Pauline Black's Spotify Playlist


Tuesday 11th February 2014

Iconic Ska Legends, The Selecter have announced that they will celebrate their 35 year anniversary with an extensive 26-date UK tour in February, March and April 2014 (see end of post for full list of dates), performing their seminal debut album 'Too Much Pressure' in its entirety for the first time ever.

To mark the occasion we asked lead singer, Pauline Black to act as selector and put together a Spotify playlist. Listen to the list below, and read on for Pauline's words about the songs she has picked.

Rhoda Dakar with Special AKA - The Boiler
The 2-tone movement stood against racism & sexism, but the anti-sexist message is often forgotten. Rhoda Dakar, lead singer with The Bodysnatchers kills it when she riffs an ultimately devastating monologue about date rape over a spooky, unassuming backing track that perfectly captures the malevolent mood of the lyrics.

The Pretenders - Brass In Pocket
Chrissie Hynde is one of the great singer/songwriters, an incisive lyricist that has the chops not only to articulate the words but infuse them with a musical yearning and deftness of touch that leaves the listener breathless The haunting guitar of the late, great Jimmy Honeyman-Scott provides a mournful counterpoint to Chrissie’s tasteful, but tender use of vibrato. 

White Mice - The Modettes
‘Don’t be gimpy, don’t be limp’ sings Ramona in what is one of the most under-rated punk singles. Their quirky lyrics & unique rhythmic sensibility set them apart from many of the all-female bands of the late 70’s. They regularly supported The Selecter on our early London gigs & a couple of these fine ladies are still my friends today.

Norma Tanega - Walkin’ My Cat Named dog
In 1966 her debut single, "Walkin' My Cat Named Dog", reached No.22 on the US Billboard 100 chart. Not many people know that she wrote lyrics for many songs on the late, great Dusty Springfield’s albums. Norma was a true original in every sense of the word.

Sandie Shaw - Long Live Love
A pure slice of the 60’s that reminds me of thoughts of unrequited love, spotty boys, & dancing around my handbag with a very short mini skirt and white tights and red shoes at school discos. Memories!

Amy Winehouse - Love Is A Losing Game 
Taken from her mega successful ‘Back To Black’ album this is torch singing par excellence.  Her effortless ability to make the listener believe every word she uttered will make this young lady’s songs classics into the next century and beyond.  What a pity that her own light was snuffed out so soon.

Blondie - Heart Of Glass
The Selecter had the pleasure of supporting Blondie at Hammersmith Odeon in very early 1980 when this song was a hit. A rotating silver disco ball descended on the stage as the opening riff of the song began, Debbie Harry’s detached, fragile vocal resolutely conveyed the cool mood of this perfect pop song.

The Slits - Typical Girls
They were the very first punk band I ever saw at the now demolished Queen’s Theatre in Coventry. They were wild, defiant & re-defined punk for women. Inventive music for typical girls.

The Selecter - Too Much Pressure
Even after 35 years, I can still safely say that life in The Selecter is still too much pressure.

The Selecter 35th anniversary tour dates:

27th February - Guildhall, Gloucester
28th February - Princess Pavilion, Falmouth
1st March - O2 Academy, Liverpool
2nd March - O2 Academy, Sheffield
6th March - Komedia, Bath  
7th March - Pavilion, Exmouth
8th March - Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
9th March - O2 Academy, Oxford
13th March - O2 Academy, Birmingham
14th March - 229 Club, London
15th March - The Globe, Cardiff
16th March - Old Firestation, Bournemouth
20th March - Assembly, Leamington Spa
21st March - Rock City, Nottingham
22nd March - Brudenell, Leeds
23rd March - Sub 89, Reading
27th March - Trades Club, Hebdon Bridge
28th March - Brickyard, Carlisle
29th March - Windsor Hotel, Kirkcaldy
30th March - ABC2, Glasgow
3rd April - The Square, Harlow
4th April - Open, Norwich
5th April - Concorde 2, Brighton
11th April - Band On The Wall, Manchester
12th April - The Grand, Clitheroe
13th April - O2 Academy, Newcastle

Tickets Available from See Tickets, Gigantic and Ticketweb.

To find out more about The Selecter and their 35th anniversary tour visit


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