“You wouldn’t believe how many people have come up to us over the years and, when they find out we’re the band behind “I Can’t Wait”, have burst into song. “You mean THIS song?” they ask – and then out comes “B-b-baby, I Can’t Wait”, or the bass line, or the catchy synth sound “uh uh uh uh uh uh uh uh uh”. (Wish we had video footage of all these people singing. It would make a GREAT video montage!)
Anyway, after more than 20 years of people warbling at us a cappella, we thought we’d help them out with a background track. So, for all you karaoke crazies out there, here you go! Have fun!”
Valerie and John
In 1984, Valerie Day and husband, John Smith, recorded a self-produced five-song EP with their band Nu Shooz. Listener reaction to their funky dance track called “I Can’t Wait,” was strong and immediate – the kind of response known in radio jargon as “instant phones.” Airplay spread and the tune made its way to Europe, where a Dutch engineer created a remix that came back to the US and caught fire in New York dance clubs. “I Can’t Wait” reached #3 on the pop charts, #1 on the Urban charts, #1 on the Dance charts, and hit the the top 10 in Europe and Britain in 1986. Nu Shooz went on to record several other hit singles, and after selling more than a million records world wide, was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy in 1987.
“I Can’t Wait” continues to be played somewhere on earth every 11 minutes.