4/27/2010

The Cowsills

I posted a response to the an annoying thread, hoping to have a calming influence on xenophobia that continues to occupy the imagination of my country, which is Taiwan. The moderator asked me if I was related to The Cowsills, the legendary musical band of the 1960s. I explained the connection, that all Cowsills are related, and went on to explain that Cowsills cared about Taiwanese solidarity: http://truthabouttaiwan.blogspot.com/2010/03/need-for-reason-in-taiwan.html.

I knew Billy Cowsill, lead singer of The Cowsills, for several years in Vancouver when I was a student at UBC because he rented a room out from my friend Alidor's dad, just three houses down. I remember that he drove a big boat of a car, and was sometimes obliging when we bugged him to fess up anecdotes about life on the road. He was a tall, skinny man, with an inquisitive nature. He always wore jeans, a white T-shirt and a jean jacket. I doubt he would've known the first thing about Taiwan, but would have, nevertheless, offered up a friendly opinion on it. This is my favorite Cowsills song. I think it went to number two on Billboard. The TV show The Partridge Family was also based on The Cowsills:

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

not a common name, me thinks! sorry if i annoyed you with the question. i'll be you get it a lot!

Patrick Cowsill said...

You didn't annoy me. I think it's in good fun.

CreditWarrior said...

I'll tell you what's annoying. I still have a crush on Susan Cowsill but she won't answer my emails or my Facebook messages. What's up with that!!!

C

Patrick Cowsill said...

Hey Matt, tell you what I'm going to do. I'll pull some strings, based on the Cowsill name, to get you a face-to-face. It's the least I can do. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Anonymous said...

Dumb and Dumber - Lloyd's dream scene. Music: The Cowsills - The Rain, the Park, and Other Things.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_l3jIXlgcw

Patrick Cowsill said...

Dumb and Dumber is a classic. Thanks.

CreditWarrior said...

Thanks Mack,

I just want to add here that the Cowsills were the original 60's family rock band. They are a genuine music legend and perhaps the most talented family to have ever graced the planet. All the greats in the music industry swooned over them whenever they played and sang together. They were as big as the Beatles when they first stepped into the limelight.

As a journalist and a historian, I think you should put together a documentary on the Cowsills that would air on VH1, MTV and The History Channel around the world. Then, take the documentary and turn it into a screenplay for a box-office hit movie. You can do this from a personal perspective as a 'Cowsill' yourself. Fuck the Partridge Family. Why don't you show the world what a REAL family rock band was like in the 60's.

Get ahold of the love of my life Susan Cowsill and the three of us can work on this project together. Susan is in New Orleans and still singing and recording.

Let's do this!

C