Taint Pluribus Taint Unum

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Taint Pluribus Taint Unum
Cows Taint Pluribus Taint Unum.JPG
Studio album by Cows
Released 1987 (1987)
Recorded June – July 1987 (1987-07) in Minneapolis
Genre Noise rock, post-hardcore, punk blues
Length 35:00
Label Treehouse
Producer Brian Paulson
Cows chronology
Taint Pluribus Taint Unum
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Taint Pluribus Taint Unum is the debut studio album by the Minneapolis-based noise rock band Cows, released in 1987 through Treehouse Records.[2]


The first track on the album, "Koyaanisqatsi", is a cover of the intro piece from the 1982 film of the same name.

Release and reception[edit]

The record was released for a limited time on vinyl and has since gone out of print. Unlike its successors, no songs from Taint Pluribus Taint Unum appeared on the Old Gold 1989–1991 compilation.

Allmusic staff writer John Dougan gave the album four and a half out of five stars, calling it a "The Cows at their most impenetrable and noisy" and that "fans of Japanese noise acts like The Boredoms and some of John Zorn's more extreme jazzcore outfits might think this is pretty cool."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Cows, except "Koyaanisqatsi" by Philip Glass.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Koyaanisqatsi" 2:53
2. "Cow Jazz/Car Chase" 3:40
3. "Sieve" 2:15
4. "Yellowbelly" 3:45
5. "On Plasma Pond" 2:17
6. "Redhouse" 2:35
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Carnival Ride" 2:36
2. "The Pictorial" 2:24
3. "Tourist" 3:06
4. "Summertime Bone" 2:16
5. "Mother (I Love That Bitch)" 1:43
6. "Weird Kitchen" 6:00


Adapted from the Taint Pluribus Taint Unum liner notes.[3]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States 1987 Treehouse LP TR 007


  1. ^ a b Dougan, John. "Cows: Taint Pluribus Taint Unum > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ Edgerton, Robin; Robbins, Ira (2007). "Cows". Trouser Press. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ Taint Pluribus Taint Unum (sleeve). Cows. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Treehouse Records. 1987. 

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