The Selecter

Missing Words

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"Missing Words" was a bit of a change of pace for The Selecter, it was a song that dealt strictly with personal affairs, and more accurately a broken relationship. Neol Davies may have written the song, but Pauline Black delivers up the lyrics with all the passion and anger his words required.

The arrangement is equally vehement, the insistent rhythm, a mass attack of drums, bass, guitar riffs and keyboard riff, is counterpointed by flashes of Davies' own lead guitar, an incredibly aggressive backing, Black adds the emotion, and together the group made this number a stand-out.

It was initially included on the group's 1980 debut Too Much Pressure album, but was spun off onto 45 in March that same year. And although it was the first of their discs to miss the Top 10, the single still found its way into the Top 25.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Too Much Pressure 1980 Captain Oi! Records
Selected Selections 1989 2-Tone 3:23
Out on the Streets 1992 Receiver 4:10
The Two Tone Compilation: A Checkered Past 1993
Various Artists
Chrysalis Records 3:20
Ranking and Skanking: The Best of Punky Reggae 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:25
On My Radio 1996 Recall (UK) 3:42
Rudie's Choice, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Blue Moon 4:08
Best of the Selecter 1996 Disky 3:20
Greatest Hits 1996 EMI Music Distribution 3:22
Very Best of Selecter 1997 Triple X Entertainment 3:52
Don't Call Me Ska Face 1997
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill
Ska Giants 1997
Various Artists
Cleopatra 4:28
No. 1 Ska Album 1997
Various Artists
Polygram 3:21
Ska Giants [Disc #3] 1997
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 4:28
Kings of Ska 1998
Various Artists
Receiver 4:10
Ska'd for Life 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 4:28
In the Mood for Ska 2000
Various Artists
Harry May 3:52
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Unplugged for the Rude Boy Generation 2002 Mapps Cafe 3:22
Trojan Box Set: Ska Revival 2004
Various Artists
Sanctuary 4:11
Street Feeling 2005 Trojan / Sanctuary 0:00
Indie Singles Collection 1991-1996 2013 Badfish / Cleopatra 4:25
100 Hits: 80s Chartbusters
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Music Group / DMG 100 3:23
Get on the Train to Skaville Secret Records 4:10
The Best of 2 Tone [Chrysalis]
Various Artists
2-Tone / Chrysalis Records 3:19
The Best of 2 Tone [Rhino]
Various Artists
Parlophone / Warner Music 3:24