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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Nu Shooz

Nu Shooz originally formed in 1979 and featured 12 members.  But nothing much happened for them the first few years.  In 1985 as a husband and wife duo "I Can't Wait" came out and they broke righteously.  But in a roundabout way, ironically the Peter Slaghuis mix from the Netherlands is what broke the record.  In fact it was HUGE at The Paradise Garage, and played as an import.  Apparently Larry Levan would toy with it mixing it for as long as a full half hour.

It eventually made it all the way to #2 on the R&B charts and #3 on the pop charts, while making it to #1 in Canada and on the U.S. dance chart.  Furthermore it was fully embraced by the Freestyle community who embraced the song as their own, though this lily white couple from Portland, Oregon were certainly not Latino.
 The follow-up single "Point of No Return" was equally as pleasing but it didn't have the impact of "I Can't Wait" so they are sort of considered one hit wonders.  They were even nominated for a Grammy as best new artist.
In 1988 their last hit was "Should I say Yes" which went Top 20 R&B but the track "Are you Lookin' for Somebody Nu" became another hit on the dance chart.

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