The Selecter, The English Beat


Past Event

Location Info:

The Glass House
200 W. Second St.
Pomona, CA  91766
The Selecter get overshadowed in this country by fellow early-’80s British ska revivalists The Specials and Madness, but they are led by Pauline Black, the most musically assured singer in the 2 Tone scene. The daughter of a Yoruba prince and an Anglo-Jewish mother, Black is an ebullient and nuanced vocalist who imbues such trademark songs as “On My Radio” and “Three Minute Hero” with a soulful intensity that’s lacking in the mostly white singers of the English ska revival. After battling with former members over the right to use The Selecter name, Black now owns the band name and still performs with fellow original co-vocalist Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson. Former leader of all-female ska combo The Bodysnatchers, Rhoda Dakar is another influential vocalist who reclaimed her own legacy with the 2015 remake album Rhoda Dakar Sings the Bodysnatchers.


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