PENETRATION – Life’s A Gamble 7” 1978

Named after a Stooges song Penetration were formed late ’76 in Ferryhill County Durham by three friends Pauline Murray, Robert Blamire and Gary Smallman after seeing the Sex Pistols in Manchester. They played their first gig in October 76 @ the Middlesborough Rock Garden and played their first London gig at the famous Roxy Club in January 1977 supporting Gen X. This first gig in the bright lights of London was less than fondly recalled by Pauline “We spent a fortune getting down there. We thought it was great. Then when we got there it was such a dump. I don’t know what we were expecting but it wasn’t quite that.” They re-formed in 2001 with several new members. Their excellent debut single, Don’t Dictate, is now acknowledged as a classic punk record and their debut album, Moving Targets (1978), is still widely admired. Heavy touring in 1979 and another album ‘Coming Up For Air’, but no real commercial success found Penetration in internal disharmony. So here’s their third single with two nice powerpop/punk songs and listen also to an awesome live goodie on the rare British Underground compilation.


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