Yolanda Be Cool

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Yolanda Be Cool
Origin Australia
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts DCUP
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. Similarly to Zeds Dead, the name "Yolanda Be Cool" is also a reference to a scene in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.


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, Swedish, 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 scene in 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 remixed Cindy Lauper's song "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", taken from the 30th anniversary reissue of her album She's So Unusual.[4]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums
Title Album details
Ladies & Mentalmen
  • Released: December 7, 2012
  • Label: Sweat It Out
  • Format: CD, digital download


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Afro Nuts" 2009 Non-album singles
"Holy Cow"
"We No Speak Americano"
(with DCUP)
2010 4 1 16 1 2 1 2 1 1 29
"Le Bump"
(featuring Crystal Waters)
2011 Ladies & Mentalmen
(featuring Nola Darling)
"Before Midnight"
"Love Keeps"
(featuring Barbara Tucker)
"A Baru In New York"
(featuring Gurrumul)
"Sweat Naked"
"To Be Alone"
(featuring Omar)
"All That She Wants"
(featuring SYF and Fritz Helder)
"Sugar Man"
(with DCUP)
  • ARIA: Platinum[18]
Non-album singles
"Soul Makossa"
(with DCUP)
2015 86
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  • 2010 : Alesha Dixon - 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 : Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Yolanda Be Cool Remix)


  1. ^ DanishCharts.com "We No Speak Americano" page
  2. ^ 2010 ARIA Nominations Announced Take40 Australia (mcm entertainment). Retrieved 2010-09-29.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Cindy Lauper She's So Unusual 30th Anniversary Celebration on allmusic.com
  5. ^ Yolanda Be Cool – Discography on Australian charts Australian-charts.com Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  6. ^ Yolanda Be Cool – Discography on Austrian charts Austrian-charts.com Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  7. ^ a b Yolanda Be Cool – Artist Chart History Billboard.com Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  8. ^ Yolanda Be Cool – Discography on Denmark charts Danishcharts.com Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  9. ^ Yolanda Be Cool – Discography on French charts Lescharts.com Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  10. ^ Yolanda Be Cool – Chartverfurlong Musicline.de Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  11. ^ Yolanda Be Cool – Discography on New Zealand charts Charts.org Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  12. ^ Yolanda Be Cool – Discography on Swiss charts Swisscharts.com Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  13. ^ Yolanda Be Cool – Discography on UK charts Chartstats.com Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  14. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "British single certifications – Yolanda Be Cool vs D CUP – We No Speak Americano". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 6 December 2012.  Enter We No Speak Americano in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Search
  16. ^ "American single certifications – Yolanda Be Cool vs DCUP – We No Speak Americano". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 6 December 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  17. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Yolanda Be Cool and DCUP – We No Speak Americano". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  18. ^ Ryan, Gavin (7 March 2015). "ARIA Singles: Ellie Goulding Remains At No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 

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