Pauline Murray and The Invisible Girls (album)

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Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls
Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls 1980 LP sleeve.jpg
1980 LP sleeve
Studio album by Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls
Released October 1980
Recorded July 1980
Studio Strawberry Studios, Stockport, England
Genre Synthpop
Gothic rock
Post-punk
Label RSO, Illusive Records
Producer Martin Hannett, Steve Hopkins
Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls chronology
Snap, Crackle & Bop
(1980)
Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls
(1980)
Zip Style Method
(1982)
Singles from Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls
  1. "Mr. X"
    Released: November 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls (sometimes called Untitled) is the only album made by Penetration singer Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls, John Cooper Clarke's backing band. It was released in September 1980 on the RSO label.

Alongside core members Martin Hannett on bass and record production, Steve Hopkins on keyboards and Paul Burgess on drums, the band included several musicians from other Manchester bands: The Durutti Column's Vini Reilly and Dave Rowbotham on guitar, John Maher from Buzzcocks on drums, Dave Hassell on percussion and Murray's boyfriend Robert Blamire on bass. Like Murray, Blamire had been a member of Penetration until it dissolved in late 1979. With Blamire in the band, Hannett moved from bass to keyboards.

Track listing[edit]

Pauline listened to the audio tape in the Radiotruck from Dutch Public Radio (Vara) after the concert in Het Paard (the Hague) April 3, 1981

Original LP content[2][edit]

All tracks composed by Pauline Murray and Robert Blamire; except where indicated

Side one[edit]

  1. "Screaming in the Darkness"
  2. "Dream Sequence 1"
  3. "European Eyes"
  4. "Shoot You Down"
  5. "Sympathy"
  6. "Time Slipping" (Martin Hannett, Steve Hopkins)

Side two[edit]

  1. "Drummer Boy"
  2. "Thundertunes"
  3. "When Will We Learn"
  4. "Mr. X"
  5. "Judgement Day"

1993 CD reissue[edit]

The three songs from the single "Searching For Heaven" are included as bonus tracks.

  1. "Screaming in the Darkness" – 3:36
  2. "Dream Sequence 1" – 3:19
  3. "European Eyes" – 3:20
  4. "Shoot You Down" – 2:07
  5. "Sympathy" – 2:47
  6. "Time Slipping" – 4:04
  7. "Drummer Boy" – 3:03
  8. "Thundertunes" – 3:23
  9. "When Will We Learn" – 3:35
  10. "Mr. X" – 4:27
  11. "Judgement Day" – 4:25
  12. "The Visitor" – 3:44
  13. "Animal Crazy" – 3:16
  14. "Searching for Heaven" – 2:59

The version of "Dream Sequence 1" on this CD differs from the one on the original vinyl release. It may be a completely different take or possibly a different vocal recording over the same backing.

Pauline-Murray Photo-Jos-van-Vliet

Singles[edit]

"Dream Sequences", 7", 10", Illusive Records, 1980, IVEX1
  1. "Dream Sequence I"
  2. "Dream Sequence II"
  • Produced and arranged by the Invisible Girls including Martin Hannett, Robert Blamire, Steve Hopkins, with thanks to Alan Rawlings
  • Published by Quarry Music.
  • Cover by Peter Saville and Trevor Key
  • Released through RSO Records Limited
"Mr. X", 7", Illusive Records, 1980, IVE2
  1. "Mr. X"
  2. "Two Shots"
  • Written by Pauline Murray and Robert Blamire
  • Recorded in the Big Room
  • Mixing – Martin Hannett
  • Produced and arranged by the Invisible Girls
  • Released through RSO Records Limited
"Searching for Heaven", 7", 10", Illusive Records, 1981, IVEX3
  1. "Searching for Heaven" (Murray, Blamire, Wayne Hussey)
  2. "Animal Crazy" (Murray)
  3. "The Visitor" (Murray)
  • Bass – Robert Blamire
  • Keyboards – Steve Hopkins
  • Guitar – Wayne Hussey
  • Drums – John Maher
  • Uncredited guitar – Bernard Sumner on "Searching for Heaven"
  • Producer – Martin Hannett
  • Photography – Sheila Rock
  • Design – Martyn Atkins
  • Cover – Peter Saville and Trevor Key
  • Thanks also to Alan Rawlings
  • Published by Quarry Music
  • Released through RSO Records Limited

Wayne Hussey had been recruited via a Melody Maker advertisement at the end of 1980 and Martin Hannett recruited Bernard Sumner to execute the guitar solo in "Searching for Heaven" as New Order were waiting to use the studio.

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