Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers Swing the Mood

Swing the Mood

Picture the scene: It’s Christmas Day in 1989 and, in my family home, I’m about to open my big present – a Hi-Fi! It’s a good one too, a Panasonic stereo with twin tape decks, multi-band radio and a record player at the top to play my parents aging collection of vinyl records. Happy days!

But wait, there is more. My mother hands me another present and it’s unmistakably a 12″ vinyl record under the wrapping paper. What could it be? Well, I’m pretty sure you’ve worked this part out by now – my first LP and my first 7″ single were both courtesy of Jive Bunny and his Mastermixers.

Jive Bunny

Most people can boast that their first records were classics. For albums I could have opened that paper to find Neneh Cherry’s Raw Like Sushi or Madonna’s Like a Prayer, for chart singles I could have received The Bangles’ Eternal Flame or even Kylie & Jason’s Especially For You duet would have done, but my parents opted for a rabbit mixing old tunes together.


However, I shouldn’t complain. I actually really liked Jive Bunny back then and I remember playing the album over and over in my bedroom, on my new stereo, completely unaware that my future self would be holding my head in shame. I went on to purchase every 7″ single that Jive Bunny would release, including one that had a limited edition fold-out board game.

When I later sold my vinyl collection, I re-purchased that first album on CD and have subsequently turned into MP3’s for prosperity and future listening enjoyment. I owe much to Jive Bunny but I am glad that he stopped mixing!

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England.Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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