Last year, England's RPM record label reissued a great album by a little-known American bubblegum glam band called Milk'n'Cookies. Upon reading a review that I'd written when the disc came out, a friend of mine told me that as a teenager he'd owned a cassette of the band playing live at CBGB. Recently, he found the tape and passed it along to me.
Milk'n'Cookies formed in Woodmere, Long Island, in 1973. They were discovered by Sparks producer John Hewlet, who recruited ex-Roxy Music bass player Sal Maida. The band went to England in 1974 to record an album for Island with Muff Winwood, who had produced Kimono My House for Sparks. After their first single "Little, Lost And Innocent" was released in February of 1975, Island shelved the full-length. The album remained unreleased for over a year, then Sire signed the band and finally put it out. They recorded demos of three more songs, but they never finished another album. Guitarist and songwriter Ian North went on to form a new wave band called Radio. Their video for "Only Love Is Left Alive" was played a few times in the early days of MTV. Sal Maida went on to play with Sparks and the Runaways, as well as other Kim Fowley projects.
The following is a full-length Milk'n'Cookies live performance, recorded at CBGB in either 1975 or 1976. The set runs about 40 minutes, and unfortunately the tape runs out abruptly before the end of the last song. Huge thanks go out to Steve K. for digging this cassette out of his personal collection. Click the links for MP3s:
"Chance To Play"
"Just A Kid"
"Little, Lost And Innocent"
"On The Outs"
"The Last Letter"
"Buy This Record"
"Not Enough Girls (In The World)"
"We Go On Dancing"
"Girls And Gangs"
The flip side of the tape contains the 1976 Trans-Oceanic Trouser Press Of The Air radio broadcast of the self-titled Milk'n'Cookies album, which at that point remained unreleased. The program begins with the WGTD-FM DJ's introduction to the program and Ira Robbins' brief interview with Ian North, which you can listen to here (MP3).