Respectful Insolence

Need more cowbell?

Need more cowbell?

Not if you’re this guy.


Next we’ll hear about miraculous “cowbell cures” from alties.


  1. #1 Abel PharmBoy
    March 11, 2006

    Sonofabitch – the Will Ferrell/Christopher Walken bit got the song stuck in my head so much that I had to go learn it. I spent enough time on it on this perfectly good Saturday morning that I even struggled whether to accept or delete the correction made in the main riff by contributors to this 12-year-old tabulature submission. (After playing it about a hundred times each way, I think that you DO want to have your 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the D string while picking the F chord part of the riff).

    Damn you, Orac. Now my 3-year-old wants to play the cowbell.

  2. #2 skippy
    March 11, 2006

    hi orac! just want to let you know i’m adding ri to my science blogs category on my permanent blogroll.

    keep up the good work!

  3. #3 Julia
    March 11, 2006

    I was, for most intents and purposes, living under a rock when the “More cowbell” thing came out, and now I think I finally understand. (I wasn’t sure who to ask by the time I realized I was totally clueless….) Thank you for that, and thank you for the amusing comic.

  4. #4 BigHeathenMike
    March 12, 2006

    I actually have a t-shirt that says, “More Cowbell” with a picture of the…I hesitate to say “instrument”. That SNL clip is so damn funny I can’t even stand it. Thanks for giving me a laugh on a rather crappy Sunday.

  5. #5 Skeptyk
    March 12, 2006

    The fact that the “more cowbell” meme rides on the endemic virulence of “Don’t Fear the Reaper” has made it powerfully infective.

    Thank you, Orac. I had not been infected, and am already a grateful carrier, who promptly passed it on to my son and husband.

    Long Live Gene Frenkle, who only in “death” became real to us.