Trunk Records are to reissue a “lost” post-punk single by The Jellies on 12″ vinyl.

‘Jive Baby On A Saturday Night’ was originally released on 7″ in 1981. Despite the track’s obvious charm and interest from John Peel among others, hardly any copies were sold.

We’ll let Jonny Trunk tell you more about how and why he’s brought it back to life:

“Yes, here come the Jellies. All over again. To be honest they never really made it the first time, even though they tried. This very small band got together in 1981 and made a 7″ single. There are tales of long tape loops running from tape machines to pencils along hallways throughout the recording. There are tales of them pressing up about 1,000 copies on their own little label called Jelly Records. They speak of getting it played on John Peel’s Show, and selling about 15 copies to Rough Trade. And then nothing. This was back in 1981. There are no photos of the band. Most of the unsold records were scrapped and are now part of the UK’s landfill. The band never recorded again, it was a disaster.”

Thirty years later a bootleg edit  appeared, and the track began to take on a new level of cult celebrity after Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore found an original 7″ and played it ten times in a row in a DJ set. Trunk have now licensed the track for a limited (500 copies) 12″ release, which includes the original mix and radio edit on the A-side and three contemporary remixes on the B.

Jon Brooks, best known for his recordings as The Advisory Circle for the Ghost Box label, adopts his George Vert guise for a dub-disco reworking of ‘Jive Baby…’. Lemon Jelly’s Fred Deakin also proffers a remix, and Jonny Trunk and Tommy Stupid round out the package with a wilfully silly backwards version. For more information and artwork, click here.

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