Review: The Selecter at The Wedgewood Rooms

Pauline Black of The Selecter at The Wedgewood Rooms. Picture: Paul Windsor
Pauline Black of The Selecter at The Wedgewood Rooms. Picture: Paul Windsor
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WHILE it’s safe to say looking around the sold-out venue that quite a few of these rude boys were here first time round – there are also plenty who weren’t even born when the ska classic we’re here to celebrate was released.

Seminal 2 Tone act, The Selecter were at the Wedge to play their debut, Too Much Pressure in full, to mark it, and 2 Tone’s, 35th anniversary. And from the off the crowd was in party mode, bellowing much of the words right back at the eight-piece band.

Iconic is an often abused word, but frontwoman Pauline Black deserves it – as the sole woman in a male-dominated scene, she carved out her own niche.

And she’s a commanding performer.

Three Minute Hero, the title track and a rollicking James Bond are among the highlights, before they reel off On My Radio in the encores.

While toaster Gaps Hendrickson is drenched with sweat by the end, Black looks as cool, in every sense, as ever.