“How did this music travel from Zurich to California? How was it ever made at all? It doesn’t matter what’s being played before or after the Kleenex / LiLiPUT singles, if it’s Little Richard or Frank Sinatra: the band smashes whatever context you might make for it. Kleenex / LiLiPUT was from the beginning an all-female punk group (later, a male or two briefly came and left). [...] From record to record, Kleenex/Liliput worked as if they’d walked into a wall and smiled, as if they’d just missed getting hit by a car and swore, as if they’d gone into a conversation with compassion (or sarcasm) and come out of it with sarcasm (or compassion), and then said: why not make a song out of it? They played and sang as if they didn’t know what would happen next, and didn’t care. Something would happen—it might be interesting, or it might not be.” (Greil Marcus, in his preface for Kleenex / LiLiPUT, 1986)
The diary of guitar player Marlene Marder recounts the life of Zurich’s first all-female band, lavishly illustrated and documented with photographs, posters, covers, interviews, reviews, fan mail, fanzines, lyrics from 1978 to 1983.