Friday, 23 May 2014

Liliput - Split

Switzerland's finest musical export on the blog today. Formed in 1978 in Zurich, Kleenex were an inventive  all female post punk band who's self titled ep caught the attention of John Peel and then Rough Trade who promptly signed them up. A couple of great singles ( Ain't You/Hedi's Head, You/U) came out under their original moniker before the threat of legal action from tissue company Kimberly-Clark forced a change of name to Liliput. Undeterred they put out a couple more singles before unleashing their wonderful self titled 1982 debut album. Unfortunately by the time the following year's Some Songs album came out the band had parted ways. There'd been numerous line up changes throughout the band's history but tiring of touring and then the pregnancy of vocalist Astrid Spirig brought things to an end. There's a great compilation of their material that was released in the 90's that you should track down. There's several songs I could post here but I'll choose one of the tracks on a single that took pride of place in my collection back in the day, if you want to sing along the lyrics are below, this is Split........

Hotch-potch, Hugger-mugger, Bow-wow, Hara-kiri, Hoo-poo, Huzza,
Hicc-up, Hum-drum, Hexa-pod, Hell-cat, Helter-skelter, Hop-scotch

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