The Selecter ‎– Celebrate The Bullet

Chrysalis ‎– CHR 1306
Vinyl, LP, Album



©&℗1981 Crysalis Records Ltd.

Some issues come with a black "belly band" with the bands logo on the front and the track list on the back.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ML 4494 The Selecter Celebrate The Bullet(LP, Album) Chrysalis ML 4494 South Africa 1981 Sell This Version
205 869, 205 869-270 The Selecter Celebrate The Bullet(LP, Album, RE) Chrysalis, Chrysalis 205 869, 205 869-270 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
205 869, 205 869-270 The Selecter Celebrate The Bullet(LP, Album, RP) Chrysalis, Chrysalis 205 869, 205 869-270 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CHR 1306 The Selecter Celebrate The Bullet(LP, Album, San) Chrysalis CHR 1306 US 1981 Sell This Version
203 221, 203 221-320 The Selecter Celebrate The Bullet(LP, Album) Chrysalis, Chrysalis 203 221, 203 221-320 Germany 1981 Sell This Version


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November 9, 2018

This album would have been a big hit in 1981 if it was not for the assassination attempt on Reagan - that incident killed the album (and its promotion) in its tracks. This, for me, is The Selecter's finest album: great ska and soul to a modern beat (n.b. it is not new wave nor pop music). But if you are into 2-Tone then for this album you will need an open mind and to read up on the history of the second wave of Ska (1978-1985) to see where it was heading (i.e. in this direction). A well recommended album to have (if you can find it).


February 22, 2017
we need a re-issue! An all time favorite of mines. I need a replacement.


August 22, 2014
just purchased the original UK version LP by Chrysalis (Chrysalis ‎– CHR 1306) but the cover is different than the one depicted by the entry. It looks like this:


May 10, 2011
Rude Boys Beware! - this album may not be quite what you expect. That said, I think it is well worth a try.

Like most of the bands of the 'Two Tone' explosion, The Selecter widened their musical approach and subject matter for their 'difficult' second album. However, in some ways, this album remains more faithful to the Two-Tone ethos in terms of both musical style and world-view than some of the other bands linked to the Rude Boy scene of the late 70s / early 80s. Where both the Beat and Madness branched out into wider musical forms and at the same time seemed to lose some of the more gritty political messages for a more upbeat view of life, this album retains the crisp, punchy Two Tone ska rhythms and a serious approach to the political and social issues of the day.

However, it is likely that some die-hard Two-Tone traditionalists would find this album hard to swallow, as it represents a much clearer divergence from the original Two-Tone sound than 'More Specials' (the Specials second album) and Bad Manners (who just continue banging the old ska drum), to produce a sound more akin to some of the Fun Boy Three output, or 'In The Studio' by the new-look Special AKA.

Unlike their first album, there are no covers of any old ska standards here, and while Neol Davies continues to be the major song-writer there are also a number of worthy contributions by other members (Pauline Black, Comi Amanor and Gaps Hendrickson). And while the first album contained a number of clear cut hit singles there is not much here that jumps out as a candidate for a top-ten hit, and yet the music is varied and accomplished and there are no real duff tracks included. The stand outs for me are possibly Bristol and Miami and Washed Up And Left For Dead (which has a element of the haunting ska sounds of the Specials' 'Ghost Town' or Madness' 'Razor Blade Alley'). Their Dream Goes On and Cool Blue Lady illustrate an interesting and refreshing evolution of the essential Two-Tone sound while Tell Me What's Wrong is reminiscent of a more traditional sound.

Many of the tracks, including Bristol and Miami, Bombscare, Selling Out Your Future and Deepwater anchor this record firmly in its era, with unemployment, race riots and the threat of nuclear annihilation representing the angsts of much of the population at the time and it is fair to say that there are not many laughs here. But if you like your ska to have a political undertone, rather than just cheerful ska versions of well known tunes, this album will not let you down.

While I cannot promise that this album will be to everyone's taste, it is no lemon, and for anyone with a broad interest in the era and the Two Tone sound and ethos it might just be a hidden gem.