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LiLiPUT were a Swiss female post-punk band active from 1978 to 1983, initially known as Kleenex, who sang songs in English and German. The group formed in Zurich, Switzerland in 1978 under the name Kleenex, with a line-up of Regula Sing (vocals), Marlene Marder (Marlene Marti, guitar), Klaudia Schiff (Klaudia Schifferle, bass, vocals), and Lislot Ha (Lieselotte Hafner, drums). After releasing an EP in Switzerland, the band were signed by Rough Trade Records and released their debut single "Ain't You" in November 1978. In early 1979, Sing left the group and was replaced by Chrigle Freund who was later replaced by Astrid Spirit (Astrid Spirig).

Second single "You" was their last under the Kleenex name as the threat of legal action by Kimberly-Clark in 1979 prompted a change of name to LiLiPUT (Kleenex being a proprietary brand in Switzerland). The band released two further singles, both of which were hits on the UK Indie Chart, before releasing their first, self-titled album in 1982. A second album, Some Songs, was released in December 1983, by which time the band had split up.

Links To Peel

Then known as Kleenex, the band released their first single, "Ain’t You”, in November 1978. The response was such that the first pressing sold out in weeks. A copy of the EP managed to get to John Peel, who fell in love with it and played it over and over for his radio listeners. Peel continued playing their tracks when record companies released compilation of the band's music after they split.

Shows Played

Kleenex - Ain't You

Kleenex - Ain't You

1978
1979
  • 10 January 1979: Hedi's Head (Single) Rough Trade (under the name of Kleenex)
  • 17 January 1979: Ain’t You (7”) Rough Trade (under the name of Kleenex)
  • 05 April 1979: You (7") Rough Trade (under the name of Kleenex)
  • 05 April 1979: Ü (7") Rough Trade (under the name of Kleenex)
  • 19 April 1979: You (7") Rough Trade (under the name of Kleenex)
  • 30 April 1979: Ü (Friendly Side) (single) Rough Trade (under the name of Kleenex)
  • 14 May 1979: You (7") Rough Trade (under the name of Kleenex)
  • 18 December 1979: Ain’t You (7”) Rough Trade (under the name of Kleenex)
Liliput - Split

Liliput - Split

1980
1981
1983
1984
1988
1989
1992
1993
  • 04 September 1993: ‘Ü (Various Artists LP - Lipstick Traces)’ (Rough Trade) (under the name of Kleenex)
  • 10 September 1993 (BFBS): Ü (Angry Side) (v/a album - Lipstick Traces) Rough Trade (under the name of Kleenex)
2001

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