Youthful and idealistic, though more proficient than most teenage punks, Penetration were poised for mainstream success during the late 70s. Fronted by the feisty Pauline Murray, the County Durham-based band duly signed to Virgin, for whom they released a classic first 45, Don’t Dictate, and an acclaimed Top 30 debut LP, Moving Targets, but they split after touring their critically derided second, 1979’s Coming Up For Air. Post-Penetration, Murray and bassist Robert Blamire chalked up further chart success with 1980’s Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls: a well-received, proto-dream pop LP produced by Martin Hannett.
Long lost north-east punk champs return. On singles like Don’t Dictate and Danger Signs, County Durham’s Penetration were always one of the more rock-type bands of the punk era, with guitars and bass underpinning Pauline Murray’s clarion-call vocals in a manner owing more to, say, Patti Smith than X-Ray Spex. ADVERTISINGinRead invented by Teads .