It may be looked back on with distaste now, but at the time Joe Dolce’s hit Shaddup You Face stormed the charts around the world. The song was first released in Australia in 1980, where it went to number one and was the most successful Australian produced single in Australian music history for 26 years, selling over 350,000 copies. Total sales worldwide of the song including the 35 different foreign language versions (including the aboriginal dialect Indjubundji) are set at 4 million copies!
The song also stormed the charts in the UK, hitting the top spot on February 17, 1981, denying Ultravox from reaching number one with their hit Vienna. In total, it reached number one in no less than 15 countries!
It was sung in a broad Italian accent (presumably not Joe Dolce’s normal voice), with the main chorus being the unforgettable:-
Gotta no respect?
Whaddaya think ya do?
Why you look-a so sad?
It’s-a not so bad.
It’s-a nice-a place.
Ah Shaddup you face.
That brings back memories doesn’t it? Or possible a shiver up your spine.Â IncrediblyÂ copies of theÂ song can fetch upwards of fifty pounds today. Â Want to hear it for real? Then check out the clip below!