5 Songs Will Ferrell Hijacked
Will Ferrell is one of the funniest people in Hollywood. Not many have successfully pulled off his trademark over-the-top tomfoolery. The guy got his start in the early nineties and is still going strong. From his crazy SNL personas to Anchorman's Ron Burgundy to Old School's Frank the Tank, his insanely wonderful characters visit you for a coffee and end up spending the whole weekend in your head.
Music runs in Will's blood. His father, Roy Lee Ferrell, is a musician who in the mid-1960s played saxophone and piano for The Righteous Brothers. He also performed in backing bands for many other musicians including the famed surf-guitarist Dick Dale.
Although Will chose a different path, he has always stayed close to music in his own eccentric ways. He has parodied many songs and given a whole different optics to them. You can't listen to the songs touched by him without thinking of him. Here we take a look at five songs he has masterfully hijacked.
#5. Don't Stop Believin'
The list starts with the January 2018 episode of Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show, in which Ferrell's character recklessly hackles Jimmy Fallon's act of rendering Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'."
> Don't stop what?
> OK, I won't
#4. Dust in the Wind
In the 2003 comedy Old School, Blue (played by Patrick Cranshaw) dies of a heart attack after seeing two topless college girls he was supposed to wrestle. At Blue's funeral, Ferrell broke into "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas, ending it with "You're my boy, blue."
Sitting in the audience were his friends Mitch Martin (Luke Wilson) and Bernard (Vince Vaughn.) Mitch, getting visibly sad and emotional listening to the song, is told by Bernard, "That's what old people do... they die."
#3. Drunk in Love
And this time Mr. Ferrell lip syncs Beyonce's "Drunk In Love" and Frozen's "Let It Go". After watching this video, you may not listen to the songs the same way again. That is if you are one of those who listen to these songs.
He performed this magnum opus in February 2015 episode of Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show.
#2. Afternoon delight
In one of the most iconic moments of the 2004 comedy Anchorman, when asked how the sex was with Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate,) Ron Burgundy responds with an amorous "It's kind of like..." followed by Starland Vocal Band's 1976 song "Afternoon Delight".
#1. Don't Fear the Reaper
"More cowbell." This April 2000 comedy SNL sketch spoofs the song "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult. The 5-and-a-half minute sketch has its own wikipedia page, and rightfully so.
The idea was a product of Ferrell's head. "Every time I heard [the song], I would hear the faint cowbell in the background and wonder, 'What is that guy's life like?'"
In the skit, guest host Christopher Walken, playing the part of the music producer Bruce Dickinson –– yes, THE Bruce Dickinson –– demands more cowbell in the song being performed by the SNL cast portraying Blue Öyster Cult. Gene Frenkle, a fictional character played by Ferrell, is the man on cowbell. And Ferrell delivers it with such passion that the actors had a tough time keeping straight faces. The other actors, playing the roles of Blue Öyster Cult line-up were: Jimmy Fallon as drummer Albert Bouchard; Chris Kattan as guitarist Buck Dharma; Chris Parnell as guitarist Eric Bloom; and Horatio Sanz as bass guitarist Joe Bouchard.
Jimmy Fallon, who was new to the SNL game, commented,
... we do the sketch in dress rehearsal and it's OK – it's not even that great. And then, on air... he came out with a smaller shirt so that his gut would hang out when he banged the cowbell. And everyone just broke up laughing, and I couldn't stop laughing. That's what you get when you play with the big boys.
Play the song in a crowd and you will hear echoes of "More cowbell" before even the first guitar riff ends.