Themes From Great Cities

It might have come to your attention that I'm not a regular poster of love and understanding, which you will just have to get used to. I will however, have bursts of creativity where I move completely randomly from post to post with no rhyme or reason. I have recently posted a few singles (7 & 12”) and the odd bootleg which have been received very well by all who visit. More of the same will continue as you, dear readers, seem to be enjoying them.

Some of the rips are my own, but many more are from other blogs and I’m just sharing the wealth. If other bloggers out there wish to share the rips from my posts, please as I do, host them yourself. To combat this, the FLAC files that are over 6 months old will be replaced with MP3 files.

Finally I am happy to re-up old posts where the link has expired. Please comment in the relevant posts comments box.



Playing With A Different Sex is an album by English post-punk band The Au Pairs, released in 1981.

Opening with the tongue in cheek "We're So Cool," The Au Pairs debut record is a stunner, from Lesley Woods' scratchy guitar and declamatory vocals to lead guitarist Paul Foad's brittle soloing. This is an uncompromising, defiant record that asks for and gives no quarter; gender roles are turned upside down, hetero and homosexual relationships put under a microscope, and theories about sex and sexuality turned inside out.
"Come Again" refers to the social pressure to achieve orgasmic equality depicting sex as a dreary ritual in which partners as joyless as lab rats press bars and nose buttons in the hopes of an orgasm as dry and quantifiable as kibble. Directed at those who changed the game and brought in new rules, it asks "Is it real? Are you feeling it?", before turning into a dialogue between the female lead and male backing who is evidently attempting to satisfy her: "Am I doing it right?" he asks, and the woman reassures him, "You're not selfish/You're trying hard to please me – please, please me/Is your finger aching?/I can feel you hesitating".
Describing the albums taut rhythms and aggressive lyrics, Playing With A Different Sex makes it a classic example of how the influence of punk could steer rock into exciting new areas. The song "Diet", originally released as a single in 1980 was described as a masterpiece of feminist rock with an almost unparalleled power and pathos. An unflinching look at the world from 35 years ago, Playing With A Different Sex is one of the great, and perhaps one of the forgotten, post-punk records. The CD reissue adds eight significant bonus cuts from 1979-1981 singles, which include different versions of tracks from the LP and some songs which didn't make it onto the album.

Taken from the long deleted CD with added 2 original crackly singles to MP3 @ 320kbps for your carnal enjoyment

Playing With A Different Sex
Track List
  01 We're So Cool
  02 Love Song
  03 Set-Up
  04 Repetition
  05 Headache for Michelle
  06 Come Again
  07 Armagh
  08 Unfinished Business
  09 Dear John
  10 It's Obvious
Reissue Bonus Tracks
  11 You
  12 Domestic Departure
  13 Kerb Crawler
  14 Diet
  15 It's Obvious (Single Version)
  16 Inconvenience (12" Version)
  17 Pretty Boys
  18 Headache for Michelle (Remix)

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