Monday, January 25, 2016

Robbed hit of the week 1/25/16 - Nu Shooz's "Should I Say Yes"...

"Should I Say Yes" - Nu Shooz
from the album Told U So (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #41

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the Portland, Oregon duo Nu Shooz, who took their debut hit "I Can't Wait" to the top of the pop, R&B, and dance charts in the summer of 1986, followed by the top-40 "Point Of No Return". Two years later, the married pair of Valerie Day and John Smith released their second major-label album, Told U So, which was more laid-back soulful than their last. The first single, "Should I Say Yes", was a departure from the sound they were known for, with a sparse electro-beat reminiscent of the freestyle work of Stevie B...

While "Should I Say Yes" climbed to #17 on Billboard's R&B chart, the single stopped short at #41 on the pop Hot 100. It also was a minor hit in the Netherlands. The two attempted a more upbeat follow-up with "Are You Lookin' For Somebody Nu", which did make it to #2 on the Dance chart, but by then mainstream radio had left them behind. They continue to record and perform, though, tagging on to the 'freestyle oldies' circuit that's been lucrative.

(Click below to see the rest of the post)

...and here's Nu Shooz playing live for a radio broadcast in 2014...

No comments: