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Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers

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Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers were a novelty pop music act who were the third band to have their first three releases go to number one on the UK singles chart, a feat they achieved between July and December 1989. The previous bands to do so were Gerry & the Pacemakers and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. They also went to number one in several other countries, but not the United States.

Jive Bunny’s three number ones were “Swing the Mood”, “That’s What I Like” and “Let’s Party”. All three songs used sampling and synthesisers to combine pop music from the early rock and roll era together into a medley. The results were somewhat like the earlier Stars on 45, who actually hired “sound-alike” singers and musicians to recreate the music from scratch.

Each song used a sampled instrumental theme to join the songs together, in much the same way as dance music megamixes. “Swing the Mood” used Glenn Miller’s famous “In The Mood” (a recording dating back to 1940), “That’s What I Like” featured the theme music from the television police drama Hawaii 5-0, while “Let’s Party” used “March of the Mods” (also known as the Finnjenka Dance).

Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers were in reality a father and son DJ team from Rawmarsh near
Rotherham in South Yorkshire
. They have continued to work under the name, but with less chart success.

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