Great news, ska heroes The Selecter have revealed a new single ‘Big In The Body, Small In The Mind’ on May 30th with the ‘Back In Black’ single to follow on July 30th 2011 and if that is not enough the the band have also announced, ‘Made In Britain’ download and limited edition vinyl album planned for later in the year, then there is the autobiography…
In 2011, The Selecter featuring Pauline Black & Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson, the original lead singers of the band, will continue to tour UK, check your nearest festival there is a fair chance The Selecter will be on a main stage near you soon. More importantly check out their new single ‘Big In The Body, Small In The Mind’ here at With Guitars we hope you agree, it’s time Ska made a return to the charts.
Formed in 1979, the Selecter led the ska revival movement, along with 2-tone labelmates, The Specials & Madness. Mixing punk, ska & reggae, their debut album ‘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.
2011 sees the return of this most vital and visceral ska act ever, reuniting the original singing duo, the female icon of the 2-tone era Pauline Black and the stylish charisma of Gaps ‘De Killa’ Hendrickson, who assuredly deliver stunning performances of classic hits like ‘On My Radio’, ‘Three Minute Hero’, ‘Missing Words’ & ‘Too Much Pressure’ for both old and new ska fans.
Brand new single ‘Big In The Body-Small In The Mind’ released on May 30th. ‘Back To Black’ single release on July 30th. Limited edition 7"double A side vinyl release of ‘Big In The Body- Small In The Mind’ b/w ‘Back To Black’ available from July 23rd.
Brand new 10 track album ‘Made In Britain’ explores the multicultural landscape of today’s Britain & beyond. Released Sept 1st on download and limited 12" vinyl.
Rolling Stone Magazine: "Hands down, Pauline Black possessed the best voice that ever graced a 2-Tone release. Blessed with a bewitching soprano and dramatic panache, Black’s voice reached plateaus that made every other musical detail sound like part of a backdrop painted just to set the stage for her entrance"
Serpent’s Tail has acquired the rights to the memoir of singer and actress Pauline Black. Oli Munson of the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency sold world English language rights to Black by Design to Pete Ayrton, publisher, and John Williams, editor at Serpent’s Tail. It will be published in late summer 2011.
Black was the lead singer of ska band The Selecter. After the group split in 1982, Black developed an acting career in television and theatre, appearing in dramas such as The Vice, The Bill, Hearts and Minds and 2000 Acres of Sky.
Ayrton said Black’s book would be a "wonderful addition" to the list. Among other recent music titles Serpent’s Tail has published Jah Wobble’s autobiography Memoirs of a Geezer.
Ayrton added: "A 2-tone memoir, a women’s insider account of the music business and a story of growing up as a black child in a white family, Black by Design is brilliant in many varied ways."
Black said: "I believe that Black by Design has found the perfect home at Serpent’s Tail. I have long admired their maverick commitment to new voices and in particular the diversity and breadth of their catalogue… It is an enormous thrill to be on such a list."
For more info go www.theselecter.net/