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The Selecter , listeners Related Tags ska two-tone 2 tone The Selecter, a ska revival band from Coventry, England, formed in the late s as one of the essential bands of the British ska movement. The profilic lead singer is Pauline Black. The Selecter featured a racially mixed line up, and the name of the band is a reference to the Jamaican word for a music selecter, known elsewhere as the DJ. The Selecter, a ska revival band from Coventry, England, formed in the late s as one of the essential bands of the British ska movement.
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Thursday 26 March Friday 27 March Saturday 28 March Monday 30 March Tuesday 31 March Wednesday 1 April Thursday 2 April Friday 3 April Saturday 4 April Sunday 5 April Monday 6 April Tuesday 7 April This may or may not be true, but suffice to say she had not had the training that allowed Jerry Dammers to create the idea for our Too Much Pressure artwork.
She was perhaps not the best person to start styling a band or producing professional artwork at a time when the band's career was in serious jeopardy and could have benefitted from a designer with a real vision.
Jane's "absurd" band stylings accompanied a new look for band members, an image change which "wasn't going to help either;" Black forgone her "trademark trigly hat and Fred Perry 's in favour of a frizzy Afro and jump suit. In retrospect this was a terrible mistake and I should have had the foresight and sense to resist, but at times I am the kind of person who says 'anything for a quiet life' and, to be honest, I was by now totally at sea.
On 6 February , Chrysalis released "Celebrate the Bullet" as the album's lead single. However, its release date was "unfortunate timing" due to the murder of John Lennon two months earlier. The United Kingdom's leading radio station at the time, BBC Radio 1 , banned the track as their DJ Mike Read , taking the song name literally, believed the band "were trying to say something clever about [Lennon's murder], which of course couldn't have been further from the truth.
No further singles wet released from the album, and it only reached number 41 on the UK Albums Chart and staying on the chart for only four weeks, a huge decline from the top 5 peak achieved by Too Much Pressure. Upon release, Celebrate the Bullet was received indifferently by music critics.
In The Village Voice , Robert Christgau rated the album "B—" and said "with Pauline Black fallen under the influence of Lene Lovich and the groove wavering along with her, it's up to the songwriting. Which features more dreams, water, reflections, stormy weather, and "jagged imagery" than is healthy for bomb scare victims or ska bands. Nonetheless, the album has in more recent times has seen more praise than distaste. In an interview with Pauline Black, one journalist said it was "his favourite album of the entire 2-Tone era.
Black considers Celebrate the Bullet to be one of the band's best albums, and to be superior to its predecessor. Speaking to Exclusive Magazine in , she said: " Celebrate the Bullet was in my opinion, musically a much better album than Too Much Pressure , but unfortunately the release coincided with the gun murder of John Lennon and the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.
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Switching on the city lighting All the homes feel so secure 'cos the west is ever caring She can keep your home fires burning Switching to a bedroom… View full lyrics. Play track. Artist images 16 more. The Selecter , listeners Related Tags ska two-tone 2 tone The Selecter, a ska revival band from Coventry, England, formed in the late s as one of the essential bands of the British ska movement. The profilic lead singer is Pauline Black. The Selecter featured a racially mixed line up, and the name of the band is a reference to the Jamaican word for a music selecter, known elsewhere as the DJ.
The Selecter, a ska revival band from Coventry, England, formed in the late s as one of the essential bands of the British ska movement. The S… read more. The Selecter are known for hits as ' On My Radi… read more. Similar Artists Play all. Trending Tracks 1.
Features Exploring the local sounds and scenes at Noise Pop Fest. Albums of the latest and loved, and the ones to look out for discover By okspud1 15 Feb am. Thursday 26 March Friday 27 March Saturday 28 March Monday 30 March Tuesday 31 March Wednesday 1 April Thursday 2 April Friday 3 April This is a dark, haunting, bluesy iteration of ska that has to my knowledge never been attemped before or since.
For that reason it is a very unique record. If you love the genre of ska, it is a must-have, for it delivers an interpretation of ska that quite simply cannot be found on any other disc. This is one of the most unique ska albums ever recorded. Naturally, the critics beat it into the ground because The Selecter dared to break the mold. It's especially depressing given the rave reviews Too Much Pressure, a by the books ska project, got back in the day. I have this edition of the CD.
The bonus material is nice, but it's the original album you'll want to hear over and over again. It's very intense, emotional music.
I'd like to live in an alternative universe where this album was praised the day it was released. It could have really opened up a new path for ska, which has essentially remained exactly the same for the life of the genre, except for this album. Some bands have moved beyond ska, but only The Selecter dared to expand and evolve the genre.
I wasn't expecting much when I first checked the Selecter's second effort out; I figured since it wasn't really remembered with such reverance as, say, Madness' "One Step Beyond", or the namesake debut of The Specials, it probably wasn't a very good album. Well, since giving it a first listen, I've done anything but put it away and let it collect dust.
It is a surprisingly good album, with melodies that stick in your head, and some absolutely great vocal work from Pauline Black in songs like "Bombscare", "Cool Blue Lady", and "Bristol and Miami".
It's got that fun ska sound, but the way it's played, it's given a more serious edge, and many of the songs seem very prevalent in today's society. Why this album didn't fare very well back in is something I can only ponder: could it have been the fact that it was the tail-end of the 2-Tone era, or maybe the problem is more aesthetic don't care for the album cover much?
Either way, "Celebrate The Bullet" certainly deserves more than to be forgotten about. Definitely check this out, especially if you're into ska at all. Band members Charley Anderson and Desmond Brown, uncomfortable with the new approach, left the band during production and after the release of single "The Whisper" to form the band The People. They were replaced by keyboard player, James Mackie, and bass player, Adam Williams.Selling Out Your Future Lyrics: Switching on the city lighting / All the homes feel so secure / 'Cause the west is ever caring / She can keep your home fires burning / Switching to a bedroom.