Cool Jerk" is a song written by Donald Storball and originally performed by The Capitols. Released in 1966, it reached No. 2 on the American Rhythm & Blues Singles chart, No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 9 on the Canadian Singles Chart. [2 ] The backing track for this song was actually recorded (secretly) by the Motown house band [3 ] The Funk Brothers.
Per one of the Funk Brothers, the song was originally to be called "Pimp Jerk." This was taken from watching neighborhood pimps, who would dance in the clubs, but were too "cool" to do
the jerk like regular folks. Their version was subsequently named "the Pimp Jerk." The producer was afraid that a song with the word pimp in the title would be banned or not receive much positive attention, and had the title changed to its current form.
The Go-Go's, Todd Rundgren, Big Trouble, Human Sexual Response, The La De Das, The Creation, The Tremeloes, and The Coasters have covered the song. Todd Rundgren did his version in an odd time signature (7/4), giving an obviously jerky feel to the song. The Go-Go's covered the song for their 1982 album and later re-recorded it for their Vacation 1990 album . A demo that pre-dates their Greatest Vacation recording was released on their 1994 compilation . Return to the Valley of The Go-Go's
In the feature film
, Frank McCallister ( Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Gerry Bamman) sings "Cool Jerk" in the shower. A version of the song with different lyrics ("Do the Cool Whip") is used in Cool Whip commercials. A recording of "Cool Jerk" by Ricardo Ray is featured in the feature film (1997). The song features in the film Donnie Brasco , performed by the Funk Brothers with lead vocals by Standing in the Shadows of Motown Bootsy Collins. The song is heard briefly in the animated feature, . Despite this reason, it is listed in some variations of the Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted film's soundtrack.
The Capitols version [ edit ]
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
The Go-Go's version [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Milward, John (March 25, 1991). "The Rhythm Of The Sweats". New York 24 (12): 27. ISSN 0028-7369. But vintage rhythm and blues, including the Capitols' "Cool Jerk" and Frankie Ford's "Sea Cruise," got hearts pumping
^ a b c "The Capitols – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network . Retrieved . July 14, 2014
^ a b " Top RPM Singles: Issue 5705." . RPM Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
^ CHART NUMBER 484 – Monday, June 13, 1966 at the Wayback Machine (archived July 29, 2007). CHUM. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste" (in French). InfoDisc. Select "Capitols" from the artist drop-down menu . Retrieved . July 14, 2014
^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending JUNE 25, 1966 at the Wayback Machine (archived October 4, 2012). . Retrieved July 14, 2014. Cash Box magazine
^ RECORD WORLD 1966 at the Wayback Machine (archived April 8, 2004). . Geocities.com. Retrieved July 14, 2014. Record World
^ "Top 100 Hits for 1966". The Longbored Surfer . Retrieved . July 14, 2014
^ Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – 1966 at the Wayback Machine (archived October 20, 2006). . Retrieved July 14, 2014. Billboard
^ The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1966 at the Wayback Machine (archived October 4, 2012). . Retrieved July 14, 2014. Cash Box magazine
^ " Go-Gos: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
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