Premiere: The Suburbs revisit 'Cows'


The Suburbs perform in The Current studio, 2017.
The Suburbs perform in The Current studio, 2017. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
The Suburbs - Cows (2018)
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With their current lineup, Minnesota music legends the Suburbs are sounding tighter than ever. They've decided to revisit some of their classic songs, and two of them will be released on a vinyl 45 coming out as they take the stage at First Avenue this coming Friday, May 18. We're pleased to present the online premiere of their new version of "Cows," which originally appeared on their 1980 debut album In Combo.

In a press release, the band explain what's behind the new recordings.

The Suburbs are releasing a limited edition collectors vinyl 45 this spring: it's a brand new recording of some very old songs, "Cows" and "Baby Heartbeat," performed by the new incarnation of the Suburbs featuring Stevie Brantseg and Jeremy Ylvisaker on guitars; Steve Price on bass; Janey Winterbauer singing supporting vocals; and Max Ray, Rochelle Becker, and Stephen Kung on horns. This band has been performing together since the release of the Suburbs' first 21st century recording, Si Sauvage, and their latest release, the critically acclaimed Hey Muse.

Founding members Chan and Hugo had this to say about this new release: "Yes, the original recordings of these songs from our first album, In Combo, are classics and worthy of repeated spins still. And of course all respect and love to Bruce, Beej, and Michael. But after playing these and other great old songs live for a few years now with these amazing musicians, Hugo and I were compelled to record them again. To us, they sound new and different and fresh and exciting. And we couldn't think of a better way to present them to you than on a rich-sounding vinyl 45. We hope you agree."

This special "for-the-fans" vinyl 45 will first be available for sale at the band's May 18th appearance at First Avenue in Minneapolis. The Suburbs have played an annual blow-out at this legendary club since the early eighties. Be sure to order your tickets now as these shows are perennial sell-outs.

These new recordings of classic 'Burb tunes are only two of a dozen specially curated "hits" from the band's late '70s and '80s output, re-made with the new members in hi-fidelity sound. Besides celebrating the new line-up, why re-record these songs now? After being approached for years by film and TV producers asking for the rights to use the band's tunes, and being thwarted by the red tape from Universal Music which holds the original master recordings, Chan and Hugo decided to simply re-record the tunes and make them now available for use. The band never signed away their song publishing rights. Already the band has been able to supply their immensely catchy music to the Super Bowl and other NFL sports broadcasts, been approached by Netflix and had a handful of advertising agencies calling, giving the music newer and wider circulation and more importantly keeping the legacy of this legendary Minneapolis band alive.

Enter below for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Friday's show, with a copy of the single to flaunt to your friends.

Enter The Current's Suburbs 45 giveaway

Use this form to enter The Current's Suburbs 45 giveaway between 9:45 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 and 10:00 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

Two (2) winners will each receive two (2) admissions to the Suburbs concert at First Avenue on May 18 and one (1) copy of the "Cows"/"Baby Heartbeat" 45 vinyl single. Three (3) backup names will be drawn.

Prize retail value: $58.00

We will contact the winners on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Winners must accept by 10 a.m. CDT on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

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