Add cowbell and Christopher Walken to any song


33 Responses to “Add cowbell and Christopher Walken to any song”

  1. jefflewis says:

    I added 90% cowbell and 61% Walken to Exodus – Bob Marley Click the link and listen to it. This is sweet.
    Thanks Cory!


  2. bobsyeruncle says:

    Very cool. Now you can get your RickRoll on with more cowbell!

  3. sirwebster says:

    i think i broke it, i uploaded “Don’t Fear The Reaper” and it’s been stuck on the “Uh-Oh” page ever since

  4. isaacd says:


    A true LOL for the power of suggestion! Well played.

    And no, I did not see that coming.

  5. Robert says:

    There’s not much that can improve Abney Park’s Airship Pirates. Except for cowbells.

    Christopher Walken… not so much.

  6. El Mariachi says:

    Great, more long-expired fodder for all the terminal bores who think parroting ten year old Saturday Night Live catchphrases counts in any way as humor. They’re makin’ copies! They’re gonna pump! you up! Such wild and craaazy guys!

    Maybe there’s a chance of them realizing that their entire personalities can be replaced with a few lines of Actionscript, but I’m not holding my breath.

  7. geopet says:

    This is what the internet was made for.

  8. captainvw says:

    Uploading the Lords of Acid, Show Me Your P***y, this is gonna be GREAT

    …but it’s takin’ a while…

    f’ it, I’m goin’ to Casa Bonita

  9. dizastor says:

    I tried several songs including Highway to Hell and Iron Man, my favorite mix turns out to be Supercharger Heaven – White Zombie

    The Walken soundbytes turned out particularly awesome.

  10. NoahApples says:

    Aw man, now THIS is a website.

  11. captainvw says:


    Upon reaching 100% uploaded, the site displayed the ‘uh-oh’ page.

    It’s all just a ruse! A tease! A lulz!

    Woulda been pretty sweet, tho…

    Come to think of it, the Lords of Acid was an OK idea, but a RickRoll/Cowbell combo… well, I wouldn’t want anybody’s head to explode online, VIRTUALLY, or anything, but gee whillakers.

    I mean… gee whillakers.

  12. fendwick says:

    Uh oh!

    Another innocent site rendered helpless by… the power of the Boing!

  13. Paul Coleman says:

    I didn’t think there was any way to improve upon Father Abraham’s ‘Smurfing Beer’.

    I was wrong.

  14. Ugly Canuck says:

    lol! Now this is what the internet is all about, IMO.

  15. bwhitman says:

    Hi, this is Brian from the Echo Nest — some of my employees made this app! It went down a couple of hours ago and the waiting cowbell queue was immense. We’re back up now though– if you’re having problems, please save the URL you were given after uploading and check again in a few minutes. We just added 10 more machines (thank you amazon) to handle the load.

  16. bitworksmusic says:

    Dude, I so totally had this idea first! I’m gonna sue… OK, well so maybe I had the idea, but didn’t tell anyone, but I really was thinking how cool it would be to be able to press the “just add cowbell” button.


  17. Ugly Canuck says:

    BWhitman buy your guys a beer for this, eh?
    What this needs is…more cowbell!

  18. Steve says:

    Are cowbell-ized MP3s under the same scrutiny of the RIAA? Yikes. Or might that be what the increased tempo is trying to get around?

  19. LogrusZed says:

    Great app!

  20. Halloween Jack says:

    Between this and the AYBABTU stamp, it’s like Surreal Life for Internet memes here today.

  21. Korpo says:

    If only I had a copy of Never Gonna Give You Up, I could create the Cowbellroll.

  22. eti says:

    Klaus Nomi’s The Nomi Song – now with more cowbell! And a little more Walken.

  23. caipirina says:

    i tried the most popular song i have in my library .. coldplay’s viva la vida .. and i am getting an error message ..

    iTunes genius is not working for me either …

  24. Mold Prince says:

    @ Jordawesome

    Your choice of Conet was inspired, and incredibly surreal.

    Thanks for that.

  25. gretagretchen says:

    hmmm…I liked what adding Walken did to Ballade de Melody Nelson but I am not so sure about the cowbell.

  26. Manny says:

    I added more cowbell to Chet Atkins and Les Paul playing “The Birth of the Blues”. It is a beautiful horrible thing: .

  27. Anonymous says:

    #11 IANAL but I am a 3L law student.
    Copyright protects against copying, distribution, derive, perform/public display.—-000-.html

    I argue that “cowbell-ized” MP3s fall under a Copyright exception, probably parody, maybe comment, criticism?
    Also, as long as they don’t have links for others to hear the music that you uploaded (which you presumably own), then they aren’t really distributing but merely providing a service to you. Now, if _you_ distribute the URL to the song, I think that is your problem.

    I’m skipping over a lot of Copyright basics but you research them yourself here (I worked on this site last semester for a class):

    Just tossing out some ideas early in the morning. Don’t rely on this in making any decisions.

  28. semiotix says:

    Christopher Walken’s voice is what you hear in your head as you read this post. You hear him saying these words in his usual oddball way, with his inflections. It doesn’t matter that it doesn’t sound like movie dialogue; the point is that you’re hearing Chris Walken for your internal monologue.

    But now, suddenly, it’s Morgan Freeman. Bet you didn’t see that coming.

  29. p3n3nc3 says:

    Finally, after all these years, the computer has realized true usefulness!

  30. jordawesome says:

    cowbell + walken + conet project nato alphabet =

  31. Itsumishi says:

    I think this is the greatest thing I’ve ever heard.

    I enjoy the recently updated songs. Who would have guessed that Willie Nelson is AWESOME when you add cowbell and Christopher Walken?

  32. LaHaine says:

    Indeed, ‘More Cowbell’ improves every song.

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