The Capitols Cook Jerk

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The Capitols Cook Jerk

The Capitols Cook Jerk

R&B

The 1960s had a number of dances, and one of them was The Jerk. In 1964, The Larks released “The Jerk,” and The Miracles released “Come on Do the Jerk.” Then in 1966, The Capitols, a Detroit-based R&B soul trio, had a hit with “Cool Jerk.” Now, the “Cool Jerk,” written by group member Don Storball, originally was called the “Pimp Jerk.” The story goes that there were neighborhood pimps who were too cool to dance the jerk like everybody else at the clubs, so the joke was that they did a pimp jerk. The producer of the song didn’t think that title would go by the censors and receive much airplay, so the title was changed.

The Capitols formed in Detroit in 1962, first calling themselves The Caps. For “Cool Jerk,” they were Samuel George as lead vocalist and drummer, Don Storball on backup vocals and guitar, and Richard Mitchell on backup vocals and keyboard. Additional instrumentation was provided the fabulous session musicians The Funk Brothers. The song went to #7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B Chart.

There have been numerous covers of the song, including versions (some with changes in the lyrics), by The Go-Go’s, Todd Rundgren, Big Trouble, The La De Das, The Tremeloes, The Funk Brothers featuring Bootsy Collins, and The Coasters, to name a few. The song has remained popular on oldies stations. It also has been used in Cool Whip commercials and has appeared in many movie soundtracks, including More American Graffiti, Night and the City, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, and Calendar Girl.

Here are the lyrics to “Cool Jerk” by The Capitols:

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)
When the fellas want to speak
(Hey, hey, hey)
On their faces they wear silly smirks
‘Cause they know I’m the king of the cool jerks, ooo

Cool jerk, cool jerk
Cool jerk, aha…

Look at them guys lookin’ at me like I’m a fool
But aww, deep down inside they know I’m cool
I said, “Now” I said, “Now, the moment of truth has finally come”
When I have to show you some, some of that cool jerk
Now, give me a little bit of drums by himself there
Now, give me a little bit a bass with those 88’s

Aww, you’re cookin’ baby
Umm, you’re smokin’
Umm umm umm
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 it

Cool jerk
(Come on people)
Cool jerk
(Hey, hey )

When they see me walkin’ down the street
(Hey, hey, hey)
Think twice and then they speak
(Hey, hey, hey)
On their faces they wear a silly smirk
‘Cause they know I’m the king of the cool jerk, ooo

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 it

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