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Q&A: 9 questions for The Selecter and The Beat featuring Ranking Roger

The Selecter and The Beat featuring Ranking Roger play Belfast this week.
The Selecter and The Beat featuring Ranking Roger play Belfast this week.

The Selecter and The Beat featuring Ranking Roger have announced a return to Belfast's Mandela Hall on Friday, 16 March.

The 2-Tone legends teamed up in 2017 and played a sold out Belfast show at The Limelight 1 in the city.

Ahead of their latest gig we asked them a few quickfire questions:

1. What's the best and worst thing that's ever happened to you on stage?

The best thing that’s ever happened on stage was in the early 1979 2-tone tour days, when the members of The Specials, Madness and The Selecter all sang Happy Birthday to me at a club in Plymouth called The Fiesta.

The worst thing that ever happened was being pulled off stage by adoring Austrian fans at an outdoor festival straight into the mud. I was dressed in a white suit. Not a pretty sight, particularly as this happened at the beginning of the set.

2. Who is your music idol and have you ever met them?

My music idol is probably Nina Simone, mostly because of her uncompromising musical and political stance.

And yes, I had the opportunity to interview Ms Simone in the early 80’s for a show that I presented for Channel 4, Black On Black. Needless to say, she ate my younger self for breakfast and then spat out my bones.

3. Can your music be described in one word?

2-Tone - you only specified one word, not how many numbers!

4. Can your music be described in five words?

Makes you want to dance.

5. What can the Belfast audience expect from your upcoming show?

Non-stop dancing, all the hits and some choice cuts of our newest album ‘Daylight’.

6. What song is your biggest guilty pleasure?

Joe Dolce’s Shaddup ya face.

7. Do you know what an Ulster Fry is?

A traditional fry up consisting of two fried eggs, lightly browned potato and soda bread, pork sausages, crispy bacon, black pudding and a large red tomato.

8. Who would you love to perform a duet with?

Rankin’ Roger from The Beat

9. If you had to listen to one song on repeat for 24 hours, what would it be?

Long Shot Kick The Bucket by The Pioneers

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