Dylan Murphy | 22 November
Being commonly hailed as the "Queen" of a genre of music is no mean feat, but for Pauline Black, singer/songwriter of Two-Tone legends the Selecter and universally recognised "Queen of Ska", it is something she seems to take in her stride. "People can call you whatever they like," she tells PopMatters, "so I suppose it's better that they call you something really good!
Almost four decades since the rise of British ska, Black (born Belinda Magnus) and the Selecter have been busy. They've recently finished a US tour supporting Rancid ("that was absolutely fantastic ... Tim Armstrong, what a lovely man!") and have just released Daylight, their fifth album since the band reformed in 2010. However, a lot has changed since the band's heyday and one could suggest that thanks to the mid-'90s rise of jocular bands such as Sublime and Reel Big Fish, the legitimacy of the ska genre could easily be called into question and it's an image that Black seems eager to distance herself from.