Hit It Big with Liliput and the Vinyl Junkie


The Vinyl Junkie & Liliput

During 1978 in the ashes of punk rock, a series of alternative, hard-edged bands such as Wire, Gang of Four and others formed to keep the edge of British punk alive in Europe. Liliput, (originally named Kleenex), became an all-female vanguard of this new wave.
The band line-up included Regula Sing on vocals; guitarist Marlene Marder (Marlene Marti); Klaudia Schiff on bass and guitar; and drummer Lislot Ha (Lieselotte Hafner). After an EP on a small Swiss label, the foursome signed to the progressive and important British cooperative label, Rough Trade, and in 1978 released their debut single, “Ain’t You.”
By 1982, armed with new vocalist Chrigle Freund, the Swiss band released their first, self-titled LP (Rough Trade 43). This extremely hard-to-find record, for sale at Silver Platters, showcases the brittle, tense, post-punk era and additionally features one of the best all-female groups that arose during and after the punk explosion. It includes such post-punk classics as “Do You Mind My Dream,” “In a Mess,” and “Feel Like Snakes, Twisting Through the Fog.”
Along with such bands as the Slits, Liliput defined female rock during the period and should not be overlooked! If you enjoy early Wire and even the more popish B-52s, you must have this record.

Dave Szatmary

Author of “Rockin’ In Time”


The Vinyl Junkie Reviews Gerry Mulligan’s “Mainstream Of Jazz”

Gerry Mulligan

The Vinyl Junkie

I want to point you to a very rare and wonderful album that has been underpriced at Silver Platters. Hopefully, it will still be in stock when you arrive. It’s a near mint copy of Gerry Mulligan & His Sextet called the “Mainstream of Jazz” on the original Emarcy label 36101.
As the jazz cognoscente know, Mulligan helped pioneer the cool school of jazz with Miles Davis on the “Birth of Cool” album and then subsequently took his piano-less quartet, featuring the great Chet Baker, from the West Coast to national stardom during the 1950s.
This LP highlights the great, innovative baritone sax of Mulligan with a different cast of sidemen, including the sax master Zoot Sims, bassist Bill Crow, drummer Dave Bailey, Bobby Brookmeyer on trombone and either the under-recorded Jon Eardley or Don Ferrara on trumpet. The sextet bops through six tunes, including “Igloo,” ”Blue at the Roots” and “Elevation.” All of the songs were recorded in New York City between January and September 1956.
Quite honestly, it doesn’t get much better than this album, if you happen to be a fan of bop and cool West Coast jazz. If you want even more material from this session, try to find the now out-of-print volumes 2 and 3 on Japanese only releases. Silver Platters might have them on CD.

Dr, Dave Szatmary

Author Of

Rockin’ In Time