Too Much Pressure

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Too Much Pressure
Studio album by The Selecter
Released 23 February 1980
Recorded Horizon Studios, Coventry
Genre Ska
Label 2 Tone
Producer Errol Ross, The Selecter
The Selecter chronology
Too Much Pressure
Celebrate the Bullet
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau A−[1]
Smash Hits 7/10[2]

Too Much Pressure was the first album by British ska band The Selecter. It was released in 1980 on 2 Tone records. The album charted at # 5 in the United Kingdom.

The title track "Too Much Pressure" was featured in the film The Abyss.

LP track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Neol Davies; except where indicated

Side one[edit]

  1. "Three Minute Hero" - 3.00
  2. "Everyday (Time Hard)" (The Pioneers) - 3.10
  3. "They Make Me Mad" (Pauline Black, Desmond Brown) - 2.47
  4. "Missing Words" - 3.22
  5. "Danger" (Selecter) - 2.38
  6. "Street Feeling" - 3.11
  7. "My Collie (Not A Dog)" (Robert Spencer, Johnny Roberts) - 2.45

(The US, Canadian, and Swedish releases of this album includes "On My Radio" as the first cut, change the name of "Everyday" to "Time Hard" and move "Three Minute Hero" to the last cut on Side One.)

Side two[edit]

  1. "Too Much Pressure" - 3.48
  2. "Murder" (Leon & Owen) - 2.39
  3. "Out On The Streets" - 3.28
  4. "Carry Go "Bring Come" (Justin Hinds) - 3.02
  5. "Black and Blue" (Pauline Black) - 3.17
  6. "James Bond" (Monty Norman) - 2.16

(The US, Canadian, and Swedish releases of this album includes "They Make Me Mad" as the third cut on Side Two.)


Five tracks on this album are cover versions: "My Collie (Not A Dog)" is a version of Millie's "My Boy Lollipop" rewritten to be about cannabis; "Murder" was originally recorded by Leon and Owen; "Carry Go Bring Come" was a hit record for Justin Hinds; "Everyday (Time Hard)" was originally recorded by the Pioneers as "Time Hard"; "James Bond" is a recording of the classic James Bond theme by Monty Norman, first done in a ska style by Roland Alphonso.


The album cover design is credited to "Teflon" Sims and David Storey, with photography by Rick Mann. The cover photo is of Steve Eaton.


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Too Much Pressure". Robert Christgau. 
  2. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (February 21 – March 5): 28.