The Selecter Biography (Wikipedia)
The Selecter are a 2 Tone ska revival band from Coventry, England, formed in mid-1979.
The Selecter featured a diverse line-up, both in terms of race and gender, initially consisting of Arthur 'Gaps' Hendrickson and Pauline Black on lead vocals, Neol Davies and Compton Amanor on guitar, Desmond Brown on Hammond organ, Charley 'H' Bembridge on drums, and Charley Anderson on bass. The band's name is based on the term "selector", which is a Jamaican word for disc jockey. The band were one of the most successful ska bands of the 2 Tone era, notching up several top forty singles in the British charts. Having co-released the first 2 Tone Ska single with The Specials, they are considered one of the founding acts of the movement. Though highly influential, the original lineup only remained together for a year, and even with replacement players the band only continued until breaking up in 1981.
The Selecter reformed in 1991 and vocalist Black continued to perform and release music under The Selecter name until 2006. By 2011, another version of the band featuring Neol Davies was touring separately. In June 2011 Black applied for, and won, The Selecter trademark and the right to use the name herself. The reformed, Pauline Black-led lineup still tours and releases albums under The Selecter name, most recently releasing Daylight, the band's 15th studio album, in 2017.
- The Selecter - Frontlinehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05nm5r3.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05nm5r3.jpg2017-11-16T16:28:32.000ZThe Selecter perform live on The Quay Sessionshttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05n8fjw
The Selecter - Frontline
- Pauline Black "we started the whole thing because we took an anti-racist stance and an anti-sexist stance"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05jl0yf.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05jl0yf.jpg2017-10-10T14:02:00.000ZPauline Black from the Selecter talks about the inspiration behind the single 'Frontline'https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05jkzz3
Pauline Black "we started the whole thing because we took an anti-racist stance and an anti-sexist stance"
- 'I'm amazed that I've made it this far' - Pauline Blackhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05fl04v.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05fl04v.jpg2017-09-09T08:59:00.000ZThe Selecter's Pauline Black tell us about her future aspirations (mostly to stay alive), and gives tips to other women in the industry.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05fky04
'I'm amazed that I've made it this far' - Pauline Black
- Where has all the Ska gone? - Pauline Blackhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05fkzr1.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05fkzr1.jpg2017-09-09T08:41:00.000ZPauline Black of The Selecter on why we rarely hear about upcoming ska bands...https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05fkxz6
Where has all the Ska gone? - Pauline Black
- 'Billie Holiday plays a large role in my life' - Pauline Blackhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p06ptr62.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p06ptr62.jpg2017-09-09T08:36:00.000ZThe Selecter's Pauline Black on how she became entranced by Billie's voice in the 1970s.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05fky0k
'Billie Holiday plays a large role in my life' - Pauline Black
- Pauline Black's My Generationhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04b0zrs.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04b0zrs.jpg2016-10-05T08:17:00.000ZThe Selector's Pauline Black chats to BBC Radio 6 Music's Shaun Keavenyhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04b0zsm
Pauline Black's My Generation
- Pauline Black chats to Stuart Maconiehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02m8gzc.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02m8gzc.jpg2015-03-18T15:26:00.000ZPauline Black of The Selecter chats to Stuart Maconie about the group's UK tour and new album, Subculture.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02m8c49
Pauline Black chats to Stuart Maconie
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