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Electronic / Hip hop

Shut Up And Dance - Dance Before The Police Come! Album

Shut Up And Dance - Dance Before The Police Come! Album

Performer: Shut Up And Dance
Title: Dance Before The Police Come!
Country: UK
Catalog Number: SUAD LP001
Label: Shut Up And Dance Records
Released: 1990
Style: Breaks, Downtempo
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 613


1The Movie Soundtrack3:35
2White White World4:45
3A Change Soon Come4:27
4Rest In Peace (Rap Will Never)4:06
5Lamborghini (Remix)3:33
6Because Of My Vocals4:02
7Dance Before The Police Come4:20
8On A Street Level3:57
9Derek Went Mad3:50
10This Town Needs A Sheriff3:15


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
SUAD CD001, SUADCD 1Shut Up And Dance Dance Before The Police Come! ‎(CD, Album)Shut Up And Dance Records, Shut Up And Dance RecordsSUAD CD001, SUADCD 1UK1991
SUAD MC001, SUADMC 001Shut Up And Dance Dance Before The Police Come! ‎(Cass, Album)Shut Up And Dance Records, Shut Up And Dance RecordsSUAD MC001, SUADMC 001UK1990
SUAD LP001Shut Up And Dance Dance Before The Police Come! ‎(LP, Album, Ltd + 7")Shut Up And Dance RecordsSUAD LP001UK1991


  • Lacquer Cut ByStu
  • Producer, Written-By, Composed By, Arranged ByShut Up And Dance


Plated at Lyntone Recordings Ltd.

Some copies came with a limited edition 7" with the tracks "Lamborghini" and "A Change Soon Come".

Track A3 samples:
Vocals from Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
Bleeps from Fast Eddie - Keep On Dancing
Strings from The Family Stand - Ghetto Heaven
Flute from Prince And The Revolution ‎- Around The World In A Day
Break from Shadows J - Hip This House
Beat from Chris "The Glove" Taylor & David Storrs - Reckless
Bassline & percussion from Chris "The Glove" Taylor & David Storrs - Tibetan Jam

Track A5 samples:
Break from The Winstons - Amen Brother
Break from BFC - Galaxy

Track B4 samples:
Bassline and percussion from Rhythim Is Rhythim - Kaos (Juice Bar Mix)
Beats, percussion, synth stab and vocoder from Mantronix - Listen To The Bass Of Get Stupid Fresh - Part II


  • Barcode (Text): 5 019918 000090
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5019918000090
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched): SUADLP 1 A1 Stu DAMONT LYN 27448
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched): SUADLP 1 B1 DAMONT LYN 27449


  • Distributed By – Pacific Distribution PLC
  • Copyright (c) – Shut Up And Dance Records
  • Published By – Copyright Control
  • Mastered At – Lyntone Recordings Ltd. – LYN 27448
  • Mastered At – Lyntone Recordings Ltd. – LYN 27449
  • Pressed By – Damont


Reviews (19)
Change soon come, one of the most deep British hip hop tunes.imo. Derek went mad brilliant.

For the trainspotters out there, the 'And I'll return a stronger man' sample on the seminal Derek (May! Wow, who knew?!) Went Mad is from a Terence Trent D'Arby song called 'As yet untitled' from his debut album: https://www.discogs.com/Terence-Trent-DArby-Introducing-The-Hardline-According-To-Terence-Trent-DArby/master/104399

The three most decent tracks on this now, quite cultish LP, in no particular order of preference are:A3 Lamborghini (Remix)A5 Derek Went MadB4 Dance Before The Police ComeThe remix of Lamborghini exclusive to this LP is much, much better than the 12" original (boring, synched badly and endlessly long in duration in my opinion) version. Not played enough or revered enough and certainly and frustratingly needed its own release. Of course, including a couple of 1980s favourite ELECTRO samples within the typical organic break formula is always a positive in my book. From a purely selfish and biased perspective, anything which promotes that classic style but at the same time not overuse it is going to be welcomed as far as I'm concerned.Samples and breaks are already featured in the release notes.

PJ & Smiley are a couple of serious fellows from a serious neighborhood (albeit now gentrified & full of Coffee Shops). Back then, this album cover spoke volumes about being able to take care of one's self, by any means necessary. Hackney was no joke in 1990; ride a half decent push bike down the street & you'd be kicked off it within 2 minutes. It was a different culture before the cowardly way of the knife came in, & Kung Fu/Martial Arts was a way of self preservation & discipline for some living around the area. This album jumped off the shelves on its release, the cover being absolutely smack on the political climate of Inner City life, as with most of SUAD's output.

Gold as Heart
Appallingly tacky front cover, mostly horrendous rap with lyrics like "Margaret Thatcher and the poll tax...Shudder! , but 'Derek went mad' was just what i was looking for back then. Pity it wasn't a 12"

7" here: https://www.discogs.com/Shut-Up-And-Dance-Derek-Went-Mad/release/1596889 Although very hard to find now.

Nothing tacky about it - rinsed this whole album back in the day and still do, "horrendous" rapping and all. The rap tracks are my favourites these days, great as Lambourghini and Derek Went Mad are. Fact is, this was a rap album and SUAD were a UK Hip Hop act - how that morphed into the hardcore continuum is its own story.

Derek went mad is just a hidden treasure. Incredible. They totally nailed it on this one. Very haunting. Defently in my top 10 electronic tracks.

What came first, the drum loop on "Derek went mad"? or on BFC (Carl Craig)'s "Galaxy"? Both released in 1990. One would presume SUAD sampled Carl Craig but Carl is very sample-happy himself. Who knows???

CC also sampled the Ragga twins (SUAD produced) on 'Extraterrestrial Raggabeats' from 69 '4 Jazz Funk Classics'

I honestly can't tell if you're taking the piss or not! Lol.

Hawk Flying
i think it's a known fact that Carl Craig was well into what SUAD were doing with breakbeats at this particular moment and I'm certain that I read that CC sampled SUAD for Galaxy.

This album came out at a time when alot of uk b-boys started the slide into the hardcore scene or maybe this was the reason and i mean that in a good way, similar to the early genaside 2 style of production ie ruff , suad struck a good balance between the hip hop world and the warehouse scene. The house/breakbeat tracks were great and the hip hop tracks were great which has always been abit of a rarity and i can't think of anyone doing anything similar at the time .It had a bit of a bad cover and their design in general was very backyard like blapps stuff but thats kinda what i love about them. Wicked hip hop for the dancefloors of the early 90's without being cheesy. Also is my copy the only one with a weird volume mute of a few seconds about two thirds into "on a street level"?

Only Bradford's Unique 3 were really doing anything similar back then: both artists did a great job of mixing hip-hop, reggae, techno, house and hip-hop on their early records - though Unique 3 were much less political than SUAD were, they came from similar origins/influences. Nightmares On Wax are also possible candidates, but they seemed more influenced by funk/soul rather than hip-hop/reggae.The higher political element probably made SUAD the closest we ever had to an act who could be described as "The UK's Public Enemy" at the time.I think it's sad that they aren't as well respected as they should be - especially as everyone who likes old skool (rave) always goes on about overrated acts like Ratpack, but hardly ever mention SUAD. Well, I've got dozens of records on the SUAD label, and they are going nowhere! :)

Nope, its purposeful & in time, just a pause before it all kicks in...

Just like to say i totally agree with Technoheads review of Derek Went Mad by Shut Up And Dance,great tune.I dont know if you know , but the title of the track is a reference to Derek May , who apperently went mad when he had heard they had sampled one of his productions..Go on shut up and dance , one of the creators of hardcore sound , along with 4 Hero and many other London based music producers from the early 1990s.

This LP contains the fantastic and under-rated (or not at all rated) "Derek Went Mad" - a minimal instrumental techno track with a deep and funky rolling bass-line well complimented by the hi-hats. This LP version is far superior to the remix, which was released later as a separate 12", and has hints of the early 90's UK "hardcore" sound. I'll never forget this track being played by Spiral Tribe at their NYE rave in the Chalk Farm (Camden) Roundhouse at the end of 1991.

turns out i went to that party too :-) best of times and peack moment being Papua New Guinea being played right towards the end and totally losing it xx

Whoooooooaaaah! I went to that party at the Roundhouse - pretty much best damn party ever! Mental - power went down loads of times but party kept on 'til the small hours... Despite miserable attempts, the old bill couldn't oust us.. Also went down there Christmas eve a few days prior, but they wouldn't less us in - told us to come back on New Years - glad we did...

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