Three Minute Hero – The Selecter (1980)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl record art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the 1980 hit, Three Minute Hero by English 2-Tone and ska revival band, The Selecter. The vinyl single has been reworked into a silhouette of a pork pie hat as worn by the band and fans of the era.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of The Selecter,  Ska, Heroes, Pork Pie Hats or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Three Minute Hero
Media Artist/s: The Selecter
Record Label: Two-Tone
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Ska

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Additional information about this, The Selecter vinyl art.

The Selecter – The Artist

The Selecter are a 2 Tone ska revival band from Coventry, England, formed in mid-1979. The Selecter featured a diverse line-up, both in terms of race and gender, initially consisting of Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson and Pauline Black on lead vocals, Neol Davies and Compton Amanor on guitar, Desmond Brown on Hammond organ, Charley ‘H’ Bembridge on drums, and Charley Anderson on bass. The band’s name is based on the term “selector”, which is a Jamaican word for disc jockey. The band were one of the most successful ska bands of the 2 Tone era, notching up several top forty singles in the British charts. Having co-released the first 2 Tone Ska single with The Specials, they are considered one of the founding acts of the movement. Though highly influential, the original lineup only remained together for a year, and even with replacement players the band only continued until breaking up in 1981.

Three Minute Hero – The Song

‘Three Minute Hero’ is a song and single written by Neol Davies and performed by the English 2 tone ska revival band the Selecter. It is the opening track on side one of their debut studio album Too Much Pressure. Released in 1980, the song reached number 16 on the UK charts, staying there for six weeks.

The Pork Pie Hat – The Shape

This record has been modelled into a modern day pork pie hat. A pork pie hat is one of several different styles of hat that have been popular in one context or another since the mid-19th century, all of which bear superficial resemblance to a pork pie. Though it the Pork Pie hat has gone in and out of fashion since it was first introduced it saw a slight resurgence in exposure and popularity after Gene Hackman’s character Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle wore one in the 1971 film The French Connection since then it is often wore by fans of Ska and the band The Selecter.


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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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