London United Kingdom
London duo Shut Up And Dance created a unique musical universe between hip hop, house, and the hardcore continuum. The art of moving butts.
Fusing hip hop and house with dark twisted basslines and all important tools of the hardcore continuum, PJ & Smiley aka _(artist-name)Shut Up And Dance_ pioneered more than just the early UK rave and jungle sound. As members of the Heatwave Sound System in the late 80s (alongside _(artist-name)DJ Hype_ and _(artist-name)DJ Daddy_) the duo cut their teeth emceeing on London’s warehouse party scene. Frustrated with the conventional ways of an industry that didn’t seem to grant them a shot, the boys decided to start up their own label Shut Up And Dance Records. Their first releases _(song-title)18.104.22.168._, _(song-title)£10 To Get In_, _(song-title)Lamborghini_ and _(song-title)Derek Went Mad_ took British breakbeats to new heights and brought a so far unknown high octane club sound to raves around the UK. Their 1991 debut album _(album-title)Dance Before The Police Come!_ then came out as a testament to the 24 hour party people zeitgeist of the illegal rave movement. Meanwhile, the label grew from strength to strength with PJ & Smiley producing records for the likes of _(artist-name)The Ragga Twins_, _(artist-name)Nicolette_, and _(artist-name)Peter Bouncer_. 1992 saw the release of Shut Up And Dance’s biggest hit when _(song-title)Raving I’m Raving_ took the UK charts by storm reaching the No.2 spot and even had the former rave anarchists appear on Top of The Pops. The art of moving butts!