Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls

Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls

by Pauline Murray & the Invisible GirlsPauline Murray & the Invisible Girls


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When original 1977 Manchester punk band Penetration split up in 1979, singer Pauline Murray immediately went solo, taking bassist/boyfriend Robert Blamire with her and putting together a "dream team" backing group hard to beat. The Invisible Girls include the LP's legendary producer, Martin Hannett (who gives this 1980 LP his trademark Joy Division/first New Order LP sound; boy has that dated well), as well as Buzzcocks drummer extraordinaire John Maher (Penetration covered Buzzcocks' "Nostalgia" on their first LP, Moving Targets) and guest appearances from Durruti Column's Vini Reilly, the then unknown Wayne Hussey, and Bernard Sumner. With this kind of unbelievable talent as support, Murray flourishes. The second and final Penetration LP, Coming Up for Air, had already posited her as a post-punk star, mining ground similar to the later Skids, or a less primitive, more tuneful early Banshees. Here, with Hannett's far-away, odd sound leading the way, she makes a more subconscious, skillful pop album, full of dark touches, such as discordant piano, flanged basslines, Maher's insistent beat, and strange little background guitar parts. The material is all excellent, especially the knockout opener "Screaming in the Darkness" and the Magazine-like single "Mr. X." This was one of the most inspired and unique solo LPs the punk generation produced. [Les Disques du Cr�puscule's remastered and expanded edition, released in 2014, added nonalbum tracks, a Peel Session, and live recordings.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2014
Label: Crepuscule
UPC: 0708527002049
catalogNumber: 16
Rank: 65530

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pauline Murray & the Invisible Girls   Primary Artist
Robert Blamire   Bass,Guitar
Paul Burgess   Drums
Steve Gilbert   Percussion
Martin Hannett   Bass
Dave Hassell   Percussion
Steve Hopkins   Keyboards
Wayne Hussey   Guitar
John Maher   Drums
Vini Reilly   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Trevor Spencer   Drums
Bernard Sumner   Guitar,Soloist
Peter Howells   Drums
Dave Rowbotham   Guitar
Alan Rawlings   Guitar
Peter Barratt   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Pauline Murray   Composer,Instrumentation
Robert Blamire   Composer,Instrumentation
John Etchells   Producer
Martin Hannett   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Steve Hopkins   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Wayne Hussey   Composer
Nick Gomm   Engineer
Chris Nagle   Engineer
James Nice   Liner Notes
Martin Lewsley   Layout
Invisible Girls   Arranger,Producer

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