Pauline Murray

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Pauline Murray (born 8 March 1958) is the lead singer of the punk rock band Penetration, 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 performed at The Roxy in London in January 1977. They debuted on vinyl with the single, "Don't Dictate", issued by Virgin in November. The band went on to release two studio albums, Moving Targets and Coming Up for Air, as well as an official bootleg (Race Against Time). Later there would be a Best of Penetration compilation album. After a measure of success during 1978/79, including a headline show at the Rainbow Theatre and a five week American tour, they announced a split in October 1979.

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 and co-writer Robert Blamire, as well as guesting Manchester musicians such as Vini Reilly, guitarist in The Durutti Column, and Steve Hopkins. John 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 in October 1980 and spawned the singles "Dream Sequence" and "Mr X".

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 performing with a rejuvenated Penetration.

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  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 384. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ James Nice "Martin Hannett: A Certain Disorder in the Treble range" in Zero: a Martin Hannett story (Big Beat CDWIKCD 270 (2006)), p.16 of booklet.
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1989 Storm Clouds 1

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