Pauline Murray

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Pauline Murray
Also known as Murray
Born (1958-03-08) 8 March 1958 (age 56)
Origin Durham, County Durham, England
Genres Punk rock, synthpop, new wave, ambient, electronic
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1976—present
Associated acts Penetration, The Invisible Girls, The Storm

Pauline Murray (born 8 March 1958, Durham, County Durham, England)[1] 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[2] in October 1980 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 performing with a rejuvenated Penetration.

Discography[edit]

All UK releases except as noted.

Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls[edit]

  • Dream Sequences (7", Illusive IVE-1, 11 July 1980)[4]
    • Dream Sequence I / Dream Sequence II
    • also on 10" IVEX-1[5]
  • Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls (LP, Illusive/RSO, 2394 277, 3 October 1980)[6]
    • 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]

  • 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]

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

Pauline Murray[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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Larkin, Colin.The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Pg. 1783. Guinness, 1992. ISBN 0-85112-939-0, ISBN 978-0-85112-939-6
  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.
  4. ^ "Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls - Dream Sequences (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1980-07-11. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  5. ^ "Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls - Dream Sequences (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1980-07-11. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  6. ^ "Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls - Untitled (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1980-10-03. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  7. ^ "Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls - Untitled (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  8. ^ "Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls - Mr X / Two Shots (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1980-10-24. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  9. ^ a b c d Official discography (paulinemurrayofficial.com)
  10. ^ "Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls - Searching For Heaven (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  11. ^ "Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls - Searching For Heaven (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  12. ^ "Pauline Murray And The Storm - New Age (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  13. ^ "Pauline Murray And The Storm - New Age (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  14. ^ "Pauline Murray And Saint, The (7) - Hong Kong (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  15. ^ "Pauline Murray - Holocaust (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  16. ^ "Pauline Murray - Holocaust (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  17. ^ "Pauline Murray - Storm Clouds (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  18. ^ "Pauline Murray - Halloween 2000 (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 

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