Cowpunk was the 1980s descendant of country-rock and precursor of alt.county. New wave crossed with the countryish sensibilities of people like Gram Parsons and Doug Sahm. As the name cowpunk implies it had a harder sound than the country-rock of its predecessors.
The Silos - She Lives Up The Street I consider The Silos the link between Cowpunk and alt.country. If you're a Wilco fan definitely check out their classic 1987 debut album Cuba. The Silos were Uncle Tupelo three years before Uncle Tupelo was Uncle Tupelo.
I was never into Dash. Guess I need to check them out.
Actually, I never really heard much Cowpunk at all at the time. I couldn't afford to buy records, and little of their stuff was played on KLSU (forget the other stations). "Looking For Lewis & Clark" got played on MTV (and was a top 20 hit in England), as were "Watusi Rodeo" and maybe two or three Scorchers tracks. I specifically recall hearing "Lost Weekend" by The Beat Farmers precisely once on KLSU. They were not IDed, and I didn't find out who had done the song for 15+ years, long after Country Dick Montana had died.
Tigris Montana Fan Walmart Parking Lot Member since Jul 2005 6270 posts
re: Country + Punk = Cowpunk(Posted by Tigris on 7/5/12 at 5:48 am to Kafka)
quote: The Vulgar Boatmen - "You & Your Sister"
One of the most infectious pop songs I've heard (in a good way) and a solid album. Thanks for that one as well. Not in the same class as the Silos' Cuba but still very good driving around pop music for the car.