JD Ryznar is a Hollywood writer. He knows very little about music, but enjoys imagining elaborate scenarios inspired by popular songs.
David B Lyons is a Hollywood Location Manager. He knows a little about music, but feels the need to compartmentalize genres, then rank them.
Hollywood Steve Huey is a former staff writer for Allmusic.com, a former talking head for VH1, and currently the only unmarried man on this podcast.
Hunter Stair is from Flint, MI.
More cowbell than you can shake a cowbell at.
Yacht Rock Bone Throw: “Down in Cancun” by Victor Feldman
- The guys who created “Yacht Rock” aren’t even the most knowledgeable about Yacht Rock in the Tampa Bay area
- Full Doobie (“The Doobie Bounce”)
- Donald Fagen’s quote about Feldman (“... could make a humdrum date into a classic”)
- Feldman’s earlier band Generation Band
- Victor Feldman album “Smooth”
- Feldman played with Seals and Crofts, Poco, Michael Omartian, Carly Simon, Stephen Bishop, Loggins & Messina, Boz Scaggs, “Boona,” Nicolette Larson, Pages, Christopher Cross, Pablo Cruise, Al Jarreau, Gino Vannelli, Chuck Mangione
- The Stevehole (Hollywood Steve Explains): Chord voicing (the key to the jazzy sound of Yacht Rock)
- Giorgio Moroder
- “Hopes these detectives solve their crime”
Clunk Rock describes songs with complete cowbell. The cowbell “transcends the standard percussion instrument.” It defines the song. The cowbell is designed to elevate the song to a status of pure rock, while the sound itself grounds the song with a bold and unwavering tempo. Songs with merely cowbell introductions aren’t Clunk Rock.
Supplementary: “The Reaper Quandary” (by Hunter Stair) - “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult. The song was made famous in a “Saturday Night Live” sketch starring Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell in which the presence of a cowbell was hilariously exalted ad nauseum. But the instrument used in the proper song may actually be a woodblock.
Reason A: Buck Dharma, Eric Bloom, Albert Bouchard all claimed to have played cowbell on it, calling into question the legitimacy of the cowbell itself.
Reason B: Bouchard said the cowbell didn’t sound right in the recording, so he wrapped it in gaff tape and played it with a timpani mallet. This is an extreme attempt to legitimize the presence of the cowbell, again calling into question the legitimacy of the instrument’s presence.
Reason C: It sounds like a woodblock.
Reason D: At a live show in 1999, they used a woodblock for the song.
- Hard Organ (pure torture)
- “Honky Tonk Women” by the (not) Rolling Stones (without cowbell)
- Bruce Dickinson
- The Blue Oyster
- Wikipedia pronunciation guide
- No. 1 song in 1968 (over “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”)
- Herb Alpert and Tijuana Brass
- Julius Wechter and the Baja Marimba Band
- “Grazing in the Grass” by Friends of Distinction
- Cows have four stomachs, release a lot of methane
- Lowrider lifestyle
- Leroy “Lonnie” Johnson is all that’s left of War
- Four former members of War are The Lowrider Band
- Eric Burdon (The Animals)
- “Spill the Wine” by Eric Burdon and War
- “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” by War
- “Tobacco Road” by Eric Burdon and War
- Dexter (a mini-cow)
- Original title of the song: “Heir of the Dog”
- Bob Seger
- Is this the original studio version?
- Highland cow
- Dave Lyons puts the best song at No. 4
- Note: Guns ‘N’ Roses covered “Hair of the Dog” in “The Spaghetti Incident” (with cowbell)
Other proposed genre songs:
- “Rock of Ages” by Def Leppard
- “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson (demo version)
- “A New Time - A New Day” by the Chambers Brothers