NU SHOOZ

Homebase: Portland, OR.
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Nu Shooz is a Portland, Oregon group fronted by husband-and-wife team of John Smith and Valerie Day. The band released four albums in the U.S. during the 1980s, and it was its third album, Poolside, that brought the group's sound to a wider audience. 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 recording was done 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. "I Can't Wait" was a big hit on Portland radio stations at the time, but they were 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. It was this version that got the attention of Atlantic Records, which signed the band to a contract in January 1986. Nu Shooz scored two major pop/R&B/dance hits. "I Can't Wait" climbed to #2 on the R&B charts and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June 1986 and spent 15 weeks in the Top 40, and it also hit #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart earlier that year. Its follow-up, "Point of No Return," also topped the dance chart in September 1986, and peaked at #28 on the Hot 100, and #35 on the R&B charts. Both singles were on the Poolside album which charted on Billboard's 200 chart at #27, and sold a half million copies in the U.S., garnering gold record RIAA certification on October 2, 1986. In 1987, Nu Shooz was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best New Artist category, based on its breakthrough success the previous year. The group lost to Bruce Hornsby & the Range. In 1988, the band released the album Told U So, and its single, "Should I Say Yes?," hit #17 on the R&B charts and #41 on the Hot 100, while "Are You Lookin' For Somebody Nu" topped out at #2 on the dance charts. The album itself peaked on the Billboard 200 to #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, Smith and Day reformed the group as the Nu Shooz Orchestra, which featured a more cinematic approach. The band released an album, Pandora's Box, in 2010 along with a music video titled "Spy Vs. Spy," and on June 28, 2012, the album Kung Pao Kitchen was released.

 

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SIZE: 7"
SPEED: 45 rpm
DISC NOTES: Bar code label

A-SIDE MATRIX: ST - A - 54194 - SP
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE: ST - 54194 - 1 (etched)
A-SIDE COMPOSER: Smith - Day
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Poolside Music, Inc. (BMI)

B-SIDE MATRIX: ST - A - 55661 - SP
B-SIDE STAMPER CODE: STA - 55661 - 1 F/W  (etched )
B-SIDE COMPOSER: Smith - Day
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Poolside Music, Inc. (BMI)

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Side One
1. Right On The Money
2. Fashion
3. Caught In The Wheels
4. You Gotta Wait

Side Two
1. Time's Runnin' Out
2. Free To Be
3. Minor Yours
4. Hand In Hand

LOCATION: Portland, OR
RECORDING PERSONNEL:  Towner Galaher [drums]; David Musser [vocals]; John Smith [guitar]; Valerie Day [vocals, congas]; Lewis Livermore [trumpet, flugelhorn]; Rod Wootan [trombone, organ, piano, Prophet 5]; Danny "Reed" Shauffler [alto sax. tenor sax, flute]; Tom Cheek [tenor sax, baritone sax], Jonathan Drechler [bass]

Others: Danny Brandt [ additional synthesizers]
RECORDING STUDIO: Desitrek Recording
RECORDING ENGINEER: Doug Durbrow

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SIZE: 12"
SPEED: 33 1/3 rpm
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MISC NOTES: Both songs from the Nebula Circle Records album Can't Turn It Off (NCR-2051)

LOCATION: Portland, OR
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RECORDING STUDIO: Desitrek Recording
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SIZE: 7"
SPEED: 45 rpm
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2.) A - B retail disc.*

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B-SIDE COMPOSER: J. Smith - M. Wilder - V. Day
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1985 - 03 - 01

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2010. Reissued in MP3 format. (No #)

Side 1
1.) Underground
2.) I Can't Wait (American Mix)
3.) Goin' Too Far
4.) Make Your Mind Up
5.) Don't Turn Back

Side 2
1.) Underground
2.) I Can't Wait (American Mix)
3.) Goin' Too Far
4.) Make Your Mind Up
5.) Don't Turn Back4785

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MISC NOTES: National release = Atlantic 7-89446

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A-SIDE COMPOSER: John Smith
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FORMAT: disc
SIZE: 7"
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A - A promo disc. Blue label background. Black logo, numerals and lettering including PROMOTIONAL COPY NOT FOR SALE.
2.) A - B retail disc. Black and orange label. Orange ATLANTIC  Black logo, numerals
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A-SIDE MATRIX:
1.) ST - A - 49746 - SP
2.) ST - A - 49746 - AR
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE:
1.) STA 49746 - 1 (etched)
2.) STA 49756 - 2   R - 16029 - 2 (etched)
A-Side Composer: John Smith & Valerie Day
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Poolside Music (BMI)

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1.) ST - A - 49746 - SP
2.) ST - A - 49752 - AR
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1.) STA  49746 - 1 (etched)
2.)  STA 49757 -2  (etched)
B-SIDE COMPOSER: J. Smith & Valerie Day
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Poolside Publishing (BMI)

MISC NOTES: From the forthcoming Atlantic album Point Of No Return. National release of "I Can't Wait" (Poolside PRC - 1001)

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A - A promo disc. Blue label background. Black logo, numerals and lettering including PROMOTIONAL COPY NOT FOR SALE.
2.) A - B retail disc. Black and orange label. Orange ATLANTIC. Black logo, numerals and lettering.

A-SIDE MATRIX: ST - A - 49074 - AR
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE: ST A  49074 - 2     OR 15300 - 2 (etched)
A-SIDE COMPOSER: J. Smith
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Poolside Music (BMI)

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1.) ST - A - 49074 - AR
2.) ST - A - 49038 - AR
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1.) ST A 49074M- 2  OR 15300 - 2 (etched)
2.) ST A 49038 - 2  OR  15288 - 2 (etched)
B-SIDE COMPOSER:J. Smith - V. Day - M. Wilder
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Poolside Music (BMI)

MISC NOTES: Never released in 45 rpm format.

From the Atlantic album Poolside (81647-1)

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"Lost U Number" Compilation Album Reissues:
1.) 1986. Disc #1, Side B, Track 2 on Budweiser Concert Hour (Westwood One 86-16 /  BC 86-16)

2. 1987. Disc #1, Side B, Track 2 on Miller Sound Express Concert Hour (Westwood One Radio Networks SC - 08)

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SIZE: 12"
SPEED: 33 1/3 rpm
DISC NOTES: Vocal / Vocal; Dub Mix

A-SIDE MATRIX:ST - DM-49747-AR
A-SIDE COMPOSER: John Smith - Valerie Day
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Poolside Music (BMI)

B-SIDE MATRIX: ST-DM-49755 / 49748-AR
B-SIDE COMPOSER: John Smith - Valerie Day
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Poolside Music (BMI)

MISC NOTES: Also issued in cassette (81647-A) and compact disc (81647-2) formats.

Side One
1. Lost You Number
2. I Can't Wait
3. Don't Let Me Be The One
4. Goin' Thru The Motions

Side Two
1. You Put Me In A Trance
2. Point Of No Return
3. Secret Message
4. Don't You Be Afraid

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FORMAT: disc
SIZE: 7"
SPEED: 45 rpm
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1.) A - A promo disc. Blue label. Black logo, numerals and lettering including PROMOTION COPY NOT FOR SALE
2.) A - B retail disc. Black and Orange label. Orange Atlantic. Logo and other numerals and lettering black.*

"Don't Let Me Be The One" Album Reissues:
Disc #1, Side B, Track 2 on Budweiser Concert Hour (Westwood One 86-16 / BC 86-16) compilation LP. 1986

Disc #1, Side B, Track 2 on  The Miller Express Concert Hour. (Westwood One Radio Networks SC-08) compilation LP. 1987

A-SIDE MATRIX: ST - A - 50667 - SP
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE: STA - 50667 - 1 (etched)
A-SIDE COMPOSER: John Smith
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Poolside Music (BMI)

B-SIDE MATRIX: ST -A -  50667 - SP
B-SIDE STAMPER CODE: STA - A - 50667 - 2 (etched)
B-SIDE COMPOSER: John Smith - Lewis Livermore - Jeff Lorber
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Poolside Music (BMI)

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RECORDING PERSONNEL: Featuring Maceo Parker
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FORMAT: disc
SIZE: 12"
SPEED: 33 1/3 rpm
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"Club Mix" "Club Mix Edit"  /  "Acid Shooz Mix" "UNAVAILABLE ON LP"

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MISC NOTES: Also issued in cassette tape and compact disc formats.

One
1. Told U So (Smith)
2. Should I Say Yes? (Smith - Day)
3. Are You Looking For Somebody Nu (Smith - Day)
4. Wonder (Smith)

Two
1. Driftin' (Smith)
2. If That's The Way You Want It (Smith - Day)
3. Montecarlo Nite (Smith)
4. Savin' All My Time (Smith - Day)
5. Doin' Alright (Smith)

LOCATION: Minneapolis, MN / Portland, OR / Los Angeles, CA
RECORDING PERSONNEL: Valerie Day [lead & backing vocals, congas, timbales, bongos, assorted percussion]; John Smith [guitars, keyboards, drum programming]; Maceo Parker [alto sax]; Alex Millstein [electric bass]; Ricky Peterson [keyboards, cymbals]; Linda Hornbuckle, JD Steele, Jacetta Steele, Bunny Hull [backing vocals]; Gregg Williams [some drums]

Additional musicians: Jeff Lorber [keyboards, drum programming, piano];
RECORDING STUDIO: Metro Studios; Paisly Park Studios / Spectrum Studios; Pace Communications / JHL Studio; Village Recorder; Sunset Sound Factory; Larabee Sound
RECORDING ENGINEER: David Z; Tommy Tucker, Jr.; Tom Tucker, Sr.; Jeff Lorber; Jeff DeMorris, Steven Shelton; Paul Rataczak; Alan Meyerson; Drew Canulette; Taavi Mote

FORMAT: disc
SIZE: 12"
SPEED: 33 1/3 rpm
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A-SIDE MATRIX: ST-A-886791-AR
A-SIDE PUBLISHER:  Poolside Music, Inc. (BMI)

B-SIDE MATRIX: ST-B-886792-AR
B-SIDE PUBLISHER:  Poolside Music, Inc. (BMI)

MISC NOTES: Worldwide there are 22 format and mix variations  of this song.

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Also released in cassette tape format (Atlantic #81647 - 4)

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Artist photo picture sleeve

From The  Album Told U So (Atlantic LP 81804)

Also issued in cd promo format (PR 2250 - 2)

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SIZE: 7"
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1.) A - A promo disc. Blue label background. Black logo, numerals and lettering. LP VERSION / EDIT  PROMOTION COPY NOT FOR SALE

2.) A - B retail disc. Orange label background. Orange ATLANTIC. Black logo, numerals and lettering.*

A-SIDE MATRIX:
1.) ST - A - 54220 - SP
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1.) ST - A - 54220 - 1(etched)
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A-SIDE COMPOSER: John Smith
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Poolside Music (BMI)

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1.) ST - A - 56307 - SP
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1.) ST - A - 56307 - 1 (etched)
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B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Poolside Music (BMI)

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SIZE: 7"
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1. ) A - A promo copy. Blue label. Black logo, numerals and lettering including PROMOTION COPY NOT FOR SALE.

2.) A - B retail disc. Orange and black label. Orange ATLANTIC. Black logo, numerals and lettering. Bar code.

A-SIDE MATRIX:
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2.) ST - A - 54192 - SP
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2.) STA -54192 - 1 (etched)
A-SIDE COMPOSER: Smith - Day
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Poolside Music, Inc. (BMI)

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2.) ST - A - 54193 - SP
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2.) ST - A - 54193 - 3 (etched)
B-SIDE COMPOSER: Smith
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Poolside Music, Inc. (BMI)

MISC NOTES: Artist credit on disc: NU SHOOZ ORCHESTRA.] Contains bonus track #14 (Twentieth Anniversary Edition) of "I Can't Wait"

1.) Welcome To My Daydream
2.) Spy vs. Spy
3.) Right Before My Eyes
4.) Pandora's Box
5.) Color Of Everything
6.) Looking Glass
7.) Miles Beneath The Sea
8.) Before The Fall
9.) Charade
10.) Skeets Beni
11.) (The Return Of ) Point Of No Return
12.) Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
13.) Driftin'
14.) I Can't Wait

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FORMAT: compact disc
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2012

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Tracks:
1.) Anytime (John R. Smith)
2.) Would If I Could (John R. Smith - Margaret Linn)
3.) Didn't Wanna Tell Ya (John R. Smith - Valerie Day)
4.) You Put A Spell On Me (John Smith - Margaret Linn)
5.) How Did We Fall (John R. Smith - Valerie Day)
6.) I Just Wanna Talk About You (John R. Smith}
7.) Different Kind Of Love (John R. Smith - Valerie Day)
8.) Stop Pretending (John R. Smith)
9.) When I Think Of You (John R. Smith - Valerie Day)

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#[No # On Label]
2015

MISC NOTES: Single song  cd fund raiser for Boston Athletic Association.

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#[No # On Label]
2016

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1.) Bagtown
2.) Soul Cushion
3.) Your Perfect Day
4.) Real Thing
5.) Tell Me A Lie
6.) Way Out
7.) Crazy Thing
8.) Party's Not Over
9.) The Rail I Ride

LOCATION: Portland, OR
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RECORDING STUDIO: EvolutionLab
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vocal/long dutch mix

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B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Poolside Music

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A-SIDE COMPOSER: John Smith & Valerie Day
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Poolside Publishing (BMI)

 

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