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Pauline Black & Rhoda Dakar: 40 Years of 2-Tone

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Pauline Black (The Selecter) and Rhoda Dakar (The Bodysnatchers & Special AKA) discuss the iconic 2-Tone label and its music

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Pauline was a founding member of 2 Tone ska band The Selecter who were formed in Coventry in 1979. The Selecter, along with the Specials and Madness, are credited with starting the ska revival movement. The Selecter released two albums and five hit singles for the 2-Tone Label. After the band split in 1982, she pursued a career in theatre, TV and Film. From 1991 she led a reformed Selecter for 15 years releasing several new albums. In 2006 she took a sabbatical from The Selecter, to write her memoirs Black By Design . She is currently on a 40th anniversary tour with the Selecter .

Rhoda joined The Bodysnatchers in 1979. Their first single was a double A-side, "Let's Do Rocksteady" backed with "Ruder Than You". It reached # 22 in the UK Singles Chart. The band were invited to appear on Top of the Pops, to tour with The Selecter and to record a session for BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel. Their second single "Easy Life" coupled with their version of Bob Andy's "Too Experienced" reached number 50. After The Specials announced their break up in 1981, Jerry Dammers formed a new band called The Special AKA, along with Rhoda and John Bradbury. Their first single release, "The Boiler" reached # 35 in the UK Singles Chart.

In 2015 she returned to the studio to re-record The Bodysnatchers tracks for the album Rhoda Dakar Sings the Bodysnatchers. The line up for the recording included Lynval Golding and Horace Panter from The Specials.

Pauline and Rhoda will be discussing the iconic 2-Tone label, the music it produced and the opportunities it gave young musicians of the time.

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