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Punk Memorabilia: Exclusive Photos of Penetration Gigs in Liverpool, 1978.

Punk Memorabilia: Exclusive Photos of Penetration Gigs in Liverpool, 1978.

Above Photo: Pauline Murray of Penetration, at Eric’s Club, Liverpool on 17 June 1978 

I recently came across a number of photos I took back in 1978 at two penetration gigs in Liverpool, one at Liverpool University on 5th May 1978, when they supported the Buzzcocks, and one at Eric’s club on 17 June 1978, when they headlined in their own right (supported by a band called The Germs).

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Penetration Lead Guitarist Neale Floyd.

I have no illusions about the quality of some of these gig photos, but I strongly feel photographic memorabilia of Punk and new Wave bands playing live back then should be ‘out there’ for Posterity, which is why I’m featuring them in this article.

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A Penetration badge I also found recently. (Also a Clash one to the top right)

Penetration were one of my favourite early Punk bands, having been formed in 1976, and they were a superb band to see live. I make frequent reference to them in articles on this site (use the search function on the top right of the page).

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Another photo of the band playing Eric’s in June 1978, showing Robert Blamire on bass and Pauline Murray.

They also receive numerous mentions in my Punk and New Wave Memoir, Bombed Out!, and as a young Punk back then, they were truly musically-inspirational.

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Fred Purser, if I remember correctly, was a relatively recent addition when they played at Eric’s in June 1978.

I saw them live six times in all, between 1978 and 1979, and I enjoyed every gig. They also did me a few favours, signing almost anything I could get my hands on: including my old Eric’s membership card:

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On the back of my Eric’s 1977-1978 membership card: autographs from Penetration’s Pauline Murray and Neal Floyd.

Sticky yellow squares which I decorated my bass guitar and amp with, as I learnt to play bass with a mate, Ged, in our nascent Punk band, Plastic Orgasm:

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Autographed by Neale Floyde and Robert Blamire

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Penetration: fans of Plastic Orgasm – autographed by Pauline Murray, Neale Floyde and Robert Blamire

I also had some great Penetration poster memorabilia (now lost), which I pinched from Eric’s after their May gig, with which I gleefully rushed into a photo booth in Liverpool city centre, on my way home from the gig.

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Poster proudly nicked from Eric’s after the Penetration gig in June 1978.

The final two photos were taken at Mountford Hall in May 1978 when they supported the Buzzcocks. As my detailed notes on the reverse of one photo tells me, some of the Buzzcocks were also watching the band from the doorway at the back of the stage

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Neale Floyde and Pauline Murray at the 5 May 1978 gig at Mountford Hall, Liverpool University. (Members of headline band the Buzzcocks in the open doorway)

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A detailed note on the back of the photo…

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And finally, one of my all-time favourite Penetration tracks:

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3 Comments

  1. steve watson

    absolutely love all your pictures and reveiws and posts

    Reply
    • Peter Alan Lloyd

      Cheers Steve. I enjoy writing them. I was surprised to find so much Punk memorabilia I’d held onto when I was back in Liverpool recently, so there’ll be a few of these posts!

      Reply
  2. Randy Vaillancourt

    I remember Don’t Dictate! I was in London around 1983-84 buying Punk records. That was one of the albums I had!

    Reply

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