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Ian North
Background information
Born(1952-03-24)March 24, 1952
Brooklyn, New York, United States
OriginNew York City, United States
DiedFebruary 28, 2021(2021-02-28) (aged 68)
GenresPunk rock, protopunk, hard rock, new wave, synthpop, electronica
Occupation(s)Musician, producer, painter
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar, bass guitar
Years active1971–2021
LabelsIsland Records, Polydor, Jet Records, Aura Records, Cherry Red

Ian North (March 24, 1952 – February 28, 2021) was an American musician, producer, and painter known for being part of the bohemian punk movement in United States with his power pop band Milk 'N' Cookies.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Ian North was born in Brooklyn, New York, United States.[2] He grew up in Long Island. He received his first guitar at age 12, but being virtually tone deaf, could not play any songs other than those he composed.[3] In 1970, he slowly started to get serious about his artwork.

Milk 'N' Cookies[edit]

In 1973, North formed a power pop and glam outfit called Milk 'N' Cookies along with Justin Strauss on vocals, Jay Weiss (replaced by Sal Maida, later in Roxy Music and Sparks) on bass and Mike Ruiz on drums (later in Paul Collins' Beat).[4] While the album's release was initially delayed and largely ignored upon release, it has subsequently become a cult classic.[vague][5] After its reissue in 2005, the band headlined the Radio Heartbeat festival in 2007 without North.[6] As younger bands that now claim Milk 'n' Cookies as an influence have gained in popularity, like Nobunny[7] and Cheap Time,[8] the band has garnered even more attention. In 2016, Captured Tracks released a 3xLP Milk 'N' Cookies boxset which included a book of liners featuring notes by members of Sonic Youth, Ramones, and Blondie.

British punk and new wave scene: Radio and Neo[edit]

After the split of Milk 'N' Cookies, North moved to England and formed Radio with Sparks bassist Martin Gordon and the Simon brothers, Paul and Robert. That group transformed to Neo after Gordon's departure (he joined Radio Stars) and changed line-ups, with North being the only remaining member until 1979,[9] when his visa ended and he returned to New York. The same year, twelve Neo tracks were released in Britain by Aura Records as a North solo album, titled Neo.[10]

Return to US and solo career[edit]

Back in New York, North took to newly affordable synth technology and recording equipment, first on his debut full-length album as a solo artist, My Girlfriend's Dead, and then on his Rape of the Orchids EP.[11] During this time he also produced material for The Fast; he also filled in as the band's bassist in the music videos for their songs "Kids Just Wanna Dance" and "Love Me Like a Locomotive". From 1983 to 1993, North worked sporadically on the album Torch Songs & Arson. While the label originally slated to release the album folded in the decade over which it was created, it has since been made available for free download.[12] In 2009, North ended the longest period of musical inactivity in his life, releasing the 12-song album, E Z Listening For Suicides, under the moniker "Darkjet".


North died in Sarasota Florida following complications from a heart attack on February 28, 2021.[13] He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Mooshi Chapel and four children, including artist Sammy thrashLife.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "TrouserPress.com :: Ian North". Trouserpress.com. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Albums by Ian North: Discography, songs, biography, and listening guide - Rate Your Music". Rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Neo - A Punk History with Pictures". Punk77.co.uk. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  4. ^ "milk 'n' cookies ian north". Fredpopdom.free.fr. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  5. ^ "MILK N' COOKIES | Captured Tracks". Capturedtracks.com. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Radio Heartbeat Pop Fest Starts Today". Victimoftime.com. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Nobunny 'Motorhead with Me!'". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Cheap Time". Intheredrecords.com. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  9. ^ "B". Badcatrecords.com. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Discography - Neo, Ian North". Jage.jp. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  11. ^ "RPM Records : Ian North". Archived from the original on 5 January 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  12. ^ "ian north | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Myspace.com. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Ian North of Milk N' Cookies has died". Brooklynvegan.com. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  14. ^ "Die, Flannel Shirts, Die! Why wearing boring clothes is wrong. | Darkjet". Darkjet.com. Retrieved 5 October 2015.

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