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FUNNY ROCK MUSIC VIDEO ...
More Cowbell

This is the classic "more cowbell" video from Saturday Night Live, with Christopher Walken as a music producer trying to get the moooost out of the hard-rock band Blue Oyster Cult as they record their mega-hit "Don't Fear the Reaper." It's a wonder that Walken and the SNL players managed to pull off this funny rock-music video parody without so much as cracking a smile.

Funny rock music video; Christopher Walken, Will Farrell, Saturday Night Live cast; embed source: MetaCafe

 
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