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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ArtechnikA, Apr 10, 2015.
Here's your guy:
Aw, man. If he played the triangle too, I would hire him.
Pro cowbellists are in high demand and get paid the big bucks. He won't come cheap!
2 semi professional cowbellists
There's a great story that, um, I think it was producer Richard Perry, tells about the Carly Simon/James Taylor tune "Mockingbird" which appeared on Simon's Hotcakes album. He says the tune was in the can, all tracks recorded, ready to mix...and yet it just kind of sucked. Didn't groove, didn't inspire, didn't make anyone really feel good (which was sort of the whole point of the tune). So he's faced with the choice of A) release a lame non-grooving tune, or B) give up and don't include it on the album.
Instead he went with option C). He hired session percussionist Ralph MacDonald to come in and overdub some cowbell. And Ralph -- who was a high-demand, big-bucks-making pro cowbellist par excellance -- played quarter notes throughout the tune. Just straight four-on-the-floor "donk, donk, donk, donk" on the cowbell
...except, because Ralph was a consumate pro (read: triple-scale NYC session musician with a bazillion album credits) it wasn't really straight four-on-the-floor quarter notes; Ralph pushed the beat in such a way that the non-grooving, non-inspiring, non-feelgood tracks suddenly grooved, inspired, and felt good. One overdub fixed it. Tune became a Top 10 hit. Because of a cowbell.
That ad is beautiful. "All pro gear".... Love it!
Can you imagine being the first chair triangle player for a major symphony orchestra? If that was me, I could walk around with my head held high. And just play bass guitar at home in secret. No one would have to know.
Riiiiight. There's so much instrumental cover in that song that you can barely hear the cowbell. Urban legend, if that.
Since nobody's asked it yet--what's best cowbell for metal?
And what about woodblocks?
Since our band stopped playing Honky Tonk Woman my drummer has been much happier. He hates dragging out that cowbell. Go figure.