. After some guitar and drumming, Gene plays his gold cowbell ]
  • Eric (Chris Parnell): [ distracted by Gene's cowbell playing ] Okay! Wait! Wait! [ music stops ] Bruce, could you come in here for a minute, please?
  • Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken): [ while coming out of the booth ] That was gonna be a great track. Guys, what's the deal?
  • Eric (Chris Parnell): Are you sure that was sounding okay?
  • Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken): I'll be honest fellas - it was sounding great. But, I could've used a little more cowbell. So... let's take it again... and, Gene.
  • Gene Frenkle (Will Ferrell): Yeah?
  • Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken): Really explore the studio space this time! I mean, really.. explore the space. I like what I'm hearing.
  • [ Blue Oyster Cult plays the song again and Gene bangs the cow bell wildly and dances franticly - his fat belly pops out, Walken is breaking into a laugh, Jimmy Fallen in near hysterical and Ferrell keeps going wild on the cowbell]
  • Eric (Chris Parnell): Okay, wait! Stop! I'm sorry. Bruce, could you come back in here, please?
  • Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken): [ stepping out of the booth ] Fellas: now, we just wasted two good tracks! That last one was even better than the first!
  • Eric (Chris Parnell): Well, it's just that I find Gene's cowbell playing distracting! If I'm the only one, I'll shut up.
  • Buck Dharma (Horatio Sanz): It was pretty rough.
  • Gene Frenkle (Will Ferrell): You know, I could pull back a little. If you'd like.
  • Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken): Not too much, though! Fellas, I'm telling you - you're gonna want that cowbell on the track!
  • Gene Frenkle (Will Ferrell): You know what? It's fine. Let's just do this thing.
  • [ the band starts the song again. Gene plays the cowbell softly and now just inches away Eric's ear - Eric turns angry andpushes Ferrell who bumps into Horatio Sanz and makes him fall down ]
  • Eric (Chris Parnell): Come on, people!
  • Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken): [ running out of the booth ] That.. that doesn't work for me. I gotta have more cowbell!
  • Alan (Chris Kattan): [ grabbing Gene by the shirt ] Don't blow this for us, Gene!
  • Bobby (Jimmy Fallon): [ Fallon is laughing terribly] Yeah, quit being so selfish, Gene!
  • Gene Frenkle (Will Ferrell): Can I just say one thing?
  • Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken): Say it, baby. Say it!
  • Gene Frenkle (Will Ferrell): I'm standing here, staring at Bruce Dickinson!
  • Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken): The cock of the walk, baby!
  • Gene Frenkle (Will Ferrell): And if Bruce Dickinson wants more cowbell, we should probably give him more cowbell!
  • Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken): Say it, baby!
  • Gene Frenkle (Will Ferrell): And, Bobby, you are right - I am being selfish. But the last time I checked, we don't have a whole lot of songs that feature the cowbell.
  • Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken): I gotta have more cowbell, baby!
  • Gene Frenkle (Will Ferrell): ..and I'll be doing myself a disservice -- [Ferrell tries to contain himself from laughing - but Jimmy Fallon is cracking up again and bites on his drumstick to stop himself from laughter ] -- and every member in this band, if I don't perform the hell out of this.
  • Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken): Guess what? I got a fever! And the only prescription.. is more cowbell!
  • Gene Frenkle (Will Ferrell): Thanks, Bruce. But I think, maybe if I just leave.. and, maybe I'll come back later, and we can lay down the cowbell. [ heads out of the studio ]
  • Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken): Aw, baby..
  • Eric (Chris Parnell): Gene, wait! Why don't you lay down that cowbell right now. With us. Together.
  • [ everyone nods & agrees ]
  • Gene Frenkle (Will Ferrell): Do you mean that, Eric?
  • Buck Dharma (Horatio Sanz): He speaks for all of us.
  • Gene Frenkle (Will Ferrell): Thank you.
  • Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken): Babies.. before we're done here.. y'all be wearing gold-plated diapers.
  • Alan (Chris Kattan): What does that mean?
  • Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken): Never question Bruce Dickinson! Roll it!
  • Eric (Chris Parnell): 1, 2, 3, 4.

The Moral of the Story: The only cure for a fever is More Cowbell!!

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