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    Cowbell!

    Let's hear it for the greatest instrument ever (sorry triangle).

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    I've got a fever...

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    ^There was so many of those kinds of vids on YT I didn't even bother posting one.
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    When I was in college there was a student band called Dog Talk, and they featured NON-STOP cowbell on every single song they played.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    When I was in college there was a student band called Dog Talk, and they featured NON-STOP cowbell on every single song they played.
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    The percussion, including the cowbell, elevates this song above the ordinary:


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheH View Post
    What a coincidence! Those boys played my wedding too!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    What a coincidence! Those boys played my wedding too!!!
    You lucky guy

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    A lot of latin drummers and conga players use a foot pedal to play the "clave" rhythm on the cowbell. Antonio Sanchez is the first guy I ever heard utilize that.


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    Re: Antonio Sanchez

    I really enjoyed this. He has a great sense of humor! And he was a huge prog fan growing up in Mexico.

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    Less cowbell! We need *less* cowbell! I'm perfectly healthy! You with the cowbell - go out and fetch beer. Take the cowbell with you.

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    Lock the door while he's out.

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    I love cowbell in rock. I like all the auxiliary percussion in rock music. The Beatles had bongos, claves, maracas, tamborine, AND cowbell in the early days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.
    Word.

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    The Beatles invented cowbell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic2012 View Post
    The Beatles invented cowbell.
    Then Phil Collins ruined it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic2012 View Post
    I love cowbell in rock. I like all the auxiliary percussion in rock music. The Beatles had bongos, claves, maracas, tamborine, AND cowbell in the early days.
    Bobby Fuller Four used a Coke bottle (probably one of the old "No Deposit No Return" ones) on Let Her Dance.

    Sounds like Jamie Muir tore a piece of construction paper on the studio version of Easy Money.

    That Neil Peart guy played pieces of plywood on the studio version of YYZ.

    Bev Bevan played a fire extinguisher on Mr. Blue Sky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    Then Phil Collins ruined it.
    Didn't Phil play percussion on All Things Must Pass? I remember reading somewhere that one of the other Genesis guys were impressed to learn that he had played on a George Harrison session, before finding out that he actually played "third tambourine or something like that".

    Speaking of tambourine, check out Phil's tambourine solo on the live version of I Know What I Like. And I also liked the way Nazareth used the tambourine on the song You're The Violin, where it enters only after the line "Some sh-sh-shake me like a tambourine".

    Pete Townshend bashing the hell out of a tambourine on the live versions of Baba O'Riley I always thought was pretty cool too.

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    Time Has Come Today by The Chambers Bros. has the only 6 minute psychedelic cowbell solo I'm aware of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by progeezer View Post
    Time Has Come Today by The Chambers Bros. has the only 6 minute psychedelic cowbell solo I'm aware of
    Such an integral part of the song, The Ramones used it in their cover version (though they cut it down to something like three minutes).

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    Speaking of tambourine, check out Phil's tambourine solo on the live version of I Know What I Like.
    Phil ruins the tambourine:

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    Bobby Fuller Four used a Coke bottle (probably one of the old "No Deposit No Return" ones) on Let Her Dance.

    Sounds like Jamie Muir tore a piece of construction paper on the studio version of Easy Money.

    That Neil Peart guy played pieces of plywood on the studio version of YYZ.

    Bev Bevan played a fire extinguisher on Mr. Blue Sky.
    ... and Paul mcCartney was supposed to have played carrots on "Vega-tables" by the Beach Boys - though I think that may be urban myth.

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