B-Side Beauty

Here’s one last great flipside for the time being. This ethereal beauty was the b-side of “Mr. X”, the second single from Pauline Murray’s 1980 album with The Invisible Girls which you should all know by now I think is one of the all-time great post-punk records. God knows I’ve gone on about it enough times.

This was a non-album track not included in the first CD reissue of the album so I’ve had a few requests to post it again since I first did years ago. It’s now on the latest version along with a bag-load of other new extras so it’s not so rare anymore, but you can’t beat the crackle of the original vinyl.

Download: Two Shots – Pauline Murray & The Invisible Girls (mp3)

Commercial Break

Try telling kids today that once upon a time cash didn’t come out of a hole in the wall anytime you wanted it and they won’t believe you. In fact, they’ll probably say “What’s cash?” as they swipe their plastic card through the electronic reader or pay for their mocha latte with their phone or whatever it is they do these days.

The “How A Cheque Book Works” booklet mentioned in the ad can be seen here and it’s a beautifully-designed thing. When was the last time you wrote a cheque in a shop?

Download: Free Money – Penetration (mp3)

I wouldn’t say this was better than Patti Smith’s original but I do prefer Pauline Murray’s voice.

Something for the Weekend

Discovering a Pauline Murray clip I haven’t seen before always makes my day. Finding one where she’s singing the gorgeous, ethereal “Dream Sequence” is even more of a treat. One of the great singles of the post-punk era I think.

Something for the Weekend

Well, this was a real find. For years there was a grand total of one Pauline Murray & The Invisible Girls video on YouTube which was frustrating for someone like me who adored Ms. Murray and the album she made with that lot. So finding this clip of them performing three songs was like discovering the Holy Grail, the lost city of Atlantis, and those keys you dropped behind the couch years ago.

I saw her live in 1980 with the Invisible Girls and it’s still one of the best gigs I’ve ever been too, and not just because I had a huge crush on Pauline. They played the entire album and when the audience shouted them back for a third encore Pauline said “we’ve run out of songs” so they played them all again.

Something for the Weekend

1977: A fight at every gig and the lead singer always getting covered in fluids of one kind or another. I believe that’s beer in this instance, I don’t think a human being is capable of producing that much spit in one go.

How dare he spray beer at the lovely Pauline!

Junior Choice

Been a long time since we had any Pauline Murray here so I was very happy when he pulled this one out.

Download: Life’s A Gamble – Penetration (mp3)

Something for the weekend

Haven’t had any Pauline Murray here for a while. Be still my beating heart.

I love the skipping and windmill-arms dance she does in this. A lot of punk girls jumped around like that, it was like a feminine version of the Pogo.

Our Pauline

Been a while since we’ve had a random Pauline Murray track so here’s something off Penetration’s much-maligned second album “Coming Up For Air” from 1979.

Download: Shout Above The Noise – Penetration (mp3)

Like every other group of old punk pensioners these days Penetration recently re-formed and have been touring, they’ve even recorded a couple of new songs (“Guilty” and “The Feeling”) which you can hear on their MySpace page. To be honest I don’t think the new songs are that brilliant and I’m usually highly dubious about bands trying the recreate the glory days but I must admit this live video of them doing “Don’t Dictate” is pretty great. Glad to see Pauline is still looking good after all these years too.

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The sentimental musings of an ageing expat in words, music, and pictures. Mp3 files are up for a limited time so drink them while they're hot. Contact me: lee at londonlee dot com





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