Formed: in London, England

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Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers were a 1980s and early 1990s novelty pop music act from Rotherham, Yorkshire, England. The face of the group was Jive Bunny, a cartoon rabbit who appeared in the videos, and also (as a human being in a costume) did promotional appearances for them. Doncaster DJ and producer Les Hemstock created the original Swing the mood mix for the Music Factory owned Mastermix Dj service. It was then taken from there and developed as a single release by father and son team John and Andrew Pickles. The name Jive Bunny came from a nickname Andy Pickles used to call a friend. Ian Morgan a fellow DJ and co-producer also engineered and mixed some of the early releases along with Andy Pickles. Morgan was replaced in the early 1990s by DJ and producer Mark "The Hitman" Smith.

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 similar to Jaap Eggermont's Stars on 45 from the late 1970s and early 1980s, although he had hired "sound-alike" singers and musicians to recreate the music from scratch. Also similar was Mirage, active from the mid to late 1980s.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1989 Jive Bunny: The Album 6
1991 Rock'N'Roll Hall Of Fame 2
1992 The Album: Swing the Mood 1
1996 Non-Stop Juke Box 1
1996 Can Can You Party 1
1997 Pop Back in Time to the 70's 1
1998 Beach Party 2
2000 Christmas Dance Party 1
2000 Spectacular Christmas Party 1
2002 Ultimate Christmas Party 1
2003 Big Band Swing 1
2008 Jive Bunny's Summer Party 2008 1
Havin' a Party 2
Hop Around the Clock 1
Rock 'n' Roll Jukebox 1
Rock the Party! 1
School Disco 1
That's What I Like 1
The Biggest Party On The Planet 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1994 The Best of Jive Bunny 1
1994 The Album 1
1994 The Best 2
2002 The Very Best of Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers 1
2010 100 Hits: Jive Bunny 1
Best of Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers 1

Album + DJ-mix

Year Title RatingReleases
2001 Ultimate 80s Party 1

Album + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
1990 It's Party Time 2
2000 Jive Bunny Plays Non-Stop Abba Party 1
In The Mix Volume 1 1
In The Mix Volume 2 1
In The Mix Volume 3 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1989 That's What I Like 3
1989 Let's Party 1
1992 Swing The Mood 1
Can Can You Party 1
Let's Party 1
That Sounds Good to Me 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party 1
Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame 1

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