Christopher Walken is fricken AWESOME!

If you are a fan of this here blog, you know that I’m all about masterful memes. And what better way to highlight this fact than to use the very best!? Christopher Walken is freaken AWESOME. This will probably be the cover of my first how-to book:

ultimate christopher walken meme pic

The sketch is often considered the best Saturday Night Live piece ever made, or at least ranks in the top 10. “More Cowbell” is hilarity at it’s best. It was written by playwright Donnell Campbell and Will Ferrell, who rocked-out as the fictitious “Gene Frenkle” cowbell player.

Jimmy Fallon is in it as well along with a plethora of famous comedians and actors. Although it debuted some 15 years ago, Walken can barely go anywhere in public without a stranger asking him for “more cowbell.” The Blue Öyster Cult, writers and performers of the song in the sketch, for a long time had trouble verifying who played the actual cowbell on the track.

I remember looking up info on the sketch and Wikipedia was saying that no less than three (3) people were arguing over who played cowbell on the Blue Öyster Cult smash, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”… Today, throwback Thursday (April 23rd, 2015), I looked it up again on wikipedia and found this:

Eric Bloom played it on a rerecording of the song some years later, but the original idea came from David Lucas, who went around the corner to his Warehouse Recording Studio on W. 46th St, got his cowbell, and went back to the Record Plant and played the part.

They also added that SNL sent an intern to buy a CD so they could get the producer’s name. Poor kid got the wrong album:

Christopher Walken portrays producer Bruce Dickinson (not to be confused with the Iron Maiden vocalist of the same name). Bruce was not the actual producer of “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.” The song was produced by David Lucas,[3] who discovered the band and produced their first album, and also Agents of Fortune and Spectres. Sandy Pearlman[4] was their long time manager and lyric writer. Murray Krugman[4] represented Columbia Records. Bruce Dickinson was a midlevel manager at Columbia Records whose name appears on a Blue Öyster Cult reissue CD and a greatest hits compilation as the “reissue producer.” The SNL intern who was sent out to get the record got the Best Hits CD instead of the Agents of Fortune original CD.

“In Memory of Gene Frenkle 1950-2000” appears at the end of the video with a picture of Will Ferrell. Blue Oyster Cult claims that fans continue to contact them expressing their condolences even though the character never existed.

Below is an example of someone remixing the video. I’d say it was ALMOST good. The DJ/producer forgot just one detail but it’s the biggest detail… What we’re saying is what THE Bruce Dickinson is saying: the track NEEDS MORE COWBELL!!!

High School Senior famous for “Laser Cat” photo, commits suicide.

Laser Cat photo | high school senior poses with his rescue cat | the student committed suicide in February 2015
Intentionally cheesy 80’s style pic goes viral. Devin Rodriguez championed the rescue cat cause. LoL Cat Research solutes him. He is dearly missed.

The New York high school senior whose ’80s-style laser portrait along with his cat became a web phenomenon has died of apparent suicide.

The parents of Draven Rodriguez, 17, of Schenectady, told the changing times Union that he died at home. Cause of death is suicide.

Rodriguez’s senior photo journeyed viral after he was adamant on having his rescue cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, be included with him in his yearbook photo. The intention was not to create any kind controversy, Rodriguez said. Somewhat, he just wanted to become different.

“I really wanted to be remembered and this is kind of my last chance in the area before I move on to college and hopefully do great things with my life,” Rodriguez told ABC News in the time the photo. “I want people to remember my personality and not just my face.”

Working with Schenectady-based photographer Vincent Giordano, Rodriguez created an intentionally cheesy, laser-streaked portrait of himself holding Mr. Bigglesworth, a long, bushy stray cat who’d gotten into the family home and never left.

Anticipating resistance from the school to his desire to have it included among the senior class’ formal portraits, Rodriguez posted the photo online to garner support. It blazed around the Internet and was mentioned by Jimmy Fallon in a “Tonight Show” monologue and by talk-show host Ellen Degenerees.

Diane Wilkinson poses with chihuahua in laser cat sequel photo
If you can’t beat him, join him. School principle allows student to pose with cat if she can pose with her lap dog. LoL Cat Research is not sure what to make of that move.

Regardless of the school initially giving Rodriguez flak for wanting his feline friend within the photo, the student launched an online petition to realize support for his endeavor. That petition garnered greater than 7, 500 signatures. University officials eventually relented, provided that the school principal, Diane Wilkinson, could bring her own pet Chihuahua to the woman photo shoot. Rodriguez and Wilkinson posed together with their furry friends in one photo for the classes year book, complete using a note about a trigger dear to both advisors: rescue animals.

“He’s a great kid and I needed to support him even far more,” Wilkinson told ABC News last fall. Friends and family of Rodriguez say he went out of his way to make friends with people from all corners of the country – both online and off – via youth-leadership conferences and just around his hometown.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people in the United States. LoL Cat Research published an earlier post on how Toxoplasma Gondii infections result in higher suicide rates. It’s shocking to realize that parasites could be the cause behind many suicides… This is why the government needs to provide more funds for scientific research. Finding a cure is many years away, but with the suicide rate increasing as much as 16% over the past two decades, we can all agree that more must be done to not just prevent, but to understand what causes suicide.

Laser Cat’s magnitude

Having a picture like Laser Cat go viral is by no means easy. Take it from LoL Cat Research, creators of scores of meme masterpieces that have gotten some attention, but nothing like this. The kid knew how to rock it. He could’ve been a successful marketing brand creator, or perhaps a politician. It seems like the sky was the limit and the future was bright as can be.

Draven Rodriguez was interviewed on The Sean and Richie Show (107.7 WGNA – Today’s Country [SEE VIDEO BELOW]). When he tells his story, he seems to be in such great spirits. It’s so sad that he is no longer with us. “He had an empathy for the world and for other people that I think is rare in kids his age,” his dad, Jonathan Stewart, told the Times Union. “It was wonderful to see.”