My Favorite Ska Songs: "On My Radio" The Selecter (1979)
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
April 15, 2017 8:47am CST
The Selecter were one of the premiere ska revival bands during its brief history. Formed in 1979 in Coventry, the British group was racially integrated with charismatic Pauline Black serving as lead singer. She is an interesting performer with a unique personal history who sported an androgynous look sporting a trademark fedora during her youth. The Selecter is Jamaican slang for disc jockey and much of their music was of a political nature. Written by band member Neol Davies, “On My Radio” was the Selecter’s biggest hit charting at #8 in the UK and best known single on American alternative radio. The B side was “Too Much Pressure,” another good song. “On My Radio” was basically a stand alone single not included on the UK release of debut album “Too Much Pressure” and was included on the American release. “On My Radio” is a fun infectious tune with that reggae rock beat and some distinct organ work. The Selecter broke up in 1982 and there have been revivals a and reunions since. Rewritten from a deleted post on Persona Paper.
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