Yolanda Be Cool

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Yolanda Be Cool
Origin Australia
Genres Club, swing house
Years active 2009–present
Labels Ultra/Sweat It Out
Associated acts DCUP
Website Yolanda Be Cool
Members Sylvester Martinez
Johnson "Durango Slim" Peterson

Yolanda Be Cool is an Australian band made up of Sylvester Martinez (aka Andrew Stanley) and Johnson "Durango Slim" Peterson.

Biography[edit]

They collaborated with Australian producer DCUP (real name Duncan MacLennan) to release an international single "We No Speak Americano" on the indie Australian label Sweat It Out they founded, sampling on a 1956 Neapolitan language hit "Tu vuò fà l'americano" by Renato Carosone and written by Carosone and Nicola "Nisa" Salerno.

"We No Speak Americano" topped the British, Spanish, German, Mexican, Argentinian, Danish, Swiss, and Ecuadorian charts,[1] and reached the Top 5 in Australia, France, Italy, Spain and Norway. It was also a chart hit in Colombia, New Zealand, Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Venezuela, Honduras, Costa Rica and several other countries. The video was directed by Andy Hylton. Prior to the hit, they had collaborated with DCUP when he remixed their hit "Afro Nuts" in 2009. The name is a reference to the film Pulp Fiction, where the character Jules (played by Samuel L. Jackson) tells a female armed robber named Yolanda (played by Amanda Plummer) "Be cool!" Yolanda Be Cool received two 2010 ARIA Music Awards nominations which include, "Best Dance Release" and "Most Popular Australian Single" for "We No Speak Americano".[2] In 2011, Yolanda Be Cool collaborated with Crystal Waters on a track called 'Le Bump' [3]

In 2013, Yolanda Be Cool was remixed Cindy Lauper's song Girls Just Want to Have Fun, taken from her album She's So Unusual 30th anniversary reissue .[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2012: Ladies & Mentalmen

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[5]
AUT
[6]
CAN
[7]
DEN
[8]
EU
[7]
FRA
[9]
GER
[10]
ITA
[11]
NZ
[12]
SPA
[13]
SWI
[14]
UK
[15]
US
[7]
US Dance
[7]
2009 "Afro Nuts" Non-album singles
"Holy Cow"
2010 "We No Speak Americano"
(with DCUP)
4 1 16 1 1 2 1 3 2 2 1 1 29 21
2011 "Le Bump"
(featuring Crystal Waters)
Ladies & Mentalmen
2012 "Change"
(featuring Nola Darling)
"Before Midnight"
(featuring Arama Mara)
"Love Keeps"
(featuring Barbara Tucker)
2013 "All That She Wants"
(featuring SYF and Fritz Helder)
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Remixes[edit]

  • 2010 : Alesha - Drummer Boy (Yolanda Be Cool and DCup Remix)
  • 2010 : ULC Hnan Solo - Fortune Cookie (Yolanda Be Cool Remix)
  • 2010 : Jazzbit - Sing Sing Sing 2010 Remixes (Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup Remix)
  • 2010 : Dennis Ferrer - Hey Hey (Yolanda Be Cool Remix)
  • 2013 : Cindy Lauper - Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Yolanda Be Cool Remix)

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