Alternative covers: #10 "Cool Jerk" The GoGo's (1981)
By John Roberts
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.
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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...
• Los Angeles, California
If you didn't care for the GoGo's cover, this classic alternative version will fry your mind: