Shaddap You Face

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"Shaddap You Face"
Joe Dolce - SYF.jpg
Single by Joe Dolce Music Theatre
B-side"Ain't in No Hurry"
Released1980 (International)
April 1981 (U.S.)
Format7"
Recorded1980
GenrePop, comedy
LabelFull Moon Records
Epic Records (UK)[1]
Songwriter(s)Joe Dolce[1]
Producer(s)Joe Dolce and Ian McKenzie[1]

"Shaddap You Face" is a song written and performed by Joe Dolce (known at the time as the Joe Dolce Music Theatre) about a fictitious rebellious Italian boy. Released in late 1980, it set a number of sales and longevity records. The song is notable for keeping Ultravox's "Vienna" from reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart.

Sales and chart positions[edit]

"Shaddap You Face" went to number one for eight weeks on the Australia Kent Music Report in 1980.[2] It reached number one on the UK Singles Chart on 21 February 1981 and stayed there for three weeks until 14 March 1981—keeping Ultravox's single "Vienna" out of the top spot for all the three weeks it was there.[3] The song became the 15th biggest hit of 1981 in the UK.[4]

"Shaddap You Face" was also number one in 11 other countries. There have been over 50 different foreign language cover versions, and hundreds more published informally on YouTube with new versions being recorded and uploaded every year. The original release sold over 6 million copies and has remained the most successful Australian-produced single in Australian music history for 38 years straight, with sales of over 450,000 copies. It was Australia's first triple platinum recording by the old count of 100,000 units equalling platinum status, which has since changed to 75,000 units, then 50,000, and finally 70,000 units.[citation needed]

In the US, the song peaked at number 53 in the summer of 1981 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 43 on the Cash Box Top 100,[5] and number 24 on Record World. However, it was regularly played on the Dr. Demento show to the point of being number six on the year-end Funny 25 that year. In Canada, "Shaddap You Face" reached number two for two weeks.[6]

Lou Monte released a cover of the song in 1981.[7] Other notable cover versions have been done by KRS-One (hip-hop),[8] EMF (British),[9] Andrew Sachs (Manuel, of Fawlty Towers), Werner Böhm, alias: Gottlieb Wendehals (German, title: Mensch, ärger dich nicht),[10] Sheila (French, titled: Et Ne La Ramène Pas),[11] Dingetje (Dutch, titled: Houtochdiekop),[12] De Strangers (muziekgroep (Dutch, titled: Agget Mor Fret),[13] Volker Rosin und die Lollypops (German, titled: Hörst du nicht die Kuh - Muh!), Franco Franchi with the duo, Franco e Ciccio (Italian, title: Alì Alì Alè),[14] an Aboriginal language version by Gnarnyarrhe Waitairie, a Papua New Guinean version by The Breeze Band (title: "Pasim Pes Bilong Yu" – pidgin version),[15] and even a spoken word interpretation by Samuel L. Jackson.[16]

The National Folk Festival in Canberra featured 'The Inspired Shaddap You Face Contest' in April 2006. Festival artists were invited to perform their interpretations of the classic song. The Cygnet Folk Festival in Tasmania featured the second 'Inspired Shaddap You Face Contest' in the following year. Joe Dolce was invited to be the MC at both events.

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 212. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  2. ^ a b "Australian (David Kent) Weekly Single Charts from 1980". Kent Music Report. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 390–1. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ "Top 100 1981 – UK Music Charts". Uk-charts.top-source.info. Retrieved 2016-10-23.
  5. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-13.
  6. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-23.
  7. ^ Lou Monte, "Shaddap You Face," YouTube
  8. ^ KRS One, "Shaddap You Face," YouTube
  9. ^ EMF, "Shaddap your face," YouTube
  10. ^ Gottlieb Wendehals, "Mensch, ärger dich nicht," YouTube
  11. ^ SHEILA, "Et ne la ramene pas," YouTube
  12. ^ Dingetje, "Houtochdiekop," YouTube
  13. ^ De Strangers, "Agget mor fret," YouTube
  14. ^ Franco e Ciccio, "Alì Alì Alè," YouTube
  15. ^ Papua New Guinea Breeze Band, "Pasim Pes Bilong Yu," YouTube
  16. ^ Samuel L. Jackson, "Shaddap You Face," YouTube
  17. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Joe Dolce Music Theatre – Shaddap You Face" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
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  31. ^ "JAHRESHITPARADE 1981" (in German). Archived from the original on 3 September 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
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