|Img Capt:||The band's star painted on the side of the First Avenue in Minneapolis|
|Origin:||Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA|
|Genre:||Noise rock, punk rock, experimental, blues|
Amphetamine Reptile Records
|Associated Acts:||Heroine Sheiks|
|Current Members:||Shannon Selberg|
|Past Members:||Norm Rogers|
David van der Steen
Cows (also referred as The Cows) were a noise rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The band formed in 1987 and disbanded in 1998. They were known for a unique mixture of punk rock and blues played with large amounts of noise and surreal humour; their music is often considered noise rock.
Their CD releases are often difficult to find, as most of them are out of print, with the exception of Whorn and Orphan's Tragedy. Some of their albums, such as their debut album, Taint Pluribus Taint Unum, were never released in CD format.
The band was notorious for their raucous live performances. Acts the band have performed onstage include kicking people in the front row, spitting on the stage, throwing the microphone stand into the crowd, throwing food at the crowd, drawing on themselves, among others. 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."