Pauline Black brings The Selecter to Sub89By Linda Serck
February 29, 2012
The original rude girl of ska is on the phone to me and speaks more like a grande dame than someone who is soon to be jumping about on stage in Reading.
Pauline Black is, of course, the iconic frontwoman of The Selecter, the Coventry outfit who formed in 1979 and went on to become a seminal two-tone band alongside The Specials and Madness.
Thirty years down the line and Black is back, this time with her original co-singer Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson.
The Selecter are coming to Reading tomorrow as part of a UK tour to celebrate their current album Made In Britain.
“It takes in the whole style of ska music and it’s very much an album about what we feel about Britain today,” she tells me.
“We live in a multicultural society – that was the whole thing that Gaps and I were thinking when we were writing songs for it – the music was made in Britain, it’s our experience of the two-tone era through to now.
“That has very much been about the mixing up of people and people getting along or not getting along.
“The two-tone legacy, which obviously we carry with us, was very much about that to begin with, about black and white people playing on stage.
“Gaps and I took it one step further by having a one male and one female duo at the front. I think that is what really marked us out more than anything. All the other bands were very much male dominated.”
As well as tracks from Made In Britain, which was released last year, you can expect to hear the classic hits including On My Radio, Three Minute Hero, Missing Words and Too Much Pressure.
Catch The Selecter at Sub89, Friar Street, Reading. Doors open 8pm. Tickets £14. More info at www.sub89.com