FORMED in Blarney, County Cork, in 1986, A Cow In the Water were an integral part of the Cork live music scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s and were popular on the nation’s live circuit.
Aidan O’Connell, John O’Shea, Dion Harley, John Mollaghan, and Rory Looney were renowned for their over-the-top, at times bizarre stage shows. These could include special effects, elaborate sets, strange costumes, and even inflated rubber gloves used to simulate cows’ udders. The band combined hard-driven guitar rock with brass overtones to produce a genuinely original and quirky sound.
Between 1989 and 1992, the Cows released a number of EPs on their own label, ‘Cow Music’, distributed through Comet Records. The band’s debut release, Zodiac Vomit, in 1989, received a positive response and included live favourite ‘Beri Beri’.
During this period, they produced a number of self-released live cassette EPs, capturing the essence of their sound, and were also working on their eagerly awaited debut long player, which was being recorded with the late Dennis Herlihy at the controls, in Knapps Square studios, Cork.
However, in 1996, Aidan O’Connell, the band’s charismatic frontman, sadly passed away, effectively calling an end to over 10 years of recording and live performance. On the 10th anniversary of Aidan’s death and in tribute to him, the band remastered and released their posthumous LP, Hitchhikers may be Escaping Inmates, and held a memorial concert in the Pine Lodge, Myrtleville, where they were joined by a succession of Cork bands and musicians.
1. Break My Bones
2. Dirty Basterds
3. I Want to Hit Him (Released for Donald Trump)
4. Woods (Musical adaption of a Poem By Robert Frost)
5. Anger in My Drink E