My Favorite Ska Songs: "On My Radio" The Selecter (1979)

@JohnRoberts (51910)
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.
Artist: Selecter Title: On My Radio Broadcast date: TV program: TopPop Video rights: AVRO http://www.avro.tv gives you easy access to unique footage. . TopPo...
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@teamfreak16 (40467)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
15 Apr 17
The Selecter was great. I used to have this on a ska compilation.
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@fishtiger58 (30380)
• Momence, Illinois
15 Apr 17
I have never heard this song, interesting, not sure I like it but I bet my hubby does. We have slightly different tastes in music.
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@crossbones27 (18545)
• Redlands, California
15 Apr 17
Pretty neat song and glad you saved this. Thanks my friend. Was refreshing to hear.
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@JohnRoberts (51910)
• Los Angeles, California
15 Apr 17
I miss the ska era of the 80s. A unique sound you don't hear anymore.
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• Redlands, California
16 Apr 17
@JohnRoberts So true, always peaks my understanding of music in a way. Many love to do the old 50's rock style in a more modern form, but have yet to hear anyone try to give respect to that sound.
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@FourWalls (12853)
• United States
16 Apr 17
Pauline Black has a bit of a Dale Bozzio feel to the singing style in that song. (Hope you don't find that insulting, because I don't mean it as anything but a compliment!)
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@JohnRoberts (51910)
• Los Angeles, California
16 Apr 17
I am a Missing Persons fan!
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@Ronrybs (7302)
• London, England
15 Apr 17
This is my favourite Selecter track and in fact, the only one I have!
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@jobelbojel (6741)
• Philippines
15 Apr 17
I have never heard of Ska before. Glad to check this out on YouTube,
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@Dena91 (4171)
• United States
15 Apr 17
I hadn't heard of them or this song until this post. Thanks for sharing and growing my musical knowledge a bit this morning.
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