"Needs more cowbell!"
November 17, 2011 7:52 AM   Subscribe

Yup. Yes. That's what it is. You betcha.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:59 AM on November 17, 2011

I know a lot of musicians say audiences are much more interested and engaged in classic americana in Europe but this is just RIDICULOUS!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:01 AM on November 17, 2011

I wonder how they'd react to hip hop?
posted by birdhaus at 8:14 AM on November 17, 2011

It's interesting that in the first video the cows are *very* alert. Those aren't cows that are wondering if you are about to feed them. The ears are forward and they are all staring.

In the second video not so much. Unfortunately, due to lack of a control group, it's impossible to tell if that's because they are used to it now or because the musicians turned around.
posted by DU at 8:22 AM on November 17, 2011

posted by glaucon at 8:23 AM on November 17, 2011

Sorry: http://www.metafilter.com/107528/Do-They-Like-Miles-Davis
posted by glaucon at 8:26 AM on November 17, 2011

Apologies for the double, feel free to remove.
posted by Fizz at 8:41 AM on November 17, 2011

Looks like these are in fact unrelated cows to what's in the earlier post. Did something change with what was at the first link in that older post?
posted by cortex at 9:11 AM on November 17, 2011

Yeah, the first link is now dead, but the first link in the previous post was the same as the first link in this post.

I don't know if this means anything, but as the OP of the first post I'm fine keeping this one up, despite my earlier note. Especially since the first link in mine has been removed and is unavailable.
posted by glaucon at 9:23 AM on November 17, 2011

*the first link from my original post is now dead...
posted by glaucon at 9:24 AM on November 17, 2011

I am less confused now. But, hell, I've already brought the thing back to life. Might as well let it live. COWS FOR EVERYBODY.
posted by cortex at 9:33 AM on November 17, 2011 [6 favorites]

I find most herd animals will be attracted towards strange noises, particularly music. I don't know why. I sang the nyan cat song to some Llamas we own that don't even like people very much and they started coming up to me. Maybe some of the notes in music remind them of their young's calls?
posted by melissam at 9:46 AM on November 17, 2011

Cow #1: "Hey Earl, check it out. They're making some noise. I dare you to go over there and moo at them. It'll be hilarious."
Cow #2: "I don't know. Isn't that a little cliche? You know..mooing at them."
Cow #1: "Just do it. It's funny."
posted by Fizz at 10:16 AM on November 17, 2011 [3 favorites]

These videos need Far Side captions.
posted by the painkiller at 10:39 AM on November 17, 2011 [2 favorites]

Why a Far Side Caption generator isn't in existence is beyond me. Someone needs to get on that.
posted by Fizz at 10:56 AM on November 17, 2011 [1 favorite]

As an audience, they're very hard to read.
posted by doctor_negative at 11:20 AM on November 17, 2011

CC. . . . OO ... OO WW.......WW
CC. . . . OO ... OO WW .W..WW
CC. . . . OO ... OO WWW.WWW
posted by joelf at 12:07 PM on November 17, 2011

That light brown guy in the front is a huge fan. He was center stage before it even started.
posted by mannequito at 1:12 PM on November 17, 2011

posted by Jofus at 3:01 PM on November 17, 2011 [2 favorites]

God, I'm so sorry.
posted by Jofus at 3:01 PM on November 17, 2011

Strange, lovely creatures.

The humans, that is.
posted by zennie at 3:05 PM on November 17, 2011

I wonder if they were inspired by this guy.
posted by gubo at 6:54 PM on November 17, 2011

Longtime reader me, now finally inspired to create an account and comment on something, because I really want to add to this discussion.

I play the highland bagpipe, and have discovered exactly the same thing as these gents. The first time was on Islay on the west coast of Scotland, when I innocently played next to a field full of cows. It was surprising and then hilarious when they all came *running* over to have a listen. When I'd finished they seemed to understand that that was it, and they peacefully ambled back over to where they'd come from.

Since then I've played for cows at every opportunity, and they always come to listen, all over the UK and Ireland. I have yet to play for continental (non English-speaking?) cows, but will get around to it one day.

(I even played once for a field full of cows while standing on the roof of a narrow-boat, going at walking pace along a canal. After a little while I had a trail of cows following the boat, pied-piper style. Just uploaded this video to prove it.)
posted by illongruci at 4:00 AM on November 18, 2011 [2 favorites]

Very interesting, illongruci. Does it work for sheep, too? (I'd imagine they'd run the other way.)
posted by zennie at 3:48 PM on November 18, 2011

No, you're right. Sheep always run away.
posted by illongruci at 7:19 AM on November 20, 2011 [1 favorite]

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