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Penetration: The Virgin Years

Album Review

Four-disc box set from County Durham’s premier new wavers in their late-70s prime.

Inspired by Iggy, Patti and the Pistols, Penetration were punk’s leading break-out act from the north-east of England. NME even christened them the “Durham contingent”.

They only lasted three years, but their charismatic singer Pauline Murray and her bass-playing partner Robert Blamire enjoyed a fertile post-punk second act, working with producer Martin Hannett and his group The Invisible Girls. Penetration recently re-formed to release their first album in 36 years, and this handsome box set collects their slender late-1970s archive in a deluxe four-disc archive.  

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