Have you seen this viral photo of a goat chillin’ at a punk rock show?
Several years ago, photos of the goat calmly listening in the front row of a show by the grindcore band Wormrot went viral on the Internet, earning her the sobriquet of “Punk Rock Goat.”
The 10-year-old goat’s name was Biquette (or French for “young female goat” - so Biquette the goat roughly translates to “Goat the goat”). As if that’s not cool enough, it turned out that the goat used to “work” at a milking factory before she escaped death at a slaughterhouse when her bosses there sent her to a farm in Mauriac, south-central France. There, she hung out at the barn which doubled as a stage for some hardcore music fans.
“Seeing as the barn floor where we throw the concerts is wooden, I think that she felt the vibrations in her hooves. The majority of the time she even laid down next to the speakers,” her owner, Flo, said to Vice magazine’s Noisey. It seemed that Biquette particularly liked the Singaporean grindcore band Wormrot, which she followed like a tame dog. “When it was Wormrot’s turn to play, the goat suddenly went in front of the crowd and watched them play the whole set,” said band manager Azean Rot, “It was just chilling around the corner when other bands were playing.”
Grindcore wasn’t Biquette’s only love - according to Flo, she also drank alcohol and ate cigarette butts from the ashtrays or took lit ones from people who were smoking, both of which might have contributed to her early death in 2014.
It seemed that Biquette lived as she died - metal and hardcore. RIP Punk Rock Goat!