The Selecter pioneered the ska revival movement alongside labelmates, The Specials & Madness, and were responsible for some of the scene’s classic hits, including On My Radio, Three Minute Hero, Missing Words & Too Much Pressure.
The Selecter’s iconic frontwoman Pauline Black is reverently referred to as the Queen of Ska – and with good reason, with Rolling Stone Magazine declaring, “Hands down, Pauline Black possessed the best voice that ever graced a 2-Tone release” and Gwen Stefani citing her as one of her formative influences.
In 2010, Black reunited with the band’s co-singer, the brilliantly charismatic Gaps Hendrickson known for his incisive toasting on the mic, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their classic Too Much Pressure. Since then, this refreshed and revitalised line-up have been the recipients of a wave of critical and popular acclaim for their brilliant 2011 album, Made In Britain.
As a thank you to their fans, both old and new, in October 2012, they embark on a brand new 11 date tour in support of their NEW album ‘Live In Britain’, which showcases the best of their incendiary ‘live’ set recorded on their near sell-out ‘Made In Britain’ tour in March 2012.
.. ‘dynamic, charismatic but also fun-loving.’.- The Scotsman
.’.an album that would sit comfortably next to The Selecter’s 1980 debut “Too Much Pressure’ – Mojo Magazine 2011
‘Made In Britain’ successfully explored the multicultural landscape of today’s Britain & beyond. Mixing ska, pop and reggae in their inimitable style, it reflected the social and political issues confronting Britain’s new multicultural society. Just as they gave a voice to disaffected youth across the racial divide in Thatcher’s recessionary Britain thirty years ago, The Selecter have returned to a 21st Century British landscape with an unnerving number of parallels to those dark times.
The 2-tone legacy continues because the idea of multiculturalism began when black and white youth, who had grown up in Britain decided to get together and make music that reflected their particular world. The Selecter seeks to continue that conversation and carry their “Multiculturalism rules!” message forward to a new generation & with an upcoming first ever tour of Australia in Nov 2012 and America in 2013, spread that message to the rest of the world.
THE SELECTER – MADE IN BRITAIN TOUR DATES – OCTOBER 2012
Oct 4th 02 Academy Leicester 08444999999
Oct 5th Carnival Artz Centre Luton 01582437100
Oct 7th 02 Academy Oxford 08444999999
Oct 11th The Crypt (Town hall) Middlesborough 08442485055
Oct 12th Picturedrome Holmfirth 08444780898
Oct 13th Band On The Wall Manchester 08452500500
Oct 14th The Venue Derby 013322035
Oct 18th Old Fire Station Bournemouth 08444999999
Oct 19th The Wharf Tavistock 01822611166
Oct 20th Queens Hall Narberth 01834869323
Oct 21st Komedia Bath 08452938480
Pauline Black’s well-received autobiography ‘Black By Design’ was published in America in June 2012 and 2nd UK edition with new extra chapter was published in July 2012.