Cool Jerk

The Capitols

About Cool Jerk

"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. The backing track for this song was actually recorded (secretly) by the Motown house band The Funk Brothers, and arranged by Funk Brother Mike Terry. 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. 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, The Outsiders, 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 Vacation and later re-recorded it for their 1990 album Greatest. A demo that pre-dates their Vacation recording was released on their 1994 compilation Return to the Valley of The Go-Go's. 


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Cool jerk, cool jerk
Cool jerk, cool jerk
We know a cat who can really do the cool jerk
We know a cat who can really do the cool jerk

Well, this cat they talkin' about, I wonder who could it be?
'Cause I know I'm the heaviest cat
The heaviest cat you ever did see

When they see me walkin' down the street (hey, hey, hey)
None of the fellas want to speak (hey, hey, hey)
On their faces they wear a silly smirk 'cause they know I'm the king of the cool jerk, whoo

(Cool jerk, cool jerk)
(Cool jerk, uh-huh!) Ha, ha, ha
Look at them guys lookin' at me like I'm a fool (cool jerk, uh-huh)
But, aww, deep down inside they know I'm cool (cool jerk, uh-huh)
I said, now, I said now, the moment of truth has finally come (cool jerk, uh-huh)
When I'ma to show you some, some of that cool jerk (cool jerk, uh-huh)
Now, give me a little bit of drums, by himself, there
Now, give me a little bit of bass, with those 88's

Aww, you're cookin' baby!
Hmm, you're smokin'!
Hmm-hmm-hmm!
Now everybody, I wanna hear you all

Aww, can you do it? (Can you do it, can you do it, can you do it, can you do it?)
(Can you do it, can you do it, can you do it, can you do the cool jerk?)
Come on, people(cool jerk)
Hey, hey

When they see me walkin' down the street (hey, hey, hey)
They think twice and then they speak (hey, hey, hey)
On their faces they don't wear their smirk
'Cause they know I'm a king of the cool jerk

(Cool jerk) come on people
(Cool jerk) can you do it now?
(Cool jerk)
(Come on people) can you do it, can you do it, can you do it, can you do it?)
(Can you do it, can you do it, can you do it, can you do the cool jerk?)
Come on people
(Cool jerk) can you do it now?
(Cool jerk)
Come on people
(Cool jerk) now you're doin' it

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The Capitols

The Capitols were a Detroit, Michigan-based soul trio widely known in the late 1960s for their Billboard hit single "Cool Jerk". more »

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Written by: Donald Storball

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