Kleenex / Liliput - First Songs 2xLP (Green Vinyl)
A collection of early tracks from the egendary Swiss punk band from the late '70s. First Songs combines all the band's pre-1982 material—three KLEENEX singles, the first two LILIPUT 7-inches, and all the originally unreleased material prior to Liliput's debut LP. A split release between Mississippi, Water Wing and Kill Rock Stars.
“You can't dispute Liliput's status as pioneers of feminist art-punk. Along with fellow travelers like the Slits and the Raincoats, this (mostly) female Swiss group took advantage of punk's anything-goes attitude and created jittery, spirited pop that was both in step with the times and completely singular. The early material is a riot of exuberant energy, taking stylistic cues from peers like Gang of Four and Wire--propulsive bass, skittering pop rhythms, slashing guitars--and adding distinctive overlapping vocal patterns, which are sung, shrieked, and hiccupped in three languages and made-up dadaistic slang. More than 20 years on, it still sounds fresh.”—Lisa Gidley