This is a picture of Nina Childress from LUCRATE MILK. I first came across the band’s music in 2005 via a CD-R found by Brian Turner from WFMU, and wrote up this short piece here. No, there never was a “France 1981” album ā€“ and amazing to think how little there was on the band online in 2005, and how much there is now.


A super-obscurity dug up by master digger Brian over at WFMU. Information is plentiful online regarding LUCRATE MILK, but the problem is it’s all in French, and I can’t do French. Those “instant translation” services aren’t quite up to the job yet either, so I’ll tell you what I can gander just from listening to the music. If Lora Logic and Poly Styrene had been charter members of the early ½ JAPANESE, they might’ve sounded something like this – disjointed, fractured riffs & splayed avant-sound all over the place, accented by a pumping saxophone making an annoyance of itself in the background. Though I have been able to figure out that they played live with THROBBING GRISTLE, their sound wasn’t quite as extreme nor off-putting. No, it really does remind me of “½ Gentlemen Not Beasts” or “Loud” with female vocals – and while it is probably French being sung, it could be Finnish or Flemish or Farsi. It’s pretty wacked. And it’s very likely that the title of the LP – if there was an LP – is not “France 1981”. A near-mystery band for now, but one I can see crate diggers busting a nut over during the next couple of collecting seasons.

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