Origin: Montréal, Québec
Aut'Chose is a Canadian garage rock group from Montreal, Quebec, first active in the 1970s. They are most noted for receiving a Juno Award nomination for Most Promising New Group at the Juno Awards of 1976.
Led by poet Lucien Francœur, the band's original lineup featured a rotating collective of musicians including Pierre-André Gauthier, Jacques Racine, Mick Gauthier, Jacques Lalumière and Jean-François St-Georges. The original lineup released three albums, Prends une chance avec moé (1974), Une nuit comme une autre (1975) and Le cauchemar américain (1976).
The band broke up in 1976, just weeks after the release of their third album Le cauchemar américain. The compilation Chaud comme un juke-box was released in 1977 in France, and the compilation Encore was released in 1981 in Canada.
Francœur continued to record and perform as a solo artist, and became most noted for "Le Rap-à-Billy", which was credited as the first French Canadian rap single. Featuring Francœur rapping over a hybrid funk-rockabilly track, the song was also a precursor to the rap rock genre that would emerge a decade later. He also continued to publish work as a poet, winning the Prix Émile-Nelligan in 1983 for his poetry collection Les Rockeurs sanctifiés.
In 2004, Francœur revived the band for a 30th anniversary show. Original members Francœur and Racine were supported by Michel Langevin and Denis D'Amour of Voïvod, Vincent Peake of Groovy Aardvark and Joe Evil of Grimskunk. The same lineup recorded a reunion album, Chansons d’épouvante, in 2005.
All four of their studio albums and a concert DVD were rereleased in 2014 as the box set Chaud comme un jukebox, L'Intégrale, and the band have performed occasional reunion shows since its release.