– Pauline Murray – in session for John Peel – March 19, 1980 – BBC Radio 1 –
Former lead singer for the Punk band Penetration, Pauline Murray launched a solo career when Penetration called it quits in 1979. This session, her first and only one for John Peel, comes around the time of her first ep Dream Sequences which was released in July of 1980 featuring Murray and The Invisible Girls.
Murray has released one album, her 1980 debut Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls, which featured contributions from several colleagues from her Penetration days. The album was a critical and audience hit, reaching 25 on the album charts. Since then, she has collaborated with numerous acts from Durutti Column to Buzzcocks. Recently, a reunion with bandmates Penetration led to talk of a new album in 2015, although it hasn’t surfaced yet. She has also established Polestar Studios, a place for bands to rehearse and record. Lately she’s been gigging, playing solo acoustic shows combining older material with new materials she has written just recently.
Pauline Murray, although not one of the instantly recognizable figures in the UK Punk scene, has nonetheless been a cornerstone of Punk and New Wave and was a integral part in numerous bands from the period. She was also one of the initial Women of the Punk movement to break out of the rock stereotype of women being only background singers or groupies – and in that regard she is a notable figure in what was a pivotal period of time, not only for music but for Popular culture in general. Murray was one of that handful of women who, at the time who saw Rock as all-inclusive and not just a boys club. We don’t think much about that now – it’s no longer even thought about and exclusion isn’t even considered as it once was. And believe me, Rock used to be a boys club and Women were seldom seen in any role other than singer or backup singer.
And it was women like Pauline Murray who made that happen. Further evidence the 70s were pivotal.