Jellyfish, the San Francisco band responsible for one of the year's zestiest pure-pop debut albums, appears to have the knack of a master safecracker. A good deal of the legal tender that Jellyfish grabs from the vault of pop-music past carries the likeness of John, Paul, George and Ringo.
"I remember hearing a Beatles song and going, `So that's where ELO's first few albums came from!' " said [Andy Sturmer], 25, who will front Jellyfish in a free outdoor concert at noon today at Cal State Fullerton. "When you're a kid and you're listening to the radio and ELO comes on, you think, `What an original sound.' You don't know where it's coming from."
Fittingly enough, Jellyfish played its first tour as the opening act for World Party, whose leader, Karl Wallinger, is one of pop's expert thieves-a confirmed purloiner of Beatles, Stones, Dylan and Prince. World Party's computer-aided, note-for-note live replication of the Beatles' epic, "A Day in the Life," demonstrated that if fate would have allowed it, the Fab Four could have returned to the concert stage they shunned after 1966 because their music had grown too elaborate to re-create live.