Alternative covers: #10 "Cool Jerk" The GoGo's (1981)

@JohnRoberts (64884)
Los Angeles, California
July 28, 2018 8:20am CST
The early 60s was the dance craze era most famously for “The Twist.” Guitarist Donald Storrall wrote “Cool Jerk” to cash in. The Detroit soul trio the Capitols formed in 1962 with Storrall, vocalist Samuel George and keyboardist Richard Mitchem. From the 1966 album “Dance to the Cool Jerk,” “Cool Jerk” rose to Billboard #7 making the Capitols a one hit wonder. The backing track was secretly recorded by Motown’s Funk Bros. The Capitols broke up in 1969. The GoGo’s are the greatest all girl new wave group. They were five local LA girls (Belinda Carlisle, Jane Weidlin, Charlotte Caffey, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine) forming a band in 1979. Their roots were punk but their success from more pop sounding. “Cool Jerk” first appeared on the 1982 album “Vacation.” An uncharted single was released in 1991 from their greatest hits album. “Cool Jerk” has been covered numerous times and heard in countless soundtracks and commercials.
Go-Go's Cool Jerk from "Totally Go-Go's" Live at Palos Verdes High School, LA, December 4, 1981 Lyrics: Cool Jerk Cool Jerk Cool Jerk Cool Jerk Well I know a...
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@dgobucks226 (14224)
1 Aug
A great classic blast from the past. Hard to mess up the track's upbeat style which fit the Go Go's sound. Upon giving it a listen I don't like the pop makeover by the ladies. I'll stick with the original. Just a great Rhythm & Blues song which fit that genre perfectly...
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@JohnRoberts (64884)
• Los Angeles, California
1 Aug
If you didn't care for the GoGo's cover, this classic alternative version will fry your mind:
An early 80's favorite in the Boston area-HSR were an unusual band, to say the least. Here's their cover of The Capitols' 60's classic. Performance is from t...
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@dgobucks226 (14224)
1 Aug
@JohnRoberts Just from the group's name I'll pass
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@JohnRoberts (64884)
• Los Angeles, California
1 Aug
@dgobucks226 Oh come on, be brave!
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@Jessabuma (33168)
• Baguio, Philippines
28 Jul
I am not familiar with this one.
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@kepweng (19124)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
28 Jul
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@Jessabuma (33168)
• Baguio, Philippines
28 Jul
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@snowy22315 (54156)
• United States
28 Jul
I remember the Go Go's but I can't think of any of their songs.
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@JohnRoberts (64884)
• Los Angeles, California
28 Jul
We Got the Beat. Vacation. Our Lips are Sealed. Head Over Heels.
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@dgobucks226 (14224)
1 Aug
@JohnRoberts Must be a 60's Golden Oldies crowd much like myself. Although I do know the Go,Go's
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@garymarsh6 (14502)
• United Kingdom
28 Jul
You have a knack of digging up groups I have never heard of.
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@JohnRoberts (64884)
• Los Angeles, California
28 Jul
You never heard of the GoGo's?!?
• Defuniak Springs, Florida
28 Jul
I don't know this one
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@JohnRoberts (64884)
• Los Angeles, California
28 Jul
Do you even know the GoGo's?
@FourWalls (15727)
• United States
30 Jul
Oh, do they smoke on this one!!!
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@Ronrybs (7908)
• London, England
28 Jul
Not heard this one at all, and can't recall The Gogos. I do remember Belinda Carlisle, though
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@Missmwngi (10792)
• Nairobi, Kenya
28 Jul
Have never heard of them.
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