by Matthew Singer/Willamette Week
For a song to achieve immortality, it's going to need an especially sharp hook.
Sometimes it's a riff. Sometimes it's a melody. In the case of Nu Shooz's "I Can't Wait," it's the sound of Donald Duck scatting through a vocoder.
God knows what the keyboard preset is actually labeled. But you'd recognize it before the prominent bassline, or even the title. It wasn't even the band's idea—a Dutch DJ threw it on a remix—but it was the missing piece that, in 1986, propelled a regional Portland hit into a global smash. Read More
It's REALLY happening. Our most fun and funky record to date is about to be released - and we want YOU at the party! So...
Save The Date for the NU SHOOZ CD Release Concert and Party
at The Star Theater in Portland OR on Saturday, May 21st.
Thinking to yourself, “Awww bummer. I CAN’T go cuz I don’t live anywhere NEAR Portland OR.”? Don’t despair! We will be LIVE STREAMING the show so that all our fans EVERYWHERE can be there. More details and ticket info to come... Read More
2016 is shaping up to be a banner year. We're in the midst of making one of our most fun and funky albums to date - BagTown - and can't wait to share it with the world in May. We've got some great shows coming up too! February 26 we’ll be in Boca Raton FL playing for the first time ever with Debbie Gibson, A Flock of Seagulls, Information Society, Wang Chung, and Modern English for the ‘Reunion: The Ultimate 80s Concert.’ Read More
Check out this Spotlight Interview in Scarlett Monet Magazine where we talk with Al Mauro about how we met, what keeps the music alive, and where we're headed. Starts on page 16. Thanks Al! Read More
The Nu Shooz family has much to be thankful for, most of all YOU, our loyal listeners who have supported our band all these years. To all of you we send our wishes for a safe and lovely holiday season. Our gift to you...an intimate live video performance of 'Christmastime is Here' in our studio with our backup singers Tracey, Margaret, and Haley. You'll laugh - you'll cry - and not necessarily in that order. (Make sure and check out the outtakes at the end. They're the best part ;-) Enjoy! Read More
Recently we spent the afternoon with Tracy Barry of Portland's KGW News Channel 8 to discuss Nu Shooz, the Target 'Now This Is Plaid' campaign featuring Iconapop's remake of 'I Can't Wait' (produced by Questlove), and our upcoming album 'BagTown.' To see the interview please read on! Read More
It's an Old School Jam in Phoenix...PLUS the Making of our Nu CD - 'BagTown' continues! For behind the scenes video please read on... Read More
We’ve FINALLY started RECORDING! Read More
After a year of song writing, “Bag Town” is ready to roll into the studio. We actually started laying down some tracks TODAY. We’ll be sharing more of this adventure with you all as it progresses, so please stay tuned!
This Saturday, September 19th we'll be performing at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernadino CA along with Zapp, M.C. Baby Bash, The Manhattans and more. John says "I used to catch Art's radio show Sunday afternoons on KGFJ, the AM soul station down in Los Angeles. I was 11 years old! Who knew someday our paths would cross." Art is 90 now and still going strong. He's an inspiration to John (who just turned 60 this month!)
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We had an amazing summer full of shows with both our full 8 piece band and the Super Freestyle Explosion Tour. We feel so lucky to get to travel and play with so many great acts and musicians. We wanted to share some of these experiences with you - so Valerie started making little movies on her iPhone. So far we've got Philadelphia, Stockton CA and Las Vegas in our "On The Road" playlist on YouTube. Hopefully we'll get YOUR city in the mix someday soon! Read More