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Minneapolis, United States (1987 – 1998)

Cows were a band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, formed in 1987 and disbanded in 1998, notorious for their raucous live performances.

The original line-up consisted of lead singer Shannon Selberg, who later took up the bugle, guitarist Thor Eisentrager, bass guitarist Kevin Rutmanis, and drummer Sandris Rutmanis (soon to be replaced by Norm Rogers). The band had a hardcore sound characterized by blurred guitars, however the Cows took the formula a step further, creating a unique and unconventional style.

Stripping away anything that remotely resembled pop - including melody and catchy hooks and riffs - the Cows offered punk rock in its crudest form. John Dougan in All Music Guide described the group’s distorted sound as “a feral racket that sounded as is if the guitars were being played with metal files”. Lyrically, their songs dealt with just about anything, from losers in life to sex and bodily fluids. And Selberg’s shrieking vocal style and general lunacy on stage provided the Cows with a bizarre, yet often engaging focus.

In 1987, the Cows released their debut album, Taint Pluribus, Taint Unum, landing a record deal with Amphetamine Reptile for the release of their second LP, Daddy Has A Tail. And by the time Cunning Stunts arrived in 1992, critics began to cite improvements.

However, while the Cows exhibited a more solid playing technique and greater songwriting focus, they stayed true to their punk roots and anti-commercial stance.

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  • Krabbjuice

    Cunning Stunts is stunning, cunts.

    14 Jun 3:42pm Reply
  • thekidwiththefa

    can someone hook me with their cows collection? i'm having a hard time finding stuff and i lost all of mine somehow a while back :(

    16 Feb 2:08am Reply
  • veneperkele

    Not really a pure noise-rock band, but still quite interesting.

    17 Jan 7:27pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Sad. Tool's fans have a reputation for shitting on their (generally awesome) supporting acts, but actually throwing stuff at the band is definitely crossing the line.

    5 Jan 9:59am Reply
  • mefurgly

    http://dropd.com/issue/30/Tool/ <-- skip to the 4th paragraph. I was there and it was actually way worse than described. Two thousand people yelling "Faggot!" and throwing everything at their disposal, it was beyond unnerving. I've never seen a band take such shit and handle it with such defiance.

    2 Jan 2:28am Reply
  • MathianSim

    Google this band & you get PETA propaganda.

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    One of the best. If for any reason anyone reading this is just discovering the Cows and wondering if anything the guys got into after they broke up was anywhere near as good, check out the Heroine Sheiks! They were a great band and were also sadly underappreciated during their time on this miserable planet.

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Wondermoose

    So underrated.....

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • yapooos

    Still wish I had that time machine...

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • PlzDontBan

    bulls

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • mefurgly

    Miss this band!!!

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • GiaNXGX

    funniest shit i've sampled in a while

    21 Jul 2013 Reply
  • AcidPoliceUH

    kid (noise) rock

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
  • bEATWEAKer

    What my friend just said v v

    5 Mar 2013 Reply
  • yapooos

    I wish I had a time machine so I could go back in time and see these guys live.

    27 Feb 2013 Reply
  • bEATWEAKer

    @ other bands, why even try to compare to this? F'off with that goddamn jargon.

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • El_Grml

    cant stop loving 90s rock.

    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • suddenoak

    mooo

    31 Dec 2012 Reply
  • werewolfsemen

    stick with the PRF, billy bilbo.

    14 Nov 2012 Reply
  • BillSwansea

    Is that the Cows? No? Okay.

    6 Oct 2012 Reply
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