"Shaddap You Face" is a song written and performed by Joe Dolce (also known as the Joe Dolce Music Theatre) in 1981. It has set a number of sales and longevity records.
The song was full of broad Italian humour and included the chorus "Whassamatta you?/Gotta no respect?/Whaddaya think you do?/Why you looka so sad?/It's-a not so bad/It's-a nice-a place/Shaddap you face."
It went to Number 1 on the Australian pop charts in 1980. It reached Number 1 in the UK Singles Chart on February 21, 1981 and stayed there for three weeks until March 14, 1981. It was also Number 1 in 15 countries with over 35 different foreign language cover versions, selling over 4 million copies, with new cover versions being recorded every year. It is the only major Australian hit song translated into an aborginal language, the Northern Broome dialect of Indjibundgi, by aboriginal elder, Gnaryarrhe Inmury Waitarie. It has also been recorded in Papua New Guinean pidgin It remains the most successful Australian-produced single in Australian music history for 28 years straight with sales of over 350,000 copies. It was Australia's first triple platinum recording by the old count of 100,000 units = platinum, which has now changed to 75,000 units. In the UK, it famously stopped Ultravox from reaching Number 1 with "Vienna". In 2002, "Shaddap You Face" also overtook country legend Slim Dusty's 22-year longevity record for 'A Pub with No Beer,' which went to Number 1 in 1957, and was Australia's first gold record and only gold 78rpm record.
In the U.S., the song peaked at #53 on the Billboard Hot 100.