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Penetration: Moving Targets (Virgin)****

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, 14 October 1978

WE'RE NOT the same, you're not the same, they're not the same. ...

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Penetration (1979)

Interview by Ian Ravendale, Rock's Backpages audio, October 1979

Pauline Murray and Robert Blamire announce the band's split, and the reasons behind it: the relentless pressures of touring and recording and consequent internal tensions.

File format: mp3; file size: 23.9mb, interview length: 26' 03" sound quality: *****

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Penetration: Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 21 May 1977

"TURN OFF the music – we want to play," R the bassist yelled at the DJ and, before you had time to chuckle at the ...

Buzzcocks, Penetration, John Cooper Clarke, Warsaw: Electric Circus, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 18 June 1977

THERE IS undoubtedly a great deal of refining and cleaning to be done on Buzzcocks' material before the album they can so definitely record comes ...

Penetration: Anarchy In County Durham

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 18 June 1977

MICK JONES of the Clash, leading philosophers of the New Wave, has said that he couldn't play but for the vacuum-pack pressures of the tower ...

Penetration, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers: London, Vortex

Live Review by Jane Suck, Sounds, 3 December 1977

No more heroes ...

Penetration: The Future Is Female

Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, 17 December 1977

ACCELERATION DON'T go to my head...London – a module, self-contained, trapped in an ever-accelerating time/style warp: a week seems like a month in our brave ...

Penetration: The Canteen, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 4 February 1978

PENETRATION MIGHT have been a flicker of inspiration, a couple of months of excitement refracted through a bunch of provincial Johnny Rotten fans. Might have ...

The Buzzcocks: Another Movie In A Different Cinema

Report and Interview by Jane Suck, Sounds, 25 March 1978

I SMOKE TOO much. I drink too much. I do drugs and don't get off, and, according to Dead Fingers Talk's manager and all the ...

Penetration: Abcess Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 27 May 1978

EVERYONE was smiling, feeling rosie the way you do, when a wedding service draws to a close. Pauline, singer with Penetration, and her long-time sweetheart ...

Penetration: Moving Targets (Virgin)

Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 14 October 1978

THIS YEAR A LINE formed. At one end Penetration, and from there through Joy Division, The Mekons, The Slits, The Fall, The Passage, The Pop ...


Report and Interview by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 11 November 1978

"Every night before I go to sleep/Find a ticket, win a lottery/Scoop the pearls up from the sea/Cash them in and..." ...

Penetration: Moving Targets (Virgin V 2109)

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, January 1979

IT'S ONLY slightly difficult to take a record pressed on glow-in-the-dark plastic seriously, but such is the level of total foolishness that the British record ...

Penetration/Punishment Of Luxury/Neon: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 6 January 1979

THIS WAS A night to crush Cleveland, bugger Bloomington and give the arse to Akron. North British talent ruled, and it was OK. Well, no, ...

Penetration: Mountford Hall, Liverpool

Live Review by Penny Kiley, Melody Maker, 5 May 1979

Pauline in the safety zone ...

Penetration: Movement Is The Message

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 5 May 1979


Penetration in Five Easy Stages

Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 19 May 1979

ONCE UPON a time there was an impetuous eight-year-old girl living in a dark Durham corner and influenced greatly by the fashionable doings of a ...

Penetration, Judy Nylon: Hurrah, New York NY

Live Review by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, 9 June 1979

PAULINE KEEPS having her sentences completed for her. She'll say, "This is our current single in England, it's called..." and someone in the audience will ...


Interview by Richard Grabel, New York Rocker, July 1979

AS I SET out to cover Penetration, the omens were auspicious. ...

Penetration: The Whisky, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 7 July 1979

I'D SEEN the name around several times, but I'd never seen the band until tonight. Strange how your luck can change. ...

Penetration: Coming Up For Air (Virgin) ****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 22 September 1979

UP! THAT'S what Penetration are. Such stimulation. A Japanese masseuse on speciality-of-the-house rates could hardly have tickled more of a tingle into every nerve-end from ...

Penetration: Coitus Interruptus

Report and Interview by Ian Ravendale, Sounds, 20 October 1979

THE DREAM is over. Penetration are breaking up. From the stage of the City Hail in Newcastle, the town where they played their first gig, ...

Penetration: Coming Up for Air (Virgin International)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Rolling Stone, 20 March 1980

HEY, THE echo switch has been rediscovered! Not to mention other stuff within reach of a bargain-basement studio console. Producer Steve Lillywhite seems to have ...

Penetration: Going Underground

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 5 April 1980

SO YOU'RE learning to write music, Pauline – how's it done then? ...

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