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Penetration

The only summation one can make of the career of English punks Penetration is, what a disappointment. In 1977, Penetration released a classic chunk of punk rock defiance titled "Don't Dictate." With Pauline Murray's impassioned vocals (sounding a bit like X-Ray Spex's Poly Styrene) leading the way, this was a blazing piece of anti-authoritarian rant: loud, snotty, and proud. Sadly, it was to be the one song they remained best noted for (assuming there are people who still remember Penetration). The problem was that they traded in barely competent but energetic bashing and thrashing for a more "mature" new wave/"punk-ish" rock sound. As a result, their debut LP, Moving Targets, although it has its moments, never lived up to the promise of "Don't Dictate." Still, Pauline Murray was a force to be reckoned with. Easily one of the best singers to come out of English punk rock, she made the band interesting even when the songs weren't there, the production was overwrought, and the whole enterprise was terribly uneven. It was to the surprise of no one that by 1980 she was fronting a new band, the Invisible Girls, who based on Murray's strengths became known as Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls. Still, major success eluded Murray, and she later moved into singing more elegant, mainstream pop/rock, remaining one of England's best unknown singers. ~ John Dougan, Rovi
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John Dougan, Rovi, is the same git who wrote the original Stiff Little Fingers bio for Pandora, which basically said the same stuff he wrote for Penetration (except he all but accused SLF of being The Clash knockoffs), before Mark Demming kindly rewrote the SLF bio as something informative and relevant. It's like... 'Okay, Dougan, we get that you're disappointed you didn't get to write the bio for The Clash - can you see now why you didn't get the assignment, you douchecanoe? '
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John Dougan, Rovi, since when is a biography basically you saying: formed in 1977, too bad they sucked? ...... give me a break, I don't really give a f**k about your opinion, just give me facts... opinions are for a**holes like me to post here. I give them 3 stars out of 5. Not the best to come out of the late 70s, but certainly a higher calibre than Sham 69 (and I have five of their albums too!)
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this is punk !
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potterjoe
I loved this band then...and still do now...They brought so much more to punk than 3 chords. Their song structure and changes are what blows my mind. Definitely a diverse group of musicians who's individualit y shines.
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Sucked then...still suck now. Gee...imagin e the originality. . . a loud, whiny, melodramatic female. What a breakthrough !

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