Most people go directly to the Saturday Night Live “Cow Bell” sketch when they hear Blue Oyster Cult’s classic “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.” Hell, I did with my image choices and headline and so did the man behind this video.
But the song is a lot cooler than the sketch would let you believe. Sure it led to one of the funniest sketches in SNL history (with a lot of help from Christopher Walken), but it also provided a classic intro to Stephen King’s The Stand mini-series. It added a sardonic flavor to one of Banksy’s installations during his visit to New York. Most of all, it’s got a bad ass solo that creeps up Satan’s spine and should be never be edited out. The video keeps it in and that’s enough to make it a winner to me.