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Nu Shooz

Formed in 1979 by guitarist John Smith, Nu Shooz originated as a stage-sharpened jazz-funk band, as heard on their independently released 1982 debut album, Can't Turn It Off. The Portland, Oregon-based act underwent a major change in membership following its release, but Smith and vocalist/percussionist Valerie Day remained its core and adapted to contemporary trends with Tha's Right, a 1984 EP with songs in several styles, including pop-oriented R&B that resembled a mix of Cameo and Change. "I Can't Wait," the most distinctive inclusion, became a regional hit but didn't spread much farther until it was remixed by Dutch DJ Peter Slaghuis. The remix, known as "the Dutch mix," was championed by Larry Levan, revered DJ at New York's Paradise Garage. Nu Shooz were subsequently signed by Atlantic; the label recirculated "I Can't Wait," and the song reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1986. Follow-up single "Point of No Return," like "I Can't Wait," topped the club chart, though it merely cracked the pop Top 30. These two hits propelled Poolside, Nu Shooz's second proper album, into gold-selling status in the U.S. The group was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best New Artist and lost to Bruce Hornsby & the Range.

Although the freestyle-flavored "Are You Lookin' for Somebody Nu" became a number two club hit, and the ballad "Should I Say Yes" went Top 20 R&B, the duo's 1988 album for Atlantic, Told U So, wasn't nearly as successful as Poolside. After a long break, Smith and Day -- a married couple -- reactivated Nu Shooz and continued to perform. Additionally, they released Pandora's Box (2006), an eclectic set credited to Nu Shooz Orchestra, as well as Kung Pao Kitchen (2012), a compilation of previously unreleased material recorded during the late '80s and early '90s. Separately, Smith has composed music for films and advertisements, among other outlets. Day recorded a big-band/swing-styled album, Beginning to See the Light, and has taught jazz and contemporary voice at Portland State University. "I Can't Wait" remained one of the most enduring mid-'80s pop hits. It was frequently sampled and covered, and turned up in movies and on television programs, including Hot Tub Time Machine and Master of None. ~ Andy Kellman
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Track List: Poolside

1. Lost Your Number

2. I Can't Wait

3. Don't Let Me Be The One

4. Goin' Thru The Motions

5. You Put Me In A Trance

6. Point Of No Return

7. Secret Message

8. Don't You Be Afraid

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moleculematt
I can't wait.
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Very energetic song great for cardio
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Dopest song ever
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cmiller1638
Still love this song to this day - brings back lots of good memories!!!
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Love the jam
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Love free style in Brooklyn East N.Y.Bring it back in 80 90
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Nice
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It s lil gina s b day lets do it
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lizabdiaz
♡ this song !!brings back good memories
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Good sounds great voice great 80's music!!
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One of the best jams from the 1980s that made my childhood cool.
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dlanie17
Love this song...grew up listening to this as a kid!
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Great son
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I grew up with this song, reminds me of my younger years. Freestyle classic song!!
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old school classic
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Jamming to this at the Rainbow Club in Darmstadt Germany 86-88
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danced my butt off to this song back in the day !
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Unforgettabl e throw back.
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lamesha35hal e
Feel Good Music..... :)
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I STILL ROCK THIS THROWBACK THROWDOWN
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Great memories. Good throwback
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tomman30
So cool ole school
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Luv that 80s s**t it just never gets old (70s baby music)
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Hate that song
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Dude I got it chopped and screwed y'all should hear this mutha fuka!!
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This song bring back great memories of South Korea in 1986. Nothing but fun. I miss everyone in Charlie Company 304th Signal Battalion 1st Signal Brigade 1985-1986
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I can't wait is the best music in the 80ty's...
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This chic is delicious singing this. And I got laid too this so yes got some good memories lol
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Luv the 80's
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#OldSchoolGr o o v e s N e v e r G e t O l d
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awesome song!!!
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splack112
Good song. That bio is pretty funny. shows what happens if you fit in with whats cool and not stick with what your fans love.
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Cool late 80's throwback.
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This was a smash dance tune .
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olarecovery7 6
Awesome jam, this is back when they made real music with actual musical instruments
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jerande45
Yeah this was one those one hit wonders. It was good though, who would had thought this bad as duo was from Portland Oregon.
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Whoa!!! I haven't heard this song in so many years! I love it. But all this time I pictured the singer looking way differently.
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Feel free to check out my channel, great music there. And comment too, it's all love.
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Word, i'm all about old skool music, the 80's in particular.
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yuriah8
I looooove the 80s and 90s. BEST TIMES EVER!
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Memories ahhhh!!
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Now Playing: I Can't Wait by Nu Shooz on '80s FlashBACK! Radio (Hits1 Radio Network)
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Old skool asta la madre! Man this is REAL MUSIC! Know ya member those good old days with REAL MUSIC!
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Wish those days could come back
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So many great memories from this track!!!
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classic..and on a Friday!!!
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Sooo many memories. Stand up Y.O. New York


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This is my jam!!!
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This Song Is The Shiz Nit!!!❤️��
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Dancing smiling grooving to this oldschool jam!! I Can't Wait....
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