A name you don't hear thrown around that much in postpunk fan circles, Lucrate Milk became somewhat of an obsession for me when I first heard 'em back in 2003. I've long been a fan of such late 70's/early 80's spastics as Essential Logic, Kleenex, etc., and while this French band shared a lot in common with them (punk/pop structure combined with the liberal dose of avant-splatter amidst honking sax, enigmatic vocalist Nina Childress could easily have fit in with the Rough Trade chanteuses, etc.), there was a slightly darker, screwed up element to Lucrate Milk. Something definitely was polluting their punch bowl, and the indie rock cognoscienti of the 90's seems to have ignored 'em for one reason or another, who knows, perhaps due to the low visibility of their records. They existed from 1979-1983, had a few releases on the Bondage and V.I.S.A. labels, were on a compilation of pre-Sugarcubes K.U.K.L., and put out a live tape in 1986; but info to be had was extremely scarce to say the least. Type their name into that crazy Music Map site and it generates the connection that they are appealing to fans of Chumbawamba and the Walkabouts (!?), which of course doesn't help matters much. But these days, of course, there's a My Space page, which reveals the great news that a 2CD retrospective as well as DVD will be out in March, and offers up a pile of MP3s. I'm also psyched because (thanks to Bill Zurat) I finally got a quick visual glimpse of this amazing band on a French new wave video comp he loaned me, and said clip is one sick and demented little slice of artpunk. Enjoy it on You Tube in all it's rat-sporting, syringe-wielding, teeth-painting, armpit-spraying glory. There's also an 8 minute look back and interview with members today on French TV (though damned if I know what anyone's saying except "I love you, fuck off"), and a growling dog, apparently "translated" into French subtitles talking about Lucrate Milk (and listen for the first time the name appears, it actually SOUNDS like the pooch is saying the band's name!). Finally, Ceci over at East Village Radio did a whole special in 2005 on the band, played some unreleased material and interviewed Nina, if you can find that archived somewhere (I couldn't, feel free to paste below in comments, Ceci or someone). Real Audio: "Dritte Blind Meuse", "Bocops".