Ska revivalists The Selecter were formed in Coventry in 1979 by guitarist Neol Davies with drummer John Bradbury. Their debut single, also called "The Selecter," was the flip side of the Special AKA's hit single "Gangsters
." By the time they'd released it, Bradbury had left The Selecter to join The Specials and he actually plays on both songs.
Following the success of The Selecter's eponymous song, Davies recruited further band members, including vocalist Pauline Black. They released "On My Radio" as their debut single as a seven-piece.