Choice Cuts: The Jellies Private-Pressed Single, Jive Baby On A Saturday Night

Jive Baby On A Saturday Night by The Jellies is an Autographed 1981 UK-only private press 7″ single, also featuring ‘The Conversation’. If you collect obscure DIY recordings & unexpected indie-dance songs from the era, how’s about this highly treasured & sought after post-punk/mutant disco oddity from the UK!

The Jellies Jive Baby On A Saturday Night - 1st 7" vinyl single (7 inch record) UK 18O07JI756905

Sounding like a lo-fi version of Tom Tom Club but hailing from Cambridge, England [recorded at the legendary Spaceward Studios], it’s also an EXTREMELY rare 7″, selling as low as just 30 copies. Apparently Richard Lewis of The Jellies brought thirty copies down to the Rough Trade shop in Notting Hill on the day of release & that was it. The Jellies were never seen or heard again. The few sold copies that did make their way to the States decades later all came from that original source, allowing the likes of Thurston Moore & WFMU to discover its lo-fi charms. Several clued-in British DJs over the years such as Optimo & Jonny Trunk started to add it to their record box [only John Peel spun it back in the day!] & it was eventually re-released by Trunk Records. That doesn’t leave many ORIGINAL copies left in circulation…

The Jellies Jive Baby On A Saturday Night - 1st 7" vinyl single (7 inch record) UK 18O07JI756905

If you start digging deep on the net, don’t be fooled by the tiny amount of auction results that might appear for this painfully rare record [we noticed they mostly all seem to be the 90s bootleg version!], this one is the real deal. Obtained from a private collection of punk 45 rarities, all bought from the years 1980-81, the record is replete with solid centre & a unique die-cut title sleeve which is SIGNED on the back by two band members including Richard Lewis in black biro. It’s 100% first press. As a collector, you can tell this is a vintage 1981 release by the feel of the original paper stock & more easily by the original ‘flipbacks’ on the rear which are missing from the 90s re-release. What’s more, both the sleeve & vinyl appear Near Mint with few signs of wear & play. Just when you thought you’d seen them all, along come The Jellies!

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