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“A feral racket that sounded as is if the guitars were being played with metal files.” (John Dougan, All Music Guide)

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Minneapolis, MN based band which was active from 1987 to 1998. Their most acclaimed album is 1992 “Cunning Stunts”.

Cows were well-known for their live performances, which included acts like kicking people in the front row, spitting on the stage and throwing food at the audience. They have a star in the First Avenue in Minneapolis.

Members:

Freddy Votel

Kevin Rutmanis (Fantomas Melvins Big Band, Teenage Larvae, Tomahawk)

Norm Rogers (Jayhawks)

Shannon Selberg (Heroine Sheiks)

Thor Eisentrager

Tony Oliveri (God Bullies)

Fun Facts

– Most of their material is out of print

– Lead singer Shannon Selberg’s trademark is that he has a tattoo illustrating the game Hangman on his body that reads “F_CK” and another tattoo of an anchor with the word “DAD” on top of it.

– One reviewer wrote about the band’s shows, “I have no doubt that The Cows know how to play their instruments. What I don’t understand is why they refuse to tune them.”

Discography:

Taint Plumbus Taint Unum (1987)

Chow 7″ (1988)

Daddy Has A Tail (1989)

Slap Back 7″ (1990)

Effete & Impudent Snobs (1990)

Peacetika (1991)

Peacetika / Daddy Has A Tail (1991)

Plowed 7″ EP / CD-EP (1992)

Woman Inside 7″ (1992)

Cunning Stunts LP / CD (1992)

Sexy Pee Story (1993)

Cow Island 7″ (1994)

Orphan’s Tragedy LP / CD (1994)

Erase Yer Head No.2 (Split with Headcleaner) (1994)

Old Gold 1989-1991 (1995)

Whorn LP / CD (1996)

Sorry In Pig Minor (1998)

The Missing Letter Is You EP (1998)

Orpheus Travesty (1998)

Compilation Tracks:

Chasin’ Darla” on Crunchouse (Glitterhouse Records, 1989)

Almost A God” on Dope, Guns-‘N’-F—ing In The Streets Volume 1-3 (Amphetamine Reptile, 1989)

Danny Is A Faggot” on Scumbait #1 (Treehouse Records, 1989)

Cartoon Coral” on Dope, Guns & F—ing Up Your Video Deck (Amphetamine Reptile / Atavistic, 1990)

Good Cop” on Endangered Species (Glitterhouse Records, 1990)

Big Mickey” on Ugly American Overkill (Amphetamine Reptile Europe, 1991)

You Are So Beautiful” on Amphetamine Reptile – Peel Sessions (Dutch East India Trading / Strange Fruit, 1992)

How Dry I Am” on Amphetamine Reptile – Peel Sessions (Dutch East India Trading / Strange Fruit, 1992)

Hitting The Wall” on Dope, Guns & F—ing Up Your Video Deck #2 (Amphetamine Reptile / Atavistic, 1992)

Videos:

Allergic To Myself

Cartoon Corral

Heave Ho

Hitting The Wall

Sugar Torch