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Promo – The Selecter Homepage Agent: Michael Schuh

Influential and platinum-selling 2-Tone veterans The Selecter released Too Much Pressure, their debut album, in 1980 and it remains a classic touchstone for a generation of ska lovers. Mixing punk, ska and reggae it contains the irresistible hits “On My Radio”, “Three Minute Hero” and “Missing Words”. Too Much Pressure successfully reflected the social and political issues of the early Thatcher years in Britain and gave a voice to disaffected youth across the racial divide.
One of the most vital, visceral and important ska acts ever, The Selecter returned in 2011 fronted by the original singing duo of the female icon of the 2-tone era Pauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson. The dynamic and impeccable duo take centre stage in what is arguably the band’s best line-up since the original one.
The band released 10 track album ‘Made In Britain’ in 2011 featuring covers of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ and a hugely popular anti-racist ska/reggae re-working of Woody Guthrie’s ‘All You Fascists Bound To Lose’- re-invented as ‘Big In The Body- Small In The Mind’. Pauline starred in BBC4’s “Reggae Britannia” series, contributing to a 90 mins documentary and a live concert broadcast from The Barbican in London and also wrote a well-received 2-Tone memoir, ‘Black By Design’, that year which has been published by ‘Serpent’s Tail’ and released in the UK and US.
In 2013 they released another new album entitled “String Theory” to rave reviews and toured venues and festivals all over the world playing that album, including the influential Coachella [USA] festival amongst others. 2014 was The Selecter’s 35th Anniversary and not only have they have never sounded better they are also still incredibly exciting and vital. They played “Too Much Pressure” in its entirety plus a selection of other much loved Selecter tracks at tours and festivals around the world in 2014 including Isle of Wight Festival, Pohoda Festival (CZ), Les Deferlantes Festival (FR), Cruilla Festival (Spain) ,Glastonbury & toured in New Zealand & Australia.
2015 sees the band touring with a new release entitled “Subculture” while still playing all their classic hits live.