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Au Pairs

Blasting into the post-punk consciousness with a tremendous debut album, the Au Pairs, fronted by lesbian-feminist Lesley Woods, played brittle, dissonant, guitar-based rock that shared political and musical kinship with the Mekons and (especially) the Gang of Four. The music was danceable, imbued with an almost petulant irony, and for a while, very hip and well-liked by critics. Unlike many bands of the day, however, the Au Pairs (at least initially) backed it up with searing, confrontational songs celebrating sexuality from a woman's perspective. Also, they took swipes at the conservative political climate sweeping England after Margaret Thatcher's election as Prime Minister. Occasionally, Woods' commitments to sexual and social politics made her sound inflexible, doctrinaire, and hectoring (especially on their OK second album). But, at first blush, the Au Pairs were a mighty intimidating proposition, able to take on so much and deliver great music in the process. After a desultory live album in 1983 (Live in Berlin), the band split up, and Woods and her bandmates have maintained a low profile. ~ John Dougan, Rovi
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Viva.. Anarchy.....
Agreed with AofA - PWaDS is their perfect album, though I may be biased from catching it in high school ha ha.

Look around - there are a few live shows on the album blogs, originally from cassettes.

Samplers - there are some good drum bits and guitar clinks to sample throughout.

Guitarists - dare to break out the stereo chorus and analog delays. If you don't saw away at chords but play sparely you can get similar sounds. These two pedals are great for that feedback from 1st LP.
My 2 cents is that I love them. Thier story would make a cool movie.
pwads is their masterpiece. . .
>> Blasting into the post-punk consciousnes s with a tremendous debut album <<

Which this isn't, though it is good. Where is 'Playing With A Different Sex'?
muff divers rule!
What about their fabulous album "Playing with a Different Sex?"
http://www.m t s u . e d u / ~ r e c o r d / d o u g a n . h t m l

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