Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers was produced by the father and son DJ team Andy and John Pickles. “Swing the Mood” was released as the act’s first single, and it included clips from a number of early rock and roll records, in addition to Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood.” The single was released in 1989, and it peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was definitely the biggest novelty record from 1989. Unfortunately, Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers never had another hit, so they’ve gone down in music history as a “one-hit wonder.”
The early rock and roll records used in the song include:
- Chubby Checker’s “Let’s Twist Again”
- Bill Haley & His Comets’ “Rock Around the Clock”
- Bill Haley & His Comets’ “Rock-A-Beatin’ Boogie”
- Little Richard – “Tutti Frutti”
- The Everly Brothers’ “Wake Up Little Susie”
- Eddie Cochran’s “C’mon Everybody”
- Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog”
- Bill Haley & His Comets’ “Shake, Rattle and Roll”
- Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up”
- Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock”
- Danny and the Juniors’ “At the Hop”
I was 14 years old at the time this song was promoted as a single, and I have to admit that I didn’t really care much for it then. Back then, my music tastes weren’t quite as broad as they became when I got older, so I had a harder time appreciating the track for what it was. When I heard this song again about 10 or so years ago, I’d developed more of an interest in the music of the 1950s and I came to better appreciate what Andy and John did with “Swing the Mood.” Unfortunately, they hadn’t gotten permission to use the recordings, so they were later forced to re-record the vocals for the song. I’ve heard the version with the re-recorded vocals, and it just didn’t sound very good.
The music video features footage of weird inventions from the 1950s, as well as some mishaps. An animated rabbit, who was used to represent “Jive Bunny,” would appear on the screen sometimes as well. Many of his appearances tended to be humorous in nature.