• kleenex Kleenex (7", £4.55)

    label: for us

    for us records - the label of rough trade shops - reissues the classic debut kleenex single. the four track 7" was originally released in 1978 in switzerland on sunrise records and later picked up by rough trade and released as rt009. this reissue 7" comes in a folded 14x14" inch sized poster sleeve. you can't disputekleenex'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 post punk / punk's anything-goes attitude and created jittery, spirited pop that was both in step with the times and completely singular. their sound was built on a 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 30 years on, it still sounds fresh and groundbreaking.

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