The Selecter

Genres: Pop / Rock Reggae
Descriptive "tags": ska two-tone Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s


When Coventry, England’s Specials needed a b-side for their own debut, ‘Gangsters’, they approached fellow local musician Neol Davies. With the assistance of John Bradbury aka Prince Rimshot (drums), and Barry Jones (trombone), Davies concocted the instrumental track ‘The Selecter’. Released on the Specials’ own 2-Tone label, the single took off with both sides receiving airplay. This meant that a band had to be formed to tour. Bradbury was busy drumming for the Specials and Jones had returned to his newsagent business so Davies assembled the Selecter Mk II. This consisted of Pauline Black (vocals), Davies (guitar), Crompton Amanor (drums, vocals), Charles H. Bainbridge (drums), Gappa Hendricks, Desmond Brown (keyboards) and Charlie Anderson (bass). Anderson claims the original ska superstar, Prince Buster, among his ancestors.

The Selecter’s 1980 debut album featured the renowned ska trombonist Rico...

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