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Thursday, 10 September 2015

Rewind: 1979 Coming Up For Air - Penetration

Coming Up For Air - Penetration
Produced by Steve Lilywhite
Released 10th September 1979
UK Chart #36

Pauline Murray - Vocals
Neale Floyd - Guitar
Fred Purser - Guitar
Robert Blamire - Bass
Gary Smallman - Drums

Side A
01 Shout Above The Noise 4.02
02 She Is The Slave 3.05
03 Last Saving Grace 2.53
04 Killed In The Rush 1.46
05 Challenge 3.56
Side B
06 Come Into The Open 2.48
07 What's Going On ? 3.05
08 Party's Over 2.46
09 On Reflection 2.05
10 Lifeline 2.51
11 New Recruit 2.59

Single From The Album

 A month after the album was released Penetration broke up.

Live 19789 
Contains two live shows including their final show on 14th October 1979 in Newcastle 

The Thames Poly show would have been just as the debut album 'Moving Targets' was released and ten of the tracks represented on the album are part of the set (only 'Reunion' is missing). Two highlights from this particular set are the two cover versions, Patti Smith's 'Free Money' and Buzzcocks' 'Nostalgia' (kind of funny that only a month before the release of Penetration's debut that Buzzcocks had released their second album 'Love Bites' which contained 'Nostalgia'. Both bands had been out on the road together on the 'Entertaining Friends Tour').

The second show is their final show (though they did reform in 2001 and are still out and about today) and the spotlight shifts to the 'Coming Up For Air' album. The songs may not be as strong as the debut but the band actually sound much better (the inclusions of Neale Floyd and Fred Purser on guitar after Gary Chaplin departed was really bearing fruit). With the band knowing it was the last gig they seemed to play with greater abandon laying down an excellent 26 song set (that included a final encore of 'Firing Squad', 'Don't Dictate' and 'Danger Signs' for the second time that night).

Penetration are about to release a brand new album, these days only Pauline Murray and Robert Blamire (he has produced the album) are the only original members left. Album is titled New Resolution. The album features John Maher, once of Buzzcocks pounding the drums. It is their first album for 36 Years! Fred Purser also makes an appearance on the album (as well as Mixing it).

Listen to a track from the album here!

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