The Selecter

  • The Selecter

    Saturday 10th October 2015

    Doors Open: 19:00

    Advanced Ticket Price: £17.50

    Age Restriction: 14+

    Event Details:

    The Gig Cartel Presents The Selecter With Pauline Black & Arthur ‘Gaps” Hendrickson Supported by Samuel S. Parkes


    “Pauline Black and Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson reconvened to honour their debut album Too Much Pressure. This current formation is a festival-hardened entertainment spectacle to behold” The Guardian


    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 Glastonbury and Isle Of Wight.


    2015 sees the band touring with new album “Subculture” while still playing all their classic hits live!




    The Selecter – Line-up


    Lead Vox: Pauline Black

    Lead Vox: Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson

    Drums: Winston Marche

    Guitar: Anthony Harty

    Keyboards: Greg Coulson

    Bass: John Thompson

    Horns: Neil Pyzer & Orlando LaRose


    Discography 1979- 2015


    The Singles

    1979 – On My Radio/Too Much Pressure [2-Tone]

    1980 – Three Minute Hero/Carry Go Bring Come [2-Tone]

    1980 – Missing Words/Street Feeling [2-Tone]

    1980 – The Whisper/Train to Skaville [2-Tone]

    1981 – Celebrate The Bullet/Last Tango in Dub [Chrysalis]


    The Albums

    1980 – Too Much Pressure [2-Tone]

    1981 – Celebrate The Bullet [Chrysalis]

    1992 – Out On The Streets Again [Triple X]

    1993 – The Selecter® and Prince Buster (Madness) [Triple X]

    1994 – The Happy Album (studio recording) [Triple X]

    1995 – Pucker [Triple X]

    1996 – Back Out On The Streets [Triple X]

    1997 – The Very Best Of The Selecter® [Triple X]

    1998 – Cruel Britannia [Snapper]

    1999 – Trojan Songbook Vol 1 [Trojan]

    2000 – Trojan Songbook Vol 2 [Trojan]

    2001 – Trojan Songbook Vol3 [Trojan]

    2002 – Unplugged For The Rudeboy Generation [Almafame]

    2003 – Real To Reel [Captain Mod]

    2011 – Made in Britain [Vocaphone Records]

    2012 – Live in Britain [Vocaphone Records]

    2013 – String Theory [Vocaphone Records]

    2014 – Too Much Pressure [Re-issue on Captin Mod Records]

    2015 – Subculture [Vocaphone Records]



    1980 – Dance Craze [2Tone/Chrysalis Films]

    1989 – Dance Craze [2Tone/ VHS]

    2003 – Live In London [Secret Films/DVD]



    Interesting Fact


    Excerpt from a biography of John Lennon, “The Last Days Of John Lennon”, written by his butler/chauffeur, Frederic Seaman in Sept 1991:

    “Sitting at the black upright piano, Yoko mumbled the lyrics to her song as John played the melody on the white grand. Soon, he winced and motioned her to stop. Insisting that the song required a “lively backbeat” to compensate for its lack of melodic variety, John suggested trying a ska beat, he asked me to bring him a tape of The Selecter®, a British ska group that we had listened to on Long Island. I scrambled to make a cassette copy of The Selecter® album in the kitchen. When I brought John The Selecter® tape, he played it at loud volume, while fiddling with his drum machine, attempting to duplicate the frenetic beat of a song titled “Too Much Pressure”. John snapped his fingers and tried desperately to sell Yoko on the idea of incorporating the fast tempo into her song, but she would not hear of it. She demanded that John turn off the tape player and rhythm box. Gnashing his teeth in frustration, John complied.”


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