Growing old really is rubbish, you just say goodbye to one thing after another.
10. Tanita Tikaram - Poor Cow
Tanita's lyrics always suggested interesting stories, but left the listener to fill in the gaps. This one has a dark sting in its tail though.
9. Sonic Youth - Bull In The Heather
Actually, this one is about a racehorse. But we'll ignore that because it's Kim Gordon and the video is... nice.
8. Hoyt Axton - Wild Bull Rider
As well as being a big-hearted country singer who always brings a smile to my face, Hoyt Axton was also the dad in Gremlins. What else do you want from him?
7. The Hold Steady - Cattle & The Creeping Things
Craig Finn is an excellent storyteller. This is like listening in on a bar room conversation... an interesting one.
She said I was seeing double for three straight days after I got born again6. Steely Dan - Black Cow
It felt strange but it was nice and peaceful
It really pleased me to be around so many people
Of course half of them visions
Half of them were friends from going through the program with me
Later on we did some sexy things
Took a couple photographs and carved them into wood reliefs
Hey, but that's enough about me
Tell me how you got down here into Ybor City
It's a root beer float, apparently. Classic Dan, from Aja.
5. Morrissey - The Bullfighter Dies
The shortest song on the new Moz album will surprise no one with its exultation of "hooray hooray" as the bullfighter dies. With cheery mariachi horns and cheesy Spanish puns, it's a more enjoyable listen than Mozzer's more famous cow song, Meat Is Murder, which I always felt went a little too far (and way too long) with its hectoring soapboxing. (Sacrilege, I know.) Besides, the cows win in this one.
4. Aerosmith - Milk Cow Blues
Originally recorded by Sleepy John Estes in 1930, this has been covered by everyone from Robert Johnson to Elvis, Eddie Cochran to Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen. The Kinks adapted the song quite a bit and it's their version that Aerosmith pay homage to here.
Leave this song in Elvis Costello's fridge too long and this is what you get: Sour Milk Cow Blues.
3. Prefab Sprout - Golden Calf
Blissful romanticism, as always, from Mr. McAloon.
Once upon a time I stalked theStreets on raining evenings when the
Distant sea blended with the sky
My mouth was full of cigarettes
My hair is full of long-term bets
But you would always make me see the day
2. The Go-Betweens - Cattle & Cane
My favourite Go-Betweens track. Great guitar work and very evocative lyrics.
1. The Wonder Stuff - The Size Of A Cow
I always thought Miles Hunt sang "I'm gonna halve my problems to the size of a cow"... and that this was a positive song. Turns out it's a much more depressing: "I'm building up my problems to the size of a cow". Damn, blast!
Those were my sacred cows... which one moooooves you?