1980 was the year I first properly got into music. Not quite in my teens I’d received a stereo radio cassette player for my birthday and a wedge of Boots vouchers, (sounds shit today, but at the time most Boots had a semi-decent music department; as well as a chemist???). With those vouchers and a couple of quid my Granddad gave me, I bought my first three cassette albums – Pretenders, the first Specials album and the recently released debut album from their 2-Tone stable mates ‘Too Much Pressure’ by The Selecter.
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I’m not sure how long it lasted, but I literally played that cassette to death, to the point where it stretched, snapped and wound itself around the internal workings of the tape machine. I loved it; so much so, I even copied the album artwork for a project at school.
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Since then the cassette player has long been consigned to the skip and, sadly, ska music is no longer a feature of mainstream music. But, for an all too brief period of time, 2 Tone ruled the airwaves, and in my own little world I felt very much a part of it, which is why I’m more than a bit excited at the prospect of a new album and really excited at the possibility of seeing The Selecter live.
February and March sees Pauline Black and co. embark on a 22 date tour of the UK. The tour celebrates 5 years since their reunion & to support the release of their brand new album ‘Subculture’, which will be released in Spring 2015. Here’s Pauline to tell you all about it…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg3wf0rYyE8

Catch The Selecter live at the following:
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Tickets available via www.theselecter.net

-stAn