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I Can't Wait Unplugged


NU SHOOZ has dressed up its memorable 80’s hit single, “I Can’t Wait,” for the new millennium with a sophisticated and sexy R&B/Pop/Jazz-interpretation.
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Can't Wait Unplugged
5:11 $0.99
2. I Can't Wait Radio Edit
4:23 $0.99
3. I Can't Wait Go Remix
5:37 $0.99
4. I Can't Wait Go Remix Instrumental
5:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
It’s been 20 years since NU SHOOZ owned the global dance floor with the hit single, “I Can’t Wait.” Audiences picked up on it from the very first time it was played on KKRZ FM in our hometown of Portland, Ore...but who knew it would become an enduring ‘80s classic, as loved today as it was two decades ago.

Even now the subject of NU SHOOZ comes up every day. We get letters from remote corners of the world. We get stopped on the street by fans who say, “That was my favorite song when I was in high school!” or ask “When are you guys going to get back together?” The answer to the former has always been, “Thanks so much!” To the latter, it’s been a shrug and some- thing like, “Hmm...well...never.”

Now, don’t get us wrong. NU SHOOZ has been good to us. Very good. From the early days of packing in the crowds for Ladies Night at The Last Hurrah, to tours when sleeping at the Economy West Motel (“For The Rest of Your Life”) versus our own cars was luxurious, to having a Top Ten hit on the Billboard charts, a Grammy nomination, appearances on American Bandstand and Solid Gold, England’s Top of the Pops....

But the 80s are long gone and we’ve moved on: John to writing everything from film scores to comic books, Valerie to performing and recording with big bands and some of the nation’s top jazz musicians.

So why look back?

Not too long ago, at a fundraiser for our niece’s school, a few fans uttered the predictable call, “Play ‘I Can’t Wait!’” Our first response was the usual, “We can’t play ‘I Can’t Wait’ with just a singer and an acoustic guitar. That song has, like, ten horn parts! And what about the bass line?”

Then, suddenly...“Well, why not?” So we did it; one guitar, one voice, unplugged. When it was over, some of the audience was actually in tears! And instead of never, we were left wondering, “What if...”

What if we did bring the “song that wouldn’t die” to a larger audience once again? You know, as a thank you of sorts to the fans and supporters that made all of this possible in the first place? Even better, what if we built a bridge from yesterday’s sound to that of what turns us on today? After all, to quote Astro- Lounge composer Esquivel, “A song is like a Barbie Doll.” It’s fun to dress them up in new outfits!

We recorded the “I Can’t Wait” unplugged version as an experiment, dressing up Barbie for the new millennium. We didn’t know if we’d even like it...but we did. We hope you do too.

Thanks for listening!

NU SHOOZ was nominated for a “Best New Artist” Grammy award in 1987 and earned a Gold record for its album, “Poolside.” The band has been featured on seminal music programs from “American Bandstand” to the UK’s “Tops of the Pops,” and has toured with many of the biggest names in pop and R&B, including Tina Turner, Billy Ocean, the Pointer Sisters and many others. Still adored for a sound that helped define a decade, NU SHOOZ is all grown-up and back for a new ride.

Valerie Day - vocals, congas
John Smith - guitar
Gregg Williams - drums, percussion
Dave Captein - bass
Sean Holmes - backup vocals
Mike Horsfall - vibes
Paul Mazzio - trumpet
Una O'Riordan - cello

Produced by: Gregg Williams and Valerie Day
Engineered and mixed by Gregg Williams
Go Remix produced by: John Smith
Go Remix mixed by: John Smith and Gregg Williams
Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering

Graphic Design - Gere Donovan Creative
(Mike Donovan Hausler, Adam Murdoch)

Photography - Phil Harris
Best Grip - Scott Jones
Stylist - Shannon Day
Makeup/Hair - Heather DeField

Special thanks to: Rick Waritz, Greg Lee, Karamy Muessig, Kevin Welch, Malcolm Smith, Chloe's posse - Laura and Muriel, and to all NU SHOOZ fans...past and present.

All selections ©1985 JohnSmith/Nu Shooz Orchestra LLC/BMI



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Bylli Crayone

After 20 Years... Its still Hot!
I have been a long time fan of NU SHOOZ since the original version was released back in 2006. I dont live in Portland Oregon, I am i the Boston area and I found out about this single due to an ADD REQUEST I got from NU SHOOZ on MySpace... I was like.. NO WAY! When I heard this new version I fell in love with NU SHOOZ all over again. I bought this CD and I Love It. Love the Unique Digipack casing too and the GO REMIX is my favorite!

On a side note: I personally think a REMIX album by NU SHOOZ is long over due. If there is was to be released, I will be first in line. New Dance Mixes and the Original 12" Versions would make a Great remix album! Would love to hear "SHOULD I SAY YES" in a Club Mix! Got the number to Junior Vasques, Tracy Young or Chris Cox? Hit them up...They are all on MySpace too! Much love to NU SHOOZ!

Your Boston Boy
~Bylli Crayone


Just Beautiful!
I was always fond of the original version, but this new arrangement is simply amazing! I find myself listening to it over and over.


Great, absolutely love it!!!
Listing to this brings back good memories... I really like the added jazz flavor this version has.


Love the song so much, I put Nu Shooz on my license plate!! I am very excited to get the new CD. Loved it in 86' and will love it in 2008.

Joseph Islas

From Joe with Love
I could never get over the original version and now I'm into the Chillout sounds of your latest versions. You are number one in my chillout list! Best Wishes and keep in touch, J

Bill Lunna

I really liked your acoustic version of I Can't Wait. I like the song any way you do it! It makes a great addition to my Nu Shooz collection. Keep on playing and releasing the good material!


20 Years...Simply Amazing!
The 2006 version of their dance/pop smash finds John & Valerie returning to their early jazz roots while drawing from their vast and different experiences in the years since I Can't Wait topped the charts in 1986. Like the previous versions, this one is just as soulful, but has been scaled back from its very electronic predecessors with rich textures and a maturity of a fine wine. The new version is much more reminscent of the original late 1983 session with the legendary Fritz Richmond, invoking more of the late engineer's arrangement of the track, mournful cellos replace the punch of the horns; whereas a muted trumpet whistfully accompanies Valerie's amazing voice. Highly recommended!


I am 26 and this the version from 86 is My FAVORITE Song. i aske for it every party i go to. I do not know when was the first time I heard the song, but i know i LOVE it. I have to hear it when I go out. I also made a request for it to go into rotation a couple of times at my reception in may. Can you come perform????????? Just thought I would ask. My friends think I am crazy to want his song all the time. i like the new version alot to.

G, Bishop

well rounded smooth Jazz.
It was before its time in 1986, now its timeless.

Rich, The GICH

Like driving a classic car in a time warp.
Nothing short of magical. There is no other way to describe the vibe, the riffs, the groove, that this song captures, and captured back then.
I could jump 50 inches off the ground when this was playing during a warm-up dunk contest before a basketball game! yah boy!
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