"LET'S PARTY" BY JIVE BUNNY AND THE MASTERMIXERS
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
"Let's Party" was the third single and third consecutive No.1 for Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers, who were father and son duo Andy and John Pickles. The single entered the UK singles chart at No.1 on 10th December 1989, replacing New Kids on the Block's "You Got It (The Right Stuff)", which fell to No.4.
However, the DJ duo were themselves knocked off the top spot in the following week's chart (Dec 18th), when Band Aid II entered at No.1, but they remained at No.2 for two weeks.
Jive Bunny became only the third act to reach No.1 with their first three singles, and also achieved it in the shortest amount of time. The other previous two artists to achieve this were Gerry and the Pacemakers in 1964 and Frankie Goes To Hollywood in 1984.
"Let's Party" sampled a number of Christmas hits including Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody" and, unfortunately, "Another Rock and Roll Christmas" by paedophile Gary Glitter. Roy Wood re-recorded Wizzard's "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" for the single, as Jive Bunny couldn't gain permission to use the original song. The main song used is "March of the Mods" by Joe Loss. The B-side featured "Auld Lang Syne".
Unlike their previous two singles "Swing The Mood" and "That's What I Like", "Let's Party" was not as successful internationally, although it did reach No.2 in Ireland and Norway, but failed to reach the top 10 elsewhere. It was also the last song by Jive Bunny to reach No.1.
To be honest, the whole mix feels a bit rushed, and according to animator Billy Allison, they were asked to create the whole video in about a week!