The Selecter were formed in Coventry in 1979 with the success of the first 2Tone single in the UK who's B-side contained a song "Selecter" written by The Specials' John Bradbury and Neol Davies and credited to a (at the time) non-existing band called The Selecter. The band was formed immediately and developed their own identity along The Specials, Madness, The Beat and other bands playing a kind of ska revival. As Rico Rodriguez was deeply involved with The Specials' thing he also had contact with the other bands. He contributed to The Selecter's debut LP Too Much Pressure (on "Carry Go Bring Come"). The band split up in 1981, but was reformed in 1990 with a new line up. Rico was again engaged to play on their Happy Album.

The Selecter 1980 1

The Selecter, live at Kant-Kino, Berlin, 1980

Band membersEdit

Original line up:

  • Neol Davies (g)
  • Pauline Black (voc)
  • Charley Anderson (b)
  • Charlie 'H' Bembridge (dr)
  • Compton Amanor (g)
  • Arthur 'Gaps' Hendrickson (voc)
  • Desmond Brown (hammond, keyb)

After the failure of Celebrate The Bullet the band stopped playing until Pauline Black and Neol Davies were asked by Bad Manners to guest on a live performance in 1991 and finally wrote and recorded new songs for The Happy Album.

In 1999 the band had the following line-up:

  • Pauline Black (voc)
  • Nick Welsh (b)
  • Martin Stewart (keyb)
  • Paul Seacroft (g)
  • Al Fletcher (dr)
  • Dave Barker (voc)

Discography /w RicoEdit


ca. 1991:

  • "Madness" b/w Versions /w Prince Buster (Single: Triple X)



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