"Yakety Yak" by The Coasters
"Don't give me no dirty looks, your father's hip, he knows what cooks."

In 1958, The Coasters were made up of Carl Gardner, Billy Guy, Will Jones and Cornell Gunter. Sometimes called "The Clown Princes of Rock and Roll" due to their stage antics and the comedic thread in their songs, The Coasters had charted in 1957 with "Searchin'" and its flip side "Young Blood." 1958 was to bring their biggest hits. "Yakety Yak" was, like their other hits, written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It entered the top forty on June 9th, 1958 and would achieve the #1 spot. The lyrics had an instant appeal to teenagers who could identify with the refrain -- "yakety yak, don't talk back." Their 1958 follow-up, "Charlie Brown" reached #2 on the charts. Both songs featured the sax playing of King Curtis.






Take out the papers and the trash
Or you don't get no spendin' cash
If you don't scrub that kitchen floor
You ain't gonna rock and roll no more
Yakety yak (don't talk back)

Just finish cleanin' up your room
Let's see that dust fly with that broom
Get all that garbage out of sight
Or you don't go out Friday night
Yakety yak (don't talk back)

You just put on your coat and hat
And walk yourself to the laundromat
And when you finish doin' that
Bring in the dog and put out the cat
Yakety yak (don't talk back)

Don't you give me no dirty looks
Your father's hip; he knows what cooks
Just tell your hoodlum friend outside
You ain't got time to take a ride
Yakety yak (don't talk back)

Yakety yak, yakety yak
Yakety yak, yakety yak
Yakety yak, yakety yak
Yakety yak, yakety yak

week debuted highest ranking Date Highest Rank Weeks in Top Twenty Weeks in Top Forty BillBoard Rank Cashbox Ranking GT rank
1958 6 9 1 1958 7 21 10 15 21