Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Classic Cassette Review: Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers "The Album" (ATCO Records)
How strange and wonderful this is. Through music videos and public appearances the face of this act is a bunny but in reality it's a couple of DJs mixing samples of songs together to form one new song. It's not quite the "Now That's What I Call Music" compilations or Kidz Bop but it's something similar.
This doesn't just take radio pop song as it stretches to rock n roll and other genres as Little Richard, Elvis Presely and Buddy Holly all come into play, as well as the music of that genre. So for a concept, in the 1990's, this was a rather interesting one that I'm kind of surprised no one has tried to replicate yet.
Remember when Mumford & Sons came out with their radio songs and then a bunch of similar sounding bands followed, as they often tend to do? Imagine maybe twenty or thirty seconds of a song from each of those bands- Mumford & Sons, Of Monsters & Men, etc.- cut up and mixed into a medely that essentially creates one song.
The same could be done for modern radio rock, pop music and even EDM though I'm not sure of any EDM artists thankfully. But imagine Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, etc. all put together in one song. This is what Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers (Though mostly the Mastermixers) have done with songs that pre-date 1990 obviously because this particular cassette is from 1990.
To take this one step further, imagine going back in time now and having something of mix featuring the grunge days, so to go from Nirvana to Stone Temple Pilots to Pearl Jam to Blind Melon to Alice in Chains to Soundgarden to... Why? Why hasn't anyone done a modern take on this?
If a modern version of this exists I am not aware of it, but if it does not then someone needs to take notice of this and recreate it to fit with modern times. This is enjoyable enough as it stands right now, a sort of pop music sampler for those with A.D.D. (though there is also rock and swing and, well, you get the point) so if someone did this right now I'd be more than excited to hear about it.