Thursday, July 31, 2008

LiLiPUT | Kleenex (Complete Recordings)

With the exception of the Raincoats and the Slits, LiLiPUT was really the only other viable contender to the mantle of best all-female post-punk band; and they're Swiss! If you like either of the aforementioned groups, LiLiPUT is essential listening. - Ariel

Formed in Zurich in 1978 by guitarist Marlene Marder and bassist/vocalist Klaudia Schiff, [Liliput] began with the name Kleenex until the threat of a lawsuit by corporate giant Kimberly-Clark (who had copyrighted the name Kleenex) forced them to become Liliput in 1980. Recording for the great English indie label Rough Trade, the then-Kleenex produced jumpy, aggressive, clamorous punk-noise that featured Marder's scratchy, semi-melodic guitar and Schiff's yelping vocals. Not punk rock in the fast, loud, economical sense, Liliput were forging a different kind of punk, one that was gleefully anarchic, avant-garde, unrestrained, and suffused with a giddy, almost palpable sense of joy. Listening to this music, one gets the sense that there was a near-rapturous enjoyment that went into these recordings. Their tenure at Rough Trade was short, as was their interest in exploring career options beyond Europe.
By 1982, when they released their first LP, they seemed perfectly happy remaining in Switzerland, running the band as part of numerous other artistic projects (painting, writing, etc.) they pursued. By the end of 1983, Liliput had disbanded, and the music they had recorded quickly achieved legendary, but mostly unheard, status. As for the band, they seemed destined to be relegated to the status of feminist-inspired punk rock footnote. All of this changed in 1993, when the Swiss label Off Course released a double-disc, 46-track compilation of the entire recorded output of Kleenex/Liliput. The result was one of the great reissues of the decade. Unfortunately, it went out of print shortly after its release, but Kill Rock Stars released it again in early 2001, making it more accessible than before. The exuberance and excitement of Liliput's breathtaking music can be enjoyed once again, and a band that was almost forgotten returns with some of the most artful, contemporary, truly alternative music to be recorded under the genre identifier of punk rock. Also, fans of riot grrrl rock take note: this was a tremendously influential band. Although they eschewed extreme confrontation, there is a compelling sense of self that imbues this music and lit the way for a new generation of female musicians.

[John Dougan, allmusic.com]

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12 comments:

Melvillain said...

Thanks! I can't wait to check this out.

Anonymous said...

links are dead unfortunately.

Ariel said...

So that's why no one is downloading these...

Anonymous said...

Stunning band, one of the best of the period and they still sound as wonderful as ever. You're spot-on about the "near-rapturous enjoyment" - punk as it was meant to be.

It's still available from http://www.buyolympia.com/killrockstars/Item=KRS373 - a snip at $14 + p&p. I paid twice as much back in 2001 and it was one of the best purchases I ever made.

- dave p

Anonymous said...

Me too! I paid SHITLOADS for this when it first came out! Defo worth it though, ace band... IBx

Fan Death said...

i think the link's down again. bummer - i wanted to check this out!

ALTCERF said...

Can you re-up this pls? Thanks!

aubrey hornor said...

hey! i am from kill rock stars and i wanted to let you know that we have a kickstarter up to raise the funds to get the kleenex/liliput 4LP box set released. if we don't meet our goal, we don't get any funding and we won't be able to release it. hopefully your readers can help us out and contribute what they can! it would be amazing to have this collection available to people on vinyl, don't you think?
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/killrockstars/kleenex-liliput-liliput-4lp-box?pos=3&ref=spotlight

Lorenzo said...

oh my god could you please pleeeease reupload this?

ALTCERF said...

@ Lorenzo

http://killyridolss.blogspot.com/2010/05/liliput-conplete-recordings.html

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