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Clapping vs. Cowbell

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by FaithNoMan, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. I figured some of us talkbass folks argue bout' some dumb stuff..

    ...Now lets talk about something that really matters :)
  2. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    One can never have too much cowbell.

  3. I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell.
  4. I'll go with cowbell, since the audience is less likely to cowbell along with their horrid timing than they are to clap along. Just watch out for the guy who snuck a cowbell in. :ninja:
  5. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
    Clapping. It has more dynamic range than cowbell. But I will admit that the opening to "Mississippi Queen" is far less dramatic with just clapping.
  6. Where is the poll for "Cowbell", "Clapping" or "Carrots"?

    Cant beat some cowbell
  7. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Cowbell... Fu manchu rocks
  8. OMG I HATE IT WHEN THE AUDIENCE CLAPS. It's like they purposefully try to throw you off, as a test, or they think the song is in like 9/8...
  9. cowbell...
    all i can say is
    Mississippi queen, lowrider, little sister, and of course, Don't fear the reaper!
  10. I think we can all agree that an audience full of cowbell would be horrific.
  11. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Tsk, tsk... why do you argue about one or another when you can have both?

    (I'd be the winner if this was a contest :p :D )
  12. All good songs must have either claps or cowbell in it.

    Great songs have both. :bassist:
  13. Where is that cowbell guy??
  14. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    Perhaps you could get a hi-hat-style cowbell stand. Who needs the drummer for.. more cowbell, baby!
  15. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004

    I saw Wynton Marsalis in Montreal about a month ago, and during one song, Wynton and the band start clapping. But not in unison, like one dude in half notes, another in triplets, and another doing some syncopated stuff. And the crowds starts clapping :rollno: :rollno: :rollno: :rollno:

    Obviously, a room full of whites can't ever figure out which guy to follow clapping, so everybody's just clapping along mindlessly, with complete disregard for rythmic consistency. (where's the "slapping forehead smiley" when you need him)

    And THEN, after the show, some wise-a$$ is telling his friends that, quote: "The handclapping number was terrible, the band members weren't even clapping together"
    :rollno: :rollno: :rollno: :rollno: :bawl: :bawl:
    Does humanity even have a chance?

    This would not have happened with cowbell.
    I am Phil Mastro, and I approve cowbell.
  16. Whenever I hear cowbell I think of that Will Ferrel sketch from SNL. Friggin hilarious.

    Get the Best of Will Ferrel SNL DVD's. Gold. Absolute carrots.
  17. DannyB


    Aug 17, 2004
  18. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    Cowbell ownz hands.
  19. In full size, too! ...he was soo needed

    who gets that crazy clapping?? :eek: :eyebrow: :eek:

    Thanks DannyB
  20. +1 on the will ferrel DVD. FREAKINGa hilarious :D