The Selecter perform live in The Current studios

  1. Listen The Selecter perform live in The Current studios

    Sep 13, 2013

Born out of the second wave of ska that emerged from the epicenter of Coventry in England's West Midlands, the Selecter broke new musical ground and gained legendary status through their association with 2 Tone Records.

Still as vital as ever, the Selecter have continued touring and releasing albums. On their way to a show at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, The Selecter stopped into The Current's studios to perform a live set and to chat with David Campbell.

Front woman Pauline Black described how, in the late '70s, ska found an audience among punk rockers because people just "can't fail to dance to it." Black also explained how, on a much larger level, ska provided a powerful force against racism — by uniting people through music — in an era before multiculturalism was even a concept.

Now with an eye to the future, Black and the rest of the Selecter are making new songs while celebrating their back catalogue, and are looking ahead to how ska will continue to grow and to find new audiences.

Producer: Derrick Stevens; Engineer: Michael DeMark

Songs Performed

"James Bond"
"Three Minute Hero"
"Missing Words"

Guests

  • The Selecter

Resources

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9 Photos

  • Pauline Black and Arthur 'Gaps' Hendrickson of The Selecter.
    Pauline Black and Arthur 'Gaps' Hendrickson of The Selecter. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
  • Drummer Winston Marche of The Selecter, with guitarist Anthony Harty in the foreground.
    Drummer Winston Marche of The Selecter, with guitarist Anthony Harty in the foreground. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
  • Front woman Pauline Black of The Selecter
    Front woman Pauline Black of The Selecter (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
  • Guitarist Anthony Harty of The Selecter.
    Guitarist Anthony Harty of The Selecter. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
  • Greg Coulson on keys for The Selecter.
    Greg Coulson on keys for The Selecter. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
  • The Selecter's rhythm section of Winston Marche (drums) and John Thompson (bass),
    The Selecter's rhythm section of Winston Marche (drums) and John Thompson (bass), (MPR photo/Luke Taylor)
  • Horn section Orlando LaRose and Neil Pyzer-Skeete of The Selecter.
    Horn section Orlando LaRose and Neil Pyzer-Skeete of The Selecter. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
  • Members of The Selecter make themselves at home in The Current's studio.
    Members of The Selecter make themselves at home in The Current's studio. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
  • The Selecter's Anthony Harty's guitars.
    The Selecter's Anthony Harty's guitars. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
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