Nu Shooz

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Nu Shooz
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Background information
Origin Portland, Oregon, United States
Genres blue-eyed soul
Years active 1979–present
Labels
Website www.nushoozmusic.com
Members

Nu Shooz is an American freestyle/R&B group fronted by husband-and-wife team of John Smith and Valerie Day, based in Portland, Oregon, United States. The Shooz released four albums in the U.S. during the 1980s. Their third album, Poolside, brought the group's sound to a wider audience.

Career

Nu Shooz formed in 1979 in a lineup that originally featured 12 members. This incarnation of the group released its debut album, Can't Turn It Off, in 1982. Although the album saw limited success, the band continued on, paring its lineup down to seven members over the next several years.

Nu Shooz originally released the single "I Can't Wait" in Portland in April 1985 on Poolside Records. The original session happened at Cascade Recording in Portland in the fall of 1984 and was also featured on the band's sparsely distributed second album, Tha's Right, in 1985.[1] "I Can't Wait" was a big hit on Portland radio stations at that time, but Nu Shooz was turned down by every major label. A copy of the song made it to the Netherlands, where it was remixed by Peter Slaghuis. This version is known as the 'Dutch Mix.' The remix came back into the United States as an import on Dutch label Injection Records. This version got the attention of Atlantic Records, which signed the band to a contract in January 1986.[2]

Nu Shooz scored two major pop/R&B/dance hits. "I Can't Wait" climbed to No. 2 on the R&B charts and No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June 1986 and spent 15 weeks in the Top 40, and it also hit No. 1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart earlier that year. Its follow-up, "Point of No Return," was remixed by Shep Pettibone and also topped the dance chart in September 1986; the song peaked at No. 28 on the Hot 100 and No. 35 on the R&B chart. Both singles were on the album Poolside, which charted on Billboard's 200 chart at No. 27, and sold 500,000 copies in the U.S., garnering gold record RIAA certification on October 2, 1986.[3]

In 1987, Nu Shooz was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best New Artist category, based on its breakthrough success the previous year.[4] The group lost to Bruce Hornsby & the Range; the other nominees that year were Glass Tiger, Simply Red, and Timbuk3. In 1988, the band released the album Told U So, which had its final chart entries to date: "Should I Say Yes?" hit No. 17 on the R&B chart and No. 41 on the Hot 100, while the track "Are You Lookin' for Somebody Nu" topped out at No. 2 on the dance chart. The album itself peaked on the Billboard 200 to No. 93 and was only an overall success in the urban market. "Time Will Tell" was supposed to be the first single from the third album for Atlantic, which was titled Eat & Run, but the album was never released.

In 2007, Nu Shooz was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.[5] Also that year Smith and Day formed a spin-off band called Nu Shooz Orchestra with a sound they called "Jazz-Pop-Cinema."[6] They released one album, Pandora's Box, in 2010 along with music videos for the songs "Spy vs Spy," (directed by Mike Wellins) and "Right Before My Eyes" (animated by Smith and Day’s son Malcolm Smith.)[7] The following year "I Can't Wait" was sampled in the hit song "Buzzin'" by Mann.[8]

In 2012, the band released Kung Pao Kitchen, a return to their '80s roots. A year later they put the live group back together for the first time in 20 years and joined the '80s era tour Super Freestyle Explosion.[9][10] A cover of "I Can't Wait", performed by Icona Pop and produced by Questlove, was used in a 2015 series of Target commercials.[11]

Nu Shooz continues to record and perform.[2]

Discography

Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[12]
US
R&B

[12]
AUS
[13]
CAN
[14]
GER
[15]
NLD
[16]
NZ
[17]
SWI
[18]
UK
[19]
1982 Can't Turn It Off
  • Release date: 1982
  • Label: Nebula Circle
1985 Tha's Right
  • Release date: March 1, 1985 [1]
  • Label: Poolside
1986 Poolside
  • Release date: May 5, 1986
  • Label: Atlantic
27 18 79 16 30 25 23 32
1988 Told U So
  • Release date: March 28, 1988
  • Label: Atlantic
93 49 72
2010 Pandora's Box
  • Release date: June 10, 2010
  • Label: NSO Music
2012 Kung Pao Kitchen
  • Release date: June 28, 2012
  • Label: NSO Music
2016 Bagtown
  • Release date: May 21, 2016
  • Label: NSO Music
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[12]
US
Dan

[12]
US
R&B

[12]
AUS
[13]
CAN
[14]
GER
[15]
NLD
[16]
NZ
[17]
SWI
[18]
UK
[19]
1985 "I Can't Wait" Tha's Right
"Goin' Too Far"
1986 "I Can't Wait" (remix) 3 1 2 11 1 2 9 3 4 2 Poolside
"Point of No Return" 28 1 36 23 24 18 23 48
"Don't Let Me Be the One" 39
1988 "Should I Say Yes" 41 17 83 Told U So
"Are You Lookin' for Somebody Nu" 2
"Driftin'"
1992 "Time Will Tell" Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other releases

  • Nu Shooz: Then and Now DVD (NSO Music LLC, 2006)

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Nu Shooz- Tha's Right album information @nushoozmusic.com Archived 2011-11-08 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 12-3-2011.
  2. ^ a b "Obscure R&B band Nu Shooz morphed into synth-pop stars". Wax Poetics.
  3. ^ During an appearance on American Bandstand , the group brought a dry erase board on stage in order to clarify the spelling of their name.People were spelling it as New Shoes when it was actually Nu Shooz. The group asked people to spell their name correctly or the they would change their name to MONG!!!
  4. ^ "GRAMMY NOMINATIONS: HIGHS AND LOWS : Winwood, Gabriel and Simon Garner Most Nominations". latimes.
  5. ^ "2009 and Earlier". omhof.org.
  6. ^ Boris Plantier. "Nu Shooz: 'A record label is good at one thing - selling pieces of plastic'". Yuzu Melodies.
  7. ^ "You Again?: Nu Shooz Orchestra, "Pandora's Box"". Popdose.
  8. ^ "Mann". billboard.com.
  9. ^ "Nu Shooz 'Can't Wait' for Super Freestyle Explosion in Ontario". dailybulletin.com.
  10. ^ Jason DeBord. "Super Freestyle Explosion with Stevie B, Lisa Lisa, Exposé, Debbie Deb, Shannon, Trinere, Johnny O, Nu Shooz, Pretty Poison, Stacey Q at HP Pavilion - San Jose, California - 6/29/13 (Concert Review)". Jason DeBord's Rock Subculture Journal.
  11. ^ "Hear Icona Pop and ?uestlove's Cover of Nu Shooz's 'I Can't Wait'". Spin.
  12. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > Nu Shooz". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-11-11.
  13. ^ a b David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  14. ^ a b "CAN Charts > Nu Shooz". RPM. Retrieved 2014-11-11.
  15. ^ a b "GER Charts > Nu Shooz". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2014-11-11.
  16. ^ a b "NL Charts > Nu Shooz". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2014-11-11.
  17. ^ a b "NZ Charts > Nu Shooz". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2014-11-11.
  18. ^ a b "SWI Charts > Nu Shooz". Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 2014-11-11.
  19. ^ a b "UK Charts > Nu Shooz". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-11-11.
  20. ^ a b "US Certifications > Nu Shooz". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2014-11-11.
  21. ^ a b "CAN Certifications > Nu Shooz". Music Canada. Retrieved 2014-11-11.
  22. ^ "UK Certified Awards Search > Nu Shooz". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2014-11-30.

Other sources

  • The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition - 1996 - BPI Communications - ISBN 978-0823076321

External links

  • Nu Shooz - Official website
  • Valerie Day - Valerie Day's official website
  • Nu Shooz on YouTube
  • Valerie Day Interview - NAMM Oral History Library (2016)
  • John Smith Interview - NAMM Oral History Library (2016)
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