Bo selecter! The Beat and Pauline Black from the Selecter celebrate 2-Tone anniversary in Bloomsbury, Autumn 2010

2010 marks the anniversary of a music-movement that turned into a socio-political comment, back in the late 70s. The advent of Two-Tone as a proper label in 1980 strengthened the belief that music is one colour, made by many colours - and it released an enviable catalogue to strengthen this statement. The Specials are the obvious band that come to mind when discussing the label, after all Jerry Dammers formed it in the first place, but two further acts had their fair share of fine singles and at least one album in their armoury. The Beat and The Selecter's names were not the first to be scrawled across my school-jotter or scratched onto the back of my Texas calculator in 1980, but they were one of the few bands I would keep playing 'on my radio' if they came on.

The Beat
 

The Beat

The Beat were fronted by the comparatively pretty Dave Wakeling and backed-up by Ranking Roger who was the energy and the focal point for the rude-boys in the audience. Hits such as "Tears of a Clown", the exemplary "Mirror In The Bathroom" and "Hands Off She's Mine" all came from one top-notch album, "I Just Can't Stop It", and you can see the whole thing performed in its entirety on 9th October at the Bloomsbury Theatre for the princely sum of £25 plus fees. This is a one-off gig and part of the ongoing 30-year anniversary, celebrating Two-Tone landmarks.

Make your selection: Pauline Black or The Selecter

Fans of The Selecter have two reasons to rejoice, or two reasons to be upset. The first is Pauline black and the second is The Selecter. Why? Well, both acts are going to be playing London gigs in the coming months, but unfortunately they'll be playing separately.

Pauline Black
 

Pauline Black

Being played at same venue as The Beat gig on 13th November, is the performance of "Too Much Pressure" by Pauline Black from the Selecter. Heavy on ska-influence, this cheeky debut contained the super singles "Missing Words" and "Three Minute Hero" and gave them a Top 5 Album Chart placing. Although the even-bigger tune, "On My Radio" missed the cut for the final track-listing, I am sure they'll give it, and their debut single track "The Selecter", a spin on the night. Again, tickets cost £25 plus fees.

The Selecter

Featuring founder member, guitarist Neol Davies, The Selecter, complete with a new male lead singer and all-female horn section will play a return gig at Hoxton's Bar and Kitchen on 29th July. Tickets cost just £15 and are on sale now.

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