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Anybody else here play the genre Cow punk?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by milkman-27, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. milkman-27


    Jul 4, 2009
  2. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    I would love to... the best I get is playing along to Meat Puppets records. I love Meat Puppets II, Up on the Sun and Mirage especially.
  3. mpm32


    Jan 23, 2009
    Here's a cow punk story. A long while back I was in a punk band and we played at CBGBs quite a few times. One time we played and the band that came on after us started pulling all these hay bales on stage. When they came on, they were wearing country music suits from the 50's - fringe, white piping.

    Anyway, they started playing this twangy slow 50's 2/4 thing that went on for a a couple of minutes. We, in our leather punk gear were like, what the hell is this crap. Then the 2/4 thing stopped - singer shouted 1,2,3,4 and they ripped into this killer cow punk set, kicking the hay bales, hay flying everywhere. We ended up hanging out with them after the show.

    The bands name was Goober and the Peas. Killer drummer. Many years later I found out their drummer I was hanging out with was Jack White.

    So yeah it would be really fun to play in a cow punk band.
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  4. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
  5. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    It depends on your interpretation of "Cow Punk"
    I have been a big fan of it for a long time.
    I was in a band that played a lot of Lone Justice and Social Distortion.
    I loved it
  6. I always liked Jason and The Scorchers and the Blasters were pretty cool. Saw Hank III once in San Francisco but the crowd really ruined it for me. A bunch of people came dressed as rodeo clowns and were doing a stupid cross between square dancing and slam dancing. It kind of turned the music into a joke
  7. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    +1. I also liked Blood on the Saddle to a degree.

    I never considered the Meat Puppets to be cowpunk, but I guess some/most of the second album fits in there.

    I saw Jason and the Scorchers (well, Jason and Warner with a different rhythm section) twice in 2011 and they still kick a ton of ass. Their most recent album, Halcyon Times, is easily their best since Lost & Found.
  8. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly. Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    You could say cowpunk began with Sir Douglas and "She's About A Mover," but since at the time the idea was to cash in on the British Invasion, maybe that's a bit too much. I like Joe Ely as an early practitioner, myself. (Dig Jimmy Pettit on the bass...)
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  9. Seeing The Blasters tonight with X. Can't wait - woo hoo.
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  10. joebar


    Jan 10, 2010
    I guess you learn something everyday
    never heard of cow punk lol
  11. chilepunkbass


    Apr 15, 2013
    does social distortion count?
  12. Sounds like a great show!
  13. I forgot all about Joe Ely. He use to jam and hang out with the Clash. Joe Stummer loved him as a performer
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  14. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Definitely Jason & The Scorchers. I used to play some of their songs and I even got to sing one with Jason at a festival.

    The Rainmakers
    The Cruzados
    The Beat Farmers
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  15. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    For every genre you can think of there's at least 10 subgenres and those 10 have 10 more etc.

    To me the Blasters have always been just been rockabilly. Jason and the Scorchers same except with a little more country to it. Meat Puppets are psychedelic.

    Everyone's got their opinion I guess. Cowpunk is probably a useful marketing term for the hipsters so they don't think they are listening to their parent's music.
  16. ifallalot


    Nov 2, 2013
    Carlsbad, CA
    I love this type of music. I'm currently looking for like minded individuals
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  17. Gasman

    Gasman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    South Carolina
    My current band I guess would be considered "cow punk", or some version of electric punk and bluegrass/country. It's not my usual cup o' tea, but it's pretty fun to play and has really pushed me outside of my comfort zone. I played punk for a looong time, so it's not really the biggest stretch, but we've got a lot of vocal harmonies that I never did before in a punk band, and that's really the fun part. Plus, our original stuff is really, really fast tempo, which adds to the challenge. Songs are fun, I like the guys, so I play it!
  18. I think my un-named therapeutic punk power trio hits this genre w/an original and some covers(for example Cocaine Blues ala Cash but pretty sped-up and sloppy). Will do some research
  19. ifallalot


    Nov 2, 2013
    Carlsbad, CA
    Great song, great bassline. I miss 80s fashion as well:bag:
  20. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    "I keep my fingernails long so they click when I play the piano."

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