Kleenex / LiLiPUT

Live Recordings, TV-Clips and Roadmovie [DVD]

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Kill Rock Stars proves once again that they are the label when it comes to keeping classic feminist punk in print with this collection of live shows and video footage of Kleenex/Liliput, one of the more elusive yet influential bands of the punk era. KRS reissued the collection of the band’s recorded output in 2001, and with this set, they offer a complete picture of the band in the studio and on-stage. The CD portion features two concerts, one at either end of the band’s career. The Kleenex set in Biel is from 1979, about a year after the group formed, and the show is fittingly rough and raw. Along with fiery versions of “Beri-Beri” and “Ain’t You,” which show off the more purely punk side of the band’s sound, are “Nice” and “Madness,” which reaffirm that Kleenex’s pop instincts were just as sharp. Best of all for fans, though, are the previously unreleased tracks “Lust” and “Gierwally,” proof that the band was sitting on more explosive songs besides the ones that saw the light of day. The 1982 Liliput show in Zurich has quite a bit more polish, but shows that the band never gave up on their sound or ideals, despite being forced to change their name in 1980. Along with songs from the group’s self-titled album, the show features the previously unreleased “Where Do You Find the Time?” The DVD part of the set is just as illuminating, collecting the band’s 1982 tour documentary Roadmovie and live performances on Swiss TV. For anyone curious about one of the greatest all-female punk bands of the era, this collection is a must -- along with Kleenex/Liliput, of course.

Track Listing - Disc 2

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