Themes From Great Cities

It might have come to your attention that I'm not a regular poster of love and understanding, which you will just have to get used to. I will however, have bursts of creativity where I move completely randomly from post to post with no rhyme or reason. I have recently posted a few singles (7 & 12”) and the odd bootleg which have been received very well by all who visit. More of the same will continue as you, dear readers, seem to be enjoying them.

Some of the rips are my own, but many more are from other blogs and I’m just sharing the wealth. If other bloggers out there wish to share the rips from my posts, please as I do, host them yourself. To combat this, the FLAC files that are over 6 months old will be replaced with MP3 files.

Finally I am happy to re-up old posts where the link has expired. Please comment in the relevant posts comments box.


Life Is A Gamble (Re-upped)

Buoyed by the sheer magnificence of their "Don't Dictate" debut single, Penetration's debut album stands among the very last true greats of the first wave of British punk offerings. A glorious collision of adrenalized exuberance and astonishing energies, topped by Pauline Murray's unmistakably soaring vocals, Moving Targets wrapped 11 tracks across its two sides of vinyl, and it was the greatest indication of their quality that it wasn't till you reached the end that you realized "Don't Dictate" itself was absent. In its stead, "Stone Heroes," the explosive "Movement," and the swirlingly atmospheric "Vision" were all classics in the making, while a cover of Patti Smith's "Free Money" is simply spellbinding, crunchier than the original but more emotive, too. And then there's the opening bars of the title track, a hilarious reminder of how fast things were changing back then -- it's the Pistols' "Holidays in the Sun," and doesn't it sound old-fashioned! All of which illustrates the sheer versatility bound up in the band. In another lifetime, they could have given the likes of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple a run for their money, at least in terms of demonstrating dexterity, and it was Penetration's bad luck that they were riding a wave that had little time for such abilities. Not that they allowed the disappointment to show. Moving Targets shrugs aside most of punk's archetypes as it rockets along, while the decision to cover the Buzzcocks' "Nostalgia" reminds listeners that Penetration weren't the only band around that didn't give a toss for fashionable accessories. Of course, that determination would lead to the disappointment of the band's second album -- and, thereafter, their demise. As of mid-1978, however, Moving Targets could only herald a dazzling future. 

Taken from the Captain Oi! Reissue to MP3 @ 320kbps

Penetration; Moving Targets (Expanded)

1.      Future Daze
2.      Life’s A Gamble
3.      Lovers Of Outrage
4.      Vision
5.      Silent Community
6.      Stone Heroes
7.      Movement
8.      Too Many Friends
9.      Reunion
10.   Nostalgia
11.   Freemoney
12.   Don’t Dictate
13.   Money Talks
14.   Firing Squad
15.   Never
16.   V.I.P.


  1. -= Faith Healer =-1 November 2015 at 12:01

    thank you for yet another classic and for including the Don't Dictate single!!!

    I hate to request anything since you are doing a fantastic job delivering nothing but legendary masterpieces, but by any chance do you have anything by the 80s Punk band RESISTORS (v) - sounds a bit like Danzig/Misfits meets Sisters Of Mercy!


    1. -= Faith Healer =-1 November 2015 at 12:02


      They had a third album called ALPOW that is not listed on Discogs

    2. Thanks for the comments Faith Healer. Sorry to report that I don't have anything by Resistors.

    3. Hi, Can you re-up this one? Love your site!

  2. Thanks for the re-up!