This novelty song pokes fun at Italian Americans with thick accents and exaggerated speaking gestures. Joe Dolce was born in Ohio, and his parents were Italian American. In the late '70s, he took a train from Ohio to California and wrote some poetry, including this song. He moved to Australia in 1979, where he created the Joe Dolce Music Theater and created the character Giuseppe, which he used to perform this song.
This song topped the chart in over 15 countries including Australia, Canada, France and Germany and 18 months later, England, where it kept Ultravox's "Vienna" from the #1 spot. It went on to sell 6 million copies worldwide and has been recorded in over 35 different foreign language cover versions. It is the most successful Australian produced single in Australian music history, with sales of over 350,000 copies.
Chicken Joe from Cairns, AustraliaI knew Joe Dulce when we grew up in the back blocks of Brunswick. His mother used to used to call out to him: "Hey Joe. Don't forget your lunch." He used to say aghhhh mum. Shaddup a ya your face! That's a true story! Guido pollo.
Mike from Boston, MaIt was rumored that this was the one song that DJ's "hated" to play at the time. I do not know why at all.
Eugene from Minneapolis, MnThis song got as high as #53 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981 and it was his one and only appearance on that chart.
Ekristheh from Halath, United StatesAnnabelle: yes, "Shaddup-a you face" is "Shut up your face." Chico Marx popularized this corny pseudo-Italian way of speaking in the 1920s. Try going to an Old Time Radio website and listening to episodes of "Life with Luigi".
Annabelle from Eugene, OrI wonder if the title is a play on the words, "Shut Up Your Face"? Maybe some guy said "Shut Up" to someone, and that someone probably misheard the words "Shut Up" as "Shaddup".
Liquid Len from Ottawa, CanadaIf you have the 45 of this, play the flip side. It's a mindless little ditty, 'Aint in no hurry', and in the middle of it all he starts going on "hey folks, this is the big B side of the record". It's hilarious.
Pete from Nowra, Australiaa while ago it was the anniversary of that particular song here in Australia....a few of my radio announcer buddies , tried to contact Joe for an interview .... no problem but he wanted a fee.... bit rich...... it was a one hit wonder...obviously needed the cash.......