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The Au Pairs were a post-punk band who formed in Birmingham, UK in 1979. Musically they were very similar to bands such as Ludus, Gang of Four and Delta 5. That is, the rhythm section was tight and funky (obvious influences were James Brown and Funkadelic), but the guitars were light and "scratchy" (like Subway Sect). All these bands shared a strongly left wing social outlook, but the Au Pairs stood out due to their…

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  • Bass is always on point.
  • the BEST !!!
  • Really, really love this band. Drastic Plastic's vinyl reissue of Playing With A Different Sex is amazing.
  • Even as a huge fan of Wire, Mekons and Gang of Four, somehow I'd missed out on Au Pairs until I bought 'Stepping Out of Line' as a blind purchase. It's turned out to be my favorite music pick up of the year so far. It's hard to believe they aren't better known, considering they are accessible, energetic, technically proficient, have a strong lead singer, but still have a distinct style and point of view. Now that I know their music, I wouldn't mistake them for any other band. Thirty years on, they sound fresh. TL;DR - Fucking bad ass, get it!
  • lovely stuff
  • playing with a different sex has pretty much the coolest basslines i've ever heard
  • No fun
  • this is really fucking good
  • Fucking need their vinyl.

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