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Pauline Murray (born 8 March 1958, DurhamCounty Durham, England)[1] was the lead singer of the punk rock band, Penetration, which was originally formed in 1976.

In May 1976 the 18-year-old Murray saw the Sex Pistols. Murray and her Ferryhill comrades became Pistols devotees, earning for themselves by late 1976 the title of 'Durham Contingent' (coined by the NME).

Penetration soon began gigging and debuted on vinyl with their single, "Don't Dictate". They released two albums, Moving Targets and Coming Up for Air, and later a Best of Penetrationcompilation album. After some brief success in 1978/79, they split up in 1980.

In 1980 Murray worked on her first solo album with record producer Martin Hannett's band The Invisible Girls, which also included ex-Penetration member Robert Blamire, as well as otherManchester musicians who drifted in and out such as Vini Reilly, guitarist in The Durutti ColumnJohn Maher from Buzzcocks also drummed for the band. The resulting album, Pauline Murray and The Invisible Girls, reached Number 25 on the UK Albums Chart[2] and spawned the singles "Dream Sequence" and "Mr X".[3]

Murray also provided vocals for The Only Ones on their tracks, "Fools" and backing vocals on "Me and My Shadow".

Murray worked sporadically as a solo artist under the name "Pauline Murray and The Storm" with Robert Blamire, Tim Johnston and Paul Harvey. She spent the next 10 years fronting various outfits, and is now back giggling with a rejuvenated Penetration.

Discography[edit source | editbeta]Edit

All UK releases except as noted.

Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls[edit source | editbeta]Edit

  • Dream Sequences (7", Illusive IVE-1, 11 July 1980)[4]
    • Screaming In The Darkness (3:36) / Dream Sequence 1 (3:19) / European Eyes (3:20) / Shoot You Down (2:07) / Sympathy (2:47) / Time Slipping (4:04) // Drummer Boy (3:03) / Thundertunes (3:23) / When Will We Learn (3:35) / / Mr. X (4:27) / Judgement Day (4:25)
    • 1993 CD extra tracks: The Visitor (3:44) / Animal Crazy (3:16) / Searching For Heaven (2:59)[7]
  • Mr X (3:27) / Two Shots (4:03) (7", Illusive IVE-2, 24 Oct 1980)[8]
  • Searching For Heaven / Animal Crazy (7", Illusive IVE-3, April 1981[9])[10]
  • Searching For Heaven // Animal Crazy / The Visitor (10", Illusive IVEX-3, 1981)[11]

Pauline Murray and the Storm[edit source | editbeta]Edit

  • New Age (3:42) / Body Music (2:54) (7", Polestar PSTR-003, November 1986[9])[12]
  • New Age (5:35) // Archangel (4:17) / Body Music (2:54) (12", Polestar PSTR-12-003, November 1986)[13]

Pauline Murray and The Saint[edit source | editbeta]Edit

  • Hong Kong (12", Polestar PSTR-12-002, February 1987[9])[14]
    • Close Watch / All I Want // Body Music / Holocaust

Pauline Murray[edit source | editbeta]Edit

  • Holocaust (2:20) / Don't Give Up (3:56) (7", Polestar PSTR-001, November 1984[9])[15]
  • Holocaust // Don't Give Up / Aversion (12", Polestar PSTR-12-001, November 1984)[16]
  • This Thing Called Love // Mr Money / Pressure Zone (12″,Cat & Mouse Records ABBO-9T, May 1989)
  • Storm Clouds (LP, Cat And Mouse ABB-10, 1989)[17]
    • This Thing Called Love (3:34) / Holocaust (2:19) / Soul Power (3:10) / No One Like You (2:57) / Another World (3:03) / Don't Give Up (4:58) // Pressure Zone (4:23) / Close Watch (3:07) / Everybody's Talking (3:06) / New Age (3:51) / Time (4:52)
  • Halloween 2000 (CD, Polestar PSTR-CD-002, 2000)[18]
    • Stand For The Fire Demon (5:47) / Night Of The Vampire (4:58) / Creature With The Atom Brain (4:25)

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