More Cowbell – Remembering The Famous SNL Skit

Believe it or now, Christopher Walken‘s infamous “More Cowbell” skit from SNL originally aired on April 8, 2000.

The More Cowbell skit (actual title “Behind The Music: Blue Oyster Cult”) is about the recording of the song “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by the Blue Öyster Cult. The skit features guest host Christopher Walken as music producer Bruce Dickinson (not to be confused with the Iron Maiden vocalist) and Will Ferrell as a fictional cowbell player by the name of Gene Frenkle.

Audience Reaction to The More Cowbell Skit

The sketch was well received by audiences after it first aired, but it didn’t immediately become a cult hit. The More Cowbell phenomenon didn’t kick into full gear until it was released on DVD. It can be found on both the SNL: The Best of Will Ferrell set as well as SNL: The Best of Christopher Walken set. After the skit was released on DVD, it soon found its way onto the Internet and quickly became one of the most memorable SNL skits of all time. There’s even a More Cowbell Game.

 

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