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This was called "Drive Talking" in its early stages, but producer Arif Mardin suggested the change to "Jive" to play to teenage sensibilities. "Jive Talkin'" is a term for slang.
The rhythm was inspired by the chunka-chunka-chunka sound of a car rolling over a bridge crossing Biscayne Bay near Miami. Robin Gibb explained to The Mail On Sunday November 1, 2009: "We'd already thought up the title for this song, but it wasn't until Barry, Maurice and I drove from Biscayne Bay to Miami that we realised what the tune was going to be. We had the idea as we passed over a bridge. Some tar noises made a rhythmic sound on the wheels of our car, which created the feel to the type of song we wanted to write. We finished the song at the Criteria studios that day." (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 2)
The first big Disco hit for The Bee Gees. They became icons of the era (some would say sellouts), singing in falsetto harmonies over dance beats. They had 7 more #1 hits in the Disco era, but the band went out of style at the same time as white leisure suits.
This was a comeback song for the group. They were very successful as contemporary singers in the late '60s and early '70s, but the 2 albums they released before this flopped and it looked like their careers were over.
Along with several other Bee Gees hits, this was featured on the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever in 1977. It became the best-selling soundtrack album of all time, until it was outsold by The Bodyguard soundtrack.
This song was distributed to radio stations with a plain, white label, with no indication as to what the name of the song was, or who it was by. (thanks, Paul - Newark, DE)
Former Fugees singer Pras sampled this on his song "Blue Angels."
This was an R&B track that did very well in the black charts in America. The Bee Gees were one of the first white groups to explore that territory.
Brad Smith of Blind Melon
The Blind Melon bassist/songwriter tells the story of "No Rain," which he wrote before the band was formed.
Harry is Derek Smalls in Spinal Tap, Mark Shubb in The Folksmen, and Mr. Burns on The Simpsons