Saturday, 30 September 2017
Oliver!: Shut Up and Dance feat. Peter Bouncer - Love is All We Need [Peel Session] (28 March 1992)
Unlike their first session, from 1990, which features a mix of your favourite 1990 issues of the day (The Poll Tax) and more evergreen concerns (White domination), the second Peel session by Shut Up and Dance has to be represented by the original records. Fear not though, there isn't much difference between the recorded and session version of the track presented here.
For their second trip to Maida Vale, DJ Hype, Smiley and PJ were joined by the dancehall singer, Peter Bouncer. A strange kind of alchemy occurred whenever they worked together. Compared to the dreariness of his own recordings on labels like Unity, Bouncer always sounded an artist transformed when working with the beats and production offered by Shut Up and Dance. It was a combination that later in 1992, would see them an uncleared piano sample away from a potential UK number 1 single. For this session though, they produced a come-down classic which must have sounded unbelievably moving in the clubs as the bliss started to take hold. At its core is a mixture of restraint and gentle nostalgia for a past love affair which the singer is trying to come to terms with. In keeping with the spirit of times, there's no animosity on the singer's part. He tries to take the best of the memories from the relationship and use them to sustain him, going forward. A heart-mender for recovering clubbers everywhere.
I haven't heard the full version of the session on the tape either, which only caught 93 minutes of the show, but it did include a session version of an earlier Shut Up and Dance recording, played by Peel on 14/12/91.
Video courtesy of AlvinAI3000.