I Can't Wait (Nu Shooz song)

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"I Can't Wait"
I Can't Wait NS.jpg
Single by Nu Shooz
from the album Poolside
(original version on Tha's Right[1])
ReleasedFebruary 1986
FormatCD single, 7", 12"
Length5:25 (album version)
3:40 (single version)
Songwriter(s)John Smith
Producer(s)John Smith, Rick Waritz
Nu Shooz singles chronology
"I Can't Wait"
"Point of No Return"
Music video
"I Can't Wait" on YouTube

"I Can't Wait" is a song recorded by American group Nu Shooz from the 1986 album Poolside. The song was originally recorded in late 1984 and was featured on the band's second album Tha's Right the following year. Credits on the back of the single indicate that the Poolside LP was originally to be called "The Point of No Return." The song was remixed overseas. This remixed version is the one that appears on Poolside.

In the United States, the song reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart in late March 1986, remaining atop the chart for two weeks. Soon afterwards, the song appeared on the Hot 100 chart, where it climbed to No. 3 in mid-June of that year, and remained in the top 40 for 15 weeks and it reached #2 on the R&B/Soul singles chart. In the United Kingdom, the song reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart. The single returned to the U.S. charts in 2015, where it peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Digital Songs chart.[3]

The song's American chart run coincided with that of a Stevie Nicks song also titled "I Can't Wait".

Critical reception[edit]

John Leland's writeup in a Spin magazine column wrote about the single, saying: "You can listen to this record as many times as you want and still not have any strong impressions that human beings actually made it. In other words, it's the perfect disco record."[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Jim Blashfield, it contains animations and has a hint of the very surreal. The plot has Valerie Day singing the song sitting at a desk, repairing a coffeepot, while tools and other oddities pass into the frame and out again, her dog sits nearby, wearing sunglasses.

Chart performance[edit]

In other media[edit]

Cover versions and samples[edit]

A rap cover of the song, "I Can't Wait (To Rock the Mike)", by Spyder-D was released later that year.

In 1996, Vanessa Williams used an interpolation of "I Can't Wait" in her hit "Happiness", which is one of the words in the original song.

"I Can't Wait'" was covered in 2002 by the British female R&B group Ladies First. It was a UK Top 20 hit, reaching number 19.

Brian McKnight's "Jam Knock" used a sample of "I Can't Wait" on his 1997 album, Anytime.

It was sampled by Natalie Alvarado's "I Can't Wait" off her 2005 debut album Natalie.

In 2007, the music was replayed in a remix for Paula DeAnda's single "Easy", featuring a rap appearance by Bow Wow; this song was produced by a production team by the name of The Flyntstones.

The song was sampled by Girl Talk in the song "No Pause" on his 2008 album Feed the Animals; the vocals to Work It by Missy Elliott are mixed over it.

Belgian beauty queen Tatiana Silva covered the song in 2008.[27]

The song was mashed up with Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot" by dj BC in a song called "Snoop's Nu Shooz", it was also mashed up with 50 Cent and Mobb Deep's "Have a Party" on the Statik Selektah mixtape of 2008 called The Empire Strikes Back; the track is titled "I Can't Wait (Have a Party Showoff Rmx)" (feat. 50 Cent & Mobb Deep).

The song is also sampled in the 2010 single "Buzzin'" by Mann.

The song was covered by Gavin Castleton for PDX Pop Now Compilation "Let It Rain."

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (October 24, 2015) from Billboard (October 14, 2015)
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  21. ^ "YouTube". Youtube.com. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
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  23. ^ MLIO 9000 (14 October 2015). "Icona Pop - I Can't Wait (Bass & Vocal Boosted)". YouTube. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  24. ^ "Nu_Shoozとは (ニューシューズとは) [単語記事] - ニコニコ大百科". Niconico Video (in Japanese). Retrieved 28 April 2019.
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