You may have lost one hour of your weekend (FUCK DAYLIGHT SAVING) and that hurts more than peeing after having bareback sex with Usher, but I’m going to ease your pain a little bit by letting you know that the musical glamour group of the 80s, Nu Shooz, is still together and still spreading their brilliance throughout the land. Nu Shooz is fronted by husband and wife, John Smith and Valerie Day. Valerie is the voice of Nu Shooz while John writes most of the songs, plays the guitar and keyboards, and does a little singing himself. Wikipedia says Nu Shooz was created at the very end of the 70s in 1979 in Portland, Oregon. At first, the group had 12 members (Who did they think they were? A J-pop idol girl group?), but I guess they were sick of ending up with a handful of dust after splitting up their profits twelve ways. They cut the group down to 7 members and were led into music legend status by freestyle’s answer to Captain & Tennille (read: John Smith and Valerie Day).
In 1985, Nu Shooz released their biggest hit and the freestyle classic I Can’t Wait, which was on their second album Tha’s Right (tha title isn’t a typo made by me, for once). They weren’t signed to a record label at the time, but when I Can’t Wait was remixed by a Dutch DJ and got play outside of Portland, Atlantic Records signed them. I Can’t Wait hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987. They were nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy in 1987 but lost to Bruce Hornsby & the Range. I don’t know how that happened. Yes, Bruce Hornsby’s last name sounds like “whore’s bee” and he should get a million awards for that alone, but he never delivered this much casual 80s glamour and an easy, breezy freestyle slow jam.
Their third album, Poolside, came out in 1986 and on it, was a semi-hit called Point Of No Return, which sadly isn’t a cover of the Exposé song.
Nu Shooz put out four more albums, the latest one came out in 2016. John and Valerie are still married, and they still spread freestyle perfection across the land. Here’s Valerie giving you “Cruella de Vil at the disco” glamour and busting out some choreographed two-step moves with her man while performing with Nu Shooz last year:
That’s such a small stage for a 15,000-seat stadium. Don’t correct me on that “15,000-seat stadium” shit. Just let me stay in my delusional bubble where Nu Shooz is selling more tickets than the tragic pop stars of today.