While carrying out interviews for our Mod vs 2Tone special in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!, our man Guy Shankland put the thumbscrews on Pauline Black from THE SELECTER and Chris Pope from THE CHORDS in and engaged them in quickfire interviews with one word answers…


VLR. Loafers or Dr Martens? P.B. “Doc Martens.”
VLR. Tea or Coffee? P.B. “Tea.”
VLR. The Specials or The Beat? P.B. “Mmmm… (a pause and a sigh) The Specials.”
VLR. Coventry or Romford? P.B. “Oh Coventry (Laughing loudly!) “
VLR. Hat or Gloves? P.B. “Hat.”
VLR. Dogs or Cats? P.B. “Dogs.”
VLR. ‘Too Much Pressure’ or ‘Celebrate The Bullet’? P.B. “’Celebrate The Bullet’.”’
VLR. NME or Sounds? P.B. “Errrrrm… NME.”
VLR. Rock or Punk? P.B. “Mmmm… Punk.”
VLR. Bad Manners or Madness? P.B. “(Laughing) Just put a question mark!”


VLR. Loafers or Doc Martens? C.P. “Loafers, no Martens.”
VLR. 2-Tone or Punk? C.P. “Mmm… Punk.”
VLR. Highbury or The Emirates? C.P. “Highbury, all day, mate.”
VLR. Tea or Coffee? C.P. “Tea.”
VLR. The Jam or The Style Council? C.P. “The Jam.”
VLR. The Kinks or The Who? C.P. “The Who.”
VLR. Tommy or Quadrophenia? C.P. “Quadrophenia.”
VLR. London or Brighton? C.P. “London.”
VLR. Top Of The Pops or Cheggers Plays Pop? C.P. “(laughing) Top Of The Pops.”
VLR. NME or Sounds? C.P. “Mmm… Sounds was a bit more streetwise, no I’ll have to go NME as I used to buy it as a kid.”

The full Selecter and The Chords features can be found in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! out now!

The final few copies of Vive Lee Rock‘s 2Tone Special featuring The Selecter, The Specials, Interrupters, Rhoda Dakar, Madness and The Beat are available here!

Pauline Black pic by Dean Chalkley

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