It’s funny reviewing a record that came out before I was born. But with that being said, this record still holds up and could probably be passed off as something new. Everyone playing the post-punk thing today seems to be compared to either Joy Division or Gang Of Four. Those bands were great, but those kinds of lazy comparisons leave out true gems like this one. Playing with a Different Sex has a very bass-heavy, dance, and punk feel. The bass on this record makes me think that Jane Munro (bassist/singer) is the fidgety type who can’t sit still and dances for an entire set. Just listen to, “It’s Obvious” and you’ll see what I mean. They do minimal in a clever sort of way that proves that less is more. There is a broad mix of themes in their songs that deal with gender, hostages, love, and promiscuity. The mix of subject matter, as well as male and female vocals, makes for a great record. The packaging is great too. It comes on 180 gram pink vinyl. The insert has lyrics on one side and a fertility chart on the other side. Drastic Plastic out of Omaha, NE has been reissuing a lot of classic records from this era. Check out more of their releases if you like eighties, new wave, and post-punk.
–Ryan Nichols (Drastic Plastic)