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June 19, 2016 8:39 PM   Subscribe

Cats on Amps.

A little context.
posted by Existential Dread (24 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
 
Because cats are almost never warm enough, it seems...
posted by ivanthenotsoterrible at 9:01 PM on June 19, 2016


My cat goes up to eleven.
posted by Greg_Ace at 9:42 PM on June 19, 2016 [3 favorites]


I have no idea how these people got their cats onto these amps or why.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:26 PM on June 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


"cats on amps n cats on amps" is the beat behind most house music, nu?
posted by gusandrews at 11:28 PM on June 19, 2016 [4 favorites]


It's not the volts cats that kill you …
posted by Pinback at 11:47 PM on June 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


Apparently it was never the LHC we had to worry about ending the world. The thing we should be fearing is a Schrödinger's cat trying to sits on The Edge's amp while he's playing his infinite guitar effects.
posted by Fiberoptic Zebroid and The Hypnagogic Jerks at 11:55 PM on June 19, 2016


"cats on amps n cats on amps" is the beat behind most house music, nu?

Beef in boots and a beefy bison?
posted by aubilenon at 12:51 AM on June 20, 2016 [2 favorites]


Maybe these pics are the album covers for their kitty rock bands.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 4:24 AM on June 20, 2016


My first thought on seeing this was "What is the platonic ideal of a cat amp?, What tone could convey/match that depthless level of zen indifference?" Took a bit of scrolling, but I found it, Roland Jazz Chorus! (with bonus photobombing doge!)
posted by threecheesetrees at 4:57 AM on June 20, 2016


I'm surprised not to see this here previously, but:

Cats on Synthesizers in Space
posted by Foosnark at 6:01 AM on June 20, 2016 [1 favorite]


This is why they play with amps: cats on subwoofers.
posted by JohnFromGR at 6:06 AM on June 20, 2016 [3 favorites]


JC-120 is solid state.....no tubes, no kitty warmth
posted by thelonius at 6:18 AM on June 20, 2016


oooh! Cult of the Dunlop Jazz III
posted by thelonius at 6:43 AM on June 20, 2016


I have no idea how these people got their cats onto these amps or why.

True story ... I played bass in a cover band in college and the house where we practiced included several cats. One practice time during a break one of the cats crawled into my open-bottomed speaker cabinet, unbeknownst to any of us. When we returned and hit the first note that cat shot out of the cabinet like its tail was on fire!
posted by ZenMasterThis at 6:43 AM on June 20, 2016 [3 favorites]


I know one thing: either those amps are off, or the cats are deaf.
posted by panglos at 7:37 AM on June 20, 2016




When I first started playing guitar I noticed that scraping my pick along the frets between two strings would clear any animals out of the room. Now the cats barely lift their heads. It still works on the fucking chihuahua. So I got that going for me, which is nice.
posted by Ber at 8:19 AM on June 20, 2016 [2 favorites]


"cats on amps n cats on amps" is the beat behind most house music, nu?

no, it's BOOTS CATS BOOTS CATS BOOTS CATS BOOTSBOOTSBOOTBOOTS CATS
posted by poffin boffin at 8:42 AM on June 20, 2016 [4 favorites]


What is the platonic ideal of a cat amp?, What tone could convey/match that depthless level of zen indifference?

For me, it would have to be some kind of fluff-monster on an Orange, with the riff from Dopesmoker presumably blaring through it. Here's a couple candidates.
posted by Existential Dread at 9:19 AM on June 20, 2016


Can I see a mog on a Moog please?
posted by maryr at 9:36 AM on June 20, 2016 [2 favorites]


It's not the volts cats that kill you …

Though they are impressively fluffy ...
posted by jamjam at 9:43 AM on June 20, 2016


What is the platonic ideal of a cat amp?, What tone could convey/match that depthless level of zen indifference?

High-decibel yowls of ear-bending feedback.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 9:44 AM on June 20, 2016


Metafilter: It still works on the fucking chihuahua.
posted by neckro23 at 10:05 AM on June 20, 2016 [3 favorites]


The two links in the FPP are actually by different people. From my understanding, good friend (and mefite) cinchel started the Cats On Amps tumblr years ago. Then these two guys did the instagram version that they leveraged into tons of shirts, a mug, a kickstarter for a calendar, press in Wired, etc. It's hard to get too worked up over cats on amps, I guess, but a bit of permission/attribution/etc from those guys would've been nice.
posted by naju at 11:33 AM on June 20, 2016 [4 favorites]


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