“Cool Jerk” was written by Donald Storball and recorded by The Capitols in 1966. Originally called “Pimp Jerk,” they decided to rename it when they realized that no radio station would play it. It reached #2 on the R&B chart, #7 on the Hot 100, and #9 in Canada. I always liked this song.
It’s been covered a few times, including by Todd Rundgren, who made it even jerkier by doing it in 7/4 time. Here are the contestants for today.
The Strangers This was the B side to their 1967 single, a cover of The Five Americans’ “Western Union.”
The Go-Go’s From their 1982 album Vacation, it was made into a video in 1991.
Okay, you should know what to do by now: listen to the two covers mentioned above, decide which you like better, and vote for it by leaving a comment below. Then, visit Stephen, who runs this semi-monthly music fest, vote in his battle, and then look in the right-hand column of his blog, where he has a list of all the other bloggers doing a Battle of the Bands, visit their blogs, and vote in their battles. Easy-peasy? You betcha! I’ll announce the winners of this battle next Thursday, November 8, so be sure and vote before then.
The lines are now open. Best of luck to The Strangers and The Go-Go’s!