10 Aug 2019

Joe Dolce: the poet behind Shaddap You Face

From Saturday Morning, 11:05 am on 10 August 2019
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What's-a matter you? Hey! Gotta no respect?

Joe Dolce kept Ultravox's 'Vienna' off the top of the charts with his 1981 hit 'Shaddap You Face'.

An ode to his Italian-American roots, the lyrics used phrases he remembered his grandparents saying in his childhood.

The song sold millions of copies and was a no.1 hit in 11 countries from New Zealand to the UK. It's since been translated into 15 languages and covered by hundreds of artists.

He still performs solo and with his partner Lin Van Hek, and is increasingly recognised for his work as a poet and essayist.