Cows – Taint Pluribus, Taint Unum (Treehouse) 1987. In 1987, Soul Asylum had signed to A&M and began thier slow trek towards Clinton’s inauguration. Husker Du released thier swansong Warehouse Songs and Stories and were effectively grinding to a halt due to drugs and personality issues. The Replacements had already signed to Sire, fired Bob Stinson and released Pleased To Meet Me.
People talk a lot about the waves of Minneapolis punk and that the bands above constituted a second and third wave. In 1986, Halo of Flies released thier first 7 inch. In 1987, The Cows released Taint Pluribus, Taint Unum and in 1988, the first Dope Guns and Fucking was released. The next wave was starting to appear in Minneapolis and it would be based around what would later be called the “AmRep” sound.
I was posting Treehouse Scumbait #2 when I realized that Taint Pluribus, Taint Unum is painfully out of print. Released in 1987, the Cows first work is a definite look towards the future. It is a scuzzy, spazzed out, drug-addled masterpiece (with trumpets!). From the proto-hardcore of “Mother (I Love That Bitch)” to the white noise of “Cow Jazz” and into the redneck stomp of “Car Chase”, this was just what any self-respecting midwestern weirdo needed in 1987.
The Cows, along with The U-Men were my favorite AmRep bands. They kept the freak-flag flying into the 1990′s better than anybody.
Cow Jazz/Car Chase
On Plasma Pond
Mother (I Love That Bitch)