Although The Selecter had debuted on disc back in April, 1979, when their eponymous song had appeared with The Specials' "Gangsters" on a Top 10 double A-sided single, in reality "On My Radio" was their first true release, for "The Selecter" itself had boasted guitarist Neol Davies alone, backed by The Specials.
By the summer, Davies's virtual band was a reality, and like their 2 Tone labelmates, The Selecter offered up an intriguing amalgamation of Jamaican styles - the forceful riffing and insistent rhythms of reggae delivered up at a rocksteady pace, and with all the enthusiasm of early ska. However, the group just sounded more authentically island than the rest.
The only thing they lacked was the brass, but here Desmond Brown made up for that, riffing vivaciously away, while the rest of The Selecter pummeled their way across the rhythm. Meanwhile, Pauline Black, deftly backed by Arthur "Gappa" Henderson, bemoans that her beau prefers the beats to her, leaving her radio in hand listener in the same old shows. Written by Davies, it's a clever blend of an affairs of the heart theme and a swipe at the woefully limited state of Britain's airwaves. The stations played it anyway, and the single soared into the Top 10 that autumn.