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Pauline Murray and the Storm - Holocaust

Yesterday I posted an old favourite of mine, a cover version of Big Star's Kangaroo, taken from their album Sister Lovers. To mix things up a bit, today I'm going to be posting an old favourite of mine, a cover version of Big Star's Holocaust, taken from their album Sister Lovers.

Pauline Murray was the singer with Penetration. Founded in 1976, they never quite fitted in with the first wave of UK punk despite their spiky sound. After their split, Murray's musical style changed radically, and she spent the rest of her career pursuing a sound that was at once ethereal and dramatic.

She was never better than on the 1984 single Holocaust. While, in retrospect, it's somewhat hampered by its '80s keyboard sounds, it's still a powerful portrayal of a destroyed life. Murray's voice was never better: clear and open and almost anonymous. Not only does this give her singing a sense of honesty, she also becomes a cipher, an everywoman speaking out to all of life's fuck-ups. This really is one of those forgotten classics. 23 years on, I think it's ripe for rediscovery.

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