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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 26, 1996 (1996-03-26)
RecordedJanuary 1996 (1996-01)
StudioPerma Sonic
(Minneapolis, MN)
GenreNoise rock, post-hardcore
LabelAmphetamine Reptile
ProducerTim Mac
Cows chronology
Old Gold 1989–1991
Sorry in Pig Minor
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media(7.5/10)[3]
RIP3/5 stars[2]

Whorn is the eighth album by the Minneapolis-based noise rock band The Cows.[4][5] It was released on March 26, 1996, by Amphetamine Reptile Records.


Whorn was the band's first time working with Tim Mac since their fourth album Peacetika. During the recording, Tim Mac opted for a "live sound," having the band play together as a whole instead of recording their parts individually.

Critical reception[]

The Washington Post wrote: "This Minneapolis quartet blares and bleats, its shrillness occasionally augmented by the trombone squalls of singer Shannon Selberg, whose playing is almost as atonal as his singing. The band's new Whorn is perhaps not its most abrasive work, but it's hardly mellow."[6]

Track listing[]

All tracks are written by Cows.

1."Divorcee' Moore"5:16
2."A Oven"3:41
3."The Warden"4:33
4."Mas-No Mas"2:33
5."Four Things"3:49
6."Tropic of Cancelled"3:38
7."The New Girl"5:29
8."Organized Meat"4:32
9."Massa Peel"3:23
10."A Gift Called Life"2:09

Jikan begins with a distorted sample of a Japanese woman speaking, that begins at 0:00 ends at 0:06. The sample is followed by almost 10 minutes of silence (0:06 - 10:06). After the silence, there is a brief hidden track of the band performing a faster, funkier version of "The New Girl."


Adapted from the Whorn liner notes.[7]

Release history[]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States 1996 Amphetamine Reptile CD, LP AMREP 050
Germany CD, LP ARRCD 70/013
Poland CS ARR MC 017


  1. ^ Kennedy, Patrick. "Cows: Whorn > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  2. ^ columnist (July 1996). "Cows: Whorn". RIP: 12.
  3. ^ Josephes, Jason. "Cows: Whorn". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on June 29, 2001. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  4. ^ Thompson, Dave (June 20, 2000). Alternative Rock. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 9780879306076 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Edgerton, Robin; Robbins, Ira (2007). "Cows". Trouser Press. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  6. ^ Jenkins, Mark (June 7, 1996). "COWS GRAZE ON CAUSTIC PUNK" – via www.washingtonpost.com.
  7. ^ Whorn (booklet). Cows. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Amphetamine Reptile Records. 1996.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)

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