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The Sons of Selina are a psychedelic-punk group formed in Colwyn Bay in 1990. They were very hard to pigeon-hole into a musical genre as their sound swept from Punk rock to Electro Pop (sometimes in the same song!).
Original members Neil Crud (Neil Birchall), and Robin Hemuss formed the band after discussing the merits of Hawkwind, both respected the psyche sounds but felt they’d be a better band if they had a harder edge. This became the basis of the Sons of Selina sound, although that was as far as the Hawkwind comparison went as Crud’s punk influence complimented Hemuss’ classical training.
Both members were previously in the notorious punk band 4Q.
The Sons of Selina released their debut single “Anxiety” on Crud’s label Secrets of Sound in 1992, it was described as Hawkwind meets New Model Army and was remarkable by the points that only the 2 members played on the recordings and it was recorded on a 4-track cassette and pressed onto 7” vinyl. The single earned regular national airplay on BBC Radio One by DJs Mark Radcliffe, John Peel, Mark Goodier and Annie Nightingale.

They were subsequently signed to the underground label Delerium Records and released a further 2 singles and the critically acclaimed albums “Nour d’Oui” (in 1994) and “Fire In The Hole” (in 1998).

The band became more popular in Europe than at home; “Anxiety” reached No.5 in the Belgian Alternative Charts, “Jam Tomorrow” received airplay in Germany and “Of The First Water” sold about 30,000 copies in Greece after featuring on a compilation album.

Electro-punk band Psychosexual Sex Terrestrials recorded an early Sons of Selina song “Creatures of The Night” in 2004 and invited Neil Crud to write and record new lyrics for the song. The release became a minor nightclub classic. This version was subsequently remixed by Head In The Shed in 2008. A ‘mash-up’ version with Snoop Dogg featuring on “Of The First Water” was available on-line in the late 1990s, but has since disappeared. The same track resurfaced in 2009 being mashed up with Eminem.

The track “The Last Ditch” was used as a signature tune to advertise a Ski-ing show on Sky Sports TV in 2001.

Edited by neilcrud on 1 Mar 2010, 22:02

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