Power Pop Legends Milk ‘n’ Cookies Return for July Gigs


NYC area band was a contemporary of Ramones, Blondie and others.

By Blurt Staff

Back in the early to mid ‘70s, Milk ‘n’ Cookies was among THE most-likely-to… power pop bands, having formed on Long Island and going on to be a key player on the NYC club scene as epitomized by Max’s Kansas City and CBGB. The group comprised Jay Weiss (soon replaced by Sal Maida), Justin Strauss, Ian North and Mike Ruiz, and their hi-nrg yet tuneful sound not only captured the imagination of fanzine writers all over the land, it also caught the ear of the manager of Sparks, who hooked them up with producer Muff Winwood. An album for Island was cut, although only the “Little, Lost and Innocent” single was released, and by the end of the decade the group was toast. (A proposed live album was also recorded at CBGB in ’76.)

More recently, though, in 2005 the group reunited to play a Brooklyn power pop festival, with their lone album eventually being exhumed for release in 2008 on RPM. Burger Records also stepped in to release the CBGB set on cassette. Since then there have been occasional sightings, and now comes word that a pair of summer concerts are looming.

The original foursome will be playing at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right on July 3rd (details HERE), followed by an appearance a few days later at Burger Records’ big Burger Boogaloo bash in Oakland (details HERE). You’d be a schmuck to pass up a chance to see the band if you are in the vicinity of either event.

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Captured Tracks, incidentally, released the 7″ “Not Enough Girls”/”Nots” for this year’s Record Store Day, and it is already a collector’s item.

Check out that MnC gem for the deep dark past below:


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