Friday, July 3, 2015

5 on Friday -- Set 273

Spinning Friday tunes since 2010...

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This year I'll be taking a once-a-month look at specific instruments and showcasing five songs or tunes which place that instrument front and center.

This year's feature is called Spotlight On...

...and for our seventh installment, I'm venturing out from the primal body instruments of hand-clapping, whistling and vocal harmonies to explore percussion. Following April's look at drums, May's look at the vibraphone or vibes, and June's look at piano, here are five songs which shine a spotlight on the cowbell.

1 - Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult - 1976

On April 8th, 2000 as season 25 of Saturday Night Live was drawing to a close, a sketch originally titled Behind the Music: Blue Oyster Cult but now commonly referred to as More Cowbell aired to immediate acclaim. It has only grown more popular in the fifteen years since it was first broadcast.

Cowbells as part of the percussive instruments is more common in salsa music, but has a recurring place in pop and rock music. Apparently the 1970s enjoyed something of a cowbell renaissance.

Don't Fear the Reaper is one of many classic rock songs attached to one my favorite shows of all time -- Supernatural. To be honest, however, for me it will always belong to the 1994 miniseries The Stand

2 - Low Rider - War -1975 

3 - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet - Bachman Turner Overdrive - 1974

4 - Incense and Peppermints - Strawberry Alarm Clock - 1967

5 - Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones - 1969



Mike Golch said...

great set.I gotta go with strawberry alarm clock this week as my Fav,buty the others are all close seconds. Cheers!!