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The Selecter

Despite being the band that got the least press during the ska revival of the early '80s, the Selecter, while only recording one undeniably fine record, deserved better than they got. Hailing from Coventry, England, the same hometown as ska pals the Specials, the Selecter's secret weapon was lead singer Pauline Black, arguably the best lead singer of the ska revival, who gave the jumpy and jittery songs an edge that veered into haunting drama. Although they got off to a roaring start with their debut record, 1980's Too Much Pressure, the second record, Celebrate the Bullet, was a strained follow-up that led to the band's rapid demise. Black spent some time singing solo and eventually re-joined guitarist Neol Davis in a Selecter reunion in the early '90s that has seen them become dance club favorites. According to those attending Selecter shows, the vibe is strong and the music great. ~ John Dougan, Rovi
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I have no pity for poor people who breed. F**K 'EM.
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In the 90s I was fortunate to watch them perform live in Pomona CA at a small venue called the Glass House. Someone asked them to play Monkey Man a Specials song, which left to some laughter on stage.
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Too unknown such a shame.
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Great vibe! ��
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Yes
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Ahhhh memories.... .
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I FINALLY got to experience the Selecter LIVE at Riot Fest last weekend and it was SUPER AWESOME!!!! I'm still smiling about it :-) The only thing that sucked was that the set was too damn short :-(
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The Selecter has always been one of my all time favorite ska bands. They are a bad az band that you never get tired of listening and skanking to. Skank till ya rank and bop till ya drop!
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I love to listen to The Selecter On My Radio!
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mv881
The Selecter's music has bubbled up in my consciousnes s periodically for almost 30 years. Wish they made more.
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Don't forget 'On MyRadio' and '3 Minute Hero'
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Only one undeniably fine album? Celebrate the Bullet? Very dark but still a great record with biting social criticism
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my most favorite two tone band of all time : )
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benbaron00
Celebrate the Bullet is a better album IMO, having more range, especially in the writing, and Black gets to show off her chops singing solo in several songs.
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C'mon, sure Shanty Town is the best song.
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wrmack
The Selecter's genius lay in its ability to produce ska that was lively and keen-edged without being goofy. Too Much Pressure and Murder are the unheralded high water marks of the ska revival.
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Classic may be getting old but not forgotten. Rude Boy with the Burns will always have a place in my sole for The Selecter... ahhh the late seventies early eighty's
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all I can say it that I love this group.
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Too Much Pressure is one of the greatest ska songs ever recorded! BRAVO!!
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Loved this group at it's heigth of it's career. Bud7091 is right! I recall several great songs of their's that I can list as long as my arm and my arm is long.
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who told these guys they only recorded one record?
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sfw206
UNTOUCHABLE!
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They get a bad rap even here. lol... Celebrate the Bullet is a killer album.
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love The Selecter- have the first album on vinyl-need to check out Celebrate the Bullet!
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eaaron318
The Selecter's second album, _Celebrate the Bullet_, gets a bad rap from Dougan as "strained." Sure it's uneven, but it shows them growing out of the tight formulas of the first album, with superb solo work, smart lyrics, a darker vibe, and great songs like Deepwater, Bombscare, Selling out your Future, Cool Blue Lady, Bristol+Miam i , and the title song. Plus Pauline Black is given more space to sing brilliantly. Word: check out the fine interview with Black and comments on the Selecter by "Mar
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Lead singing, flat guitar picking enhanced with bubbling keys makes The Selecter one of my favorite ska bands. Definitely an influence to my ska band The Upbeat (on facebook) since our beginnings in 1985.
Much respect to The Selecter!!!
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Celebrate the Bullet isn't a half-bad album, either.
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Oi!
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Lovin this site and stations
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flynnbm4
The Selecter were so great. I love both albums. Celebrate The Bullet is totally underrated. Who Likes Facing Situations, and Bristol & Miami are up there with the whole first album. Two-tone was awesome. More than just bands. It was a whole culture.
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i saw them live @ the Whiskey - n good old hollywood i think it was back in 95'great music,good times was very young....met a cute rudeboy that night i think he was from fountain valley....ah a h a h what a blast
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i love the ska....

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