On My Radio
1997: Snapper Music/Recall SMD CD 138
That On My Radio didnt reach my ears until 2006 was bad enough, but that I missed its reincarnation in 1991 (and this CDs release in 1997) is exasperating. The Selecter have been active and creative, and Id no clue of their existence.
I only found out about the 1991 version of On My Radio (which is essentially the same arrangement and tempo as the original, but more robustly equipped and therefore punchier) when I was doing searches on YouTube.com for long-lost music videos from decades past (its the only part of YouTube that interests me). The video for the latter version was there, and it was FUNand Id have to concur with the viewer who commented that Pauline Black is sex on a stick in this video, as she was indeed lookin FINE.
She also delivers a nice range of vocal styles arrayed across an equally diverse assortment of songs, not all of which are ska. Their cover of I Can See Clearly Now is completely unlike anything else on the album, and its damned catchy. Disc Two is all live performances, and these are faster and more frantic than the studio stuff, which makes for a completely different listening experience you dont just swan from the first disc to the second, you need to take them in separate doses.
My one gripe about the CD is that it has no credits or information about the recordings! No personnel lists, no context, just song titles and songwriters last names. Unfortunate.
Comments © 2007 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.