Two months after the original version of their debut single had caused a minor stir with record companies The JAMs released All You Need Is Love (106bpm), an edited version with the MC5 and Beatles samples removed from the intro. Unlike the original whitlabel promo of the “commercial” version this version featured a proper sleeve showing the picture of a JAMs-defaced billboard (“SHAG SHAG SHAG”) featuring the face of controversial UK policeman James Anderton on the front.
With the samples in question removed – and probably some help from the publicity generated from the original version – it was less of a problem to find a proper distributor for All You Need Is Love now.
The scratch mix, which features various Beatles cut-ups and the chant “shag, shag, shag!”, had been boycotted by labels worried about the legal implications. But now The Jams – who are rumored to be former Echo And The Bunnymen manager Bill Drummond’s alter ego – have doctored their master tapes and re-pressed the record, which will be released later this month on their own Sound Of Mu label through The Cartel.NME, 9 May 1987
Tracks & Formats
|12″ Single / 18 May 1987|
|A||All You Need Is Love (106bpm)||4:56|
|B1||Ivum Naya (Ibo Version)||3:39|
|B2||Rap, Rhyme And Scratch Yourself||4:46|
|7″ Single / 18 May 1987|
|A||Me Ru Con||2:22|
|B||Ivum Naya (Ibo Version)||3:39|