Boomkat Product Review:
'Jive Baby' by the Jellies is one of those limited run post-punk obscurities that's managed to trickle through thirty years of collections only to end up in some very well respected hands.
Thurston Moore reputedly owns a copy, using it to soundtrack a solo performance of his in 1997, plus Optimo also own one of the 30 original copies pressed in 1981. Jonny Trunk, along with Fred Deakin of Lemon Jelly and Georges Vert (Jon Brooks aka The Advisory Circle) have all given it a loving spit and polish for this Trunk reissue, adding highly respectful revisions of this masterclass in lo-fi "minimal disco" as the band themselves put it in '81.
Craftiest of all the mixes is from Vert, teasing out the latent dub lope into a dreamy Mr. Soft skank, before Fred Deakin gives it a lick of vintage disco drums. Trunk's own mix is suitably bonkers, hooking up with his mate Tommy Stupid to do a 'Backwards Mix', which is exactly that. Recommended!