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Kung Pao Kitchen

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Everybody’s favorite 80’s band is back with a collection of songs from the late 80’s that sound as funky today as they did when shoulder pads and neon colors ruled the earth.

KUNG PAO KITCHEN is the latest release from Portland Oregon’s NU SHOOZ. The band that first won the hearts and minds of the world with ‘I Can’t Wait’ is back with a collection of songs from the tape vaults. Bandleader John Smith explains; “These were songs that were rejected by the record label. Funny thing was, 20 years later they were still playing in our heads. So we went into the studio and put up the tapes to see what they sounded like…and wow, they were amazing. It was like opening up King Tut’s tomb and, instead of finding a dried up mummy you find the whole royal family in there partying!”

The album represents a return to the slamming bass lines and punchy hooks of that album and its predecessor ‘Poolside.’ It captures the group at the height of their groove. KUNG PAO KITCHEN is a time capsule from the days when the Shooz ruled dance floors from Cleveland to Cape Town.

KUNG PAO KITCHEN is the full-meal deal!!!

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released May 21, 2012

PRODUCED BY ALPHA LANG FOR EVOLUTIONLAB

Arranged by John Smith, Jeff Lorber, Margaret Linn
Recorded 1988 to 1992 at JHL STUDIOS, Pacific Palisades, California. Spectrum Studios, Portland Oregon, and BEDROK I & II, Portland Oregon, Paisley Park, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Uberdubs at Titanic Studio B, Portland Oregon, July 2011-March 2012
Remixed by Gregg Williams at The Trench, April 2012
Cover Art and Design, Ginnie MacPherson, Matt Smith
Cover Photography, Jeanna Edelman

MUSICIANS

Phil Baker- Bass
Damone Brown- Vocals
Valerie Day- Lead and Background Vocals, Congas, Percussion
Shannon Day- Vocals
Pete Epstein-Alto Saxophone
Tracey Harris- Vocals
Zack Harris- Vocals
Linda Hornbuckle- Vocals
Calvert Johnny- ‘Toaster’
Margaret Linn- Vocals
Lewis Livermore-Trumpet
Jeff Lorber- Keys, Percussion
Alec Milstein- Bass Guitar
Maceo Parker- Alto Saxophone
Ron Regan-Tenor Saxophone
Ross Seligman- Vocals
John Smith- Guitars, Piano, B-3, Alto & Bari Saxophone

“The past is prologue.”
Wm. Shakespeare

“I just try to play the pretty notes.”
Charlie Parker

“Sometimes I feel like I’m a curator for a fine sonic time”
Gregg Williams


ANYTIME- © 1991, 2012, John R. Smith
WOULD IF I COULD, ©1991, 2012 John R Smith
DIDN’T WANNA TELLYA, ©1991, 2012 John R Smith, Valerie Day
YOU PUT A SPELL ON ME, ©1992, 2012 John R Smith, Margaret Linn
HOW DID WE FALL IN LOVE, ©1992, 2012 John R Smith, Valerie Day
I JUST WANNA TALK ABOUT YOU, ©1992, 2012 John R Smith
DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE, ©1991, 2012 John R Smith, Valerie Day
STOP PRETENDING, ©1992, 2012 John R Smith
WHEN I THINK OF YOU ©1988, 2012 John R Smith, Valerie Day

ALL SONGS PUBLISHED BY NU SHOOZ ORCHESTRA LLC, BMI

Thanks to: The Three Dorothys, The First Cosmic Band of Divine Economy, Captain Whizeagles, Rick McMillan at SUPER DIGITAL (Bake the tapes at 130 degrees for 24 hours, then only play them once,) Cliff and Lofty at AUDIX USA, The LUCKY STRIKE, Portland Oregon, for the KUNG PAO BEEF, Alan Elliot, Kevin and Becky at FUJIN, Justin Huggins for keeping it all running, Mark Fried, Priyan, and everybody at SPIRIT MUSIC, Mom and Bill, Momo and Neener, John Chamberlin, Pete, Pearce, and Dave at The Twelfth Fret, Phil X, Larry, Chris, Danny, Scott, Dave, Bobby, Marc, Tim Tubb, and the whole Felicidades Crew. You know what your contribution was. Mario [roll the ‘r’] Gonzales, Jenny Rafter, Don Hurley, Lowell McGregor, Loressa Williams, Jack Canata, Cathy Cassidy, Cyberguide Casey Murphy, Mario Cosentino, Marcello, Uhane Pedras, COMIC EMPIRE, EVOLUTIONLab…

and ALL SHOOZ PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE.

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NU SHOOZ Portland, Oregon

NU SHOOZ was nominated for a “Best New Artist” Grammy award in 1987 and earned a Gold Record for the album “Poolside.” Their breakthrough hit, “I Can’t Wait” continues to be played on radio stations around the globe every 11 minutes. The band has been featured on MTV, VH1, and classic music programs like American Bandstand, Solid Gold, and the UK’s Top of the Pops.
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Track Name: How Did We Fall In Love
HOW DID WE FALL IN LOVE

How did we fall in love?
Do you remember?

Let's fall in love just like the first time
Let's fall in love all over again
Try to remember how we felt when this was new
Try and forget all the bad times we've been through

How did we fall in Love?
Do you remember?
How did we fall in love?
Let's do it again

We've been together for a long time
Through thick and thin you've been my best friend
A love this deep should have no ending
Let's fall in love all over again

How did we fall in love?
Do you remember?
How did we fall in love?
Let's do it again

Do you remember our first kiss
The first caress that lingered on our lips
The slightest touch, a passing glance
Would take me out
I never had a chance

So many people think that love is lost
When it has just gone into hiding
To bring it back is the worth the cost
Of working it out
'Cause that's what true love is about

How did we fall in love?
Do you remember?
How did we fall in love?
Let's do it again
Track Name: When I Think Of You
When I think about you baby
I get a certain feeling and it just won’t go away
When I think about you baby
I know there is no reason why I shouldn’t feel this way

No matter where you are
I hope that you’ll remember me
Time is passing by
But you’re still on my mind
No matter what you do

When I think of you
I’m in heaven, I’m in love

When I think of you
I’m in Heaven, my Love

When I think about you baby
I know I’ll never go back to the way it used to be
When I think about you baby
I know that you are changing
But that’s alright with me

No matter where I go
I’ll only think about the good things
And leave the rest behind
‘Cause you’re still on my mind
No matter what you do

When I think of you
I’m in heaven, I’m in love

When I think of you
I’m in heaven, my love

Well I’m in love baby, yeah
I’m in love, baby, baby, baby
When I think of you
I’m in heaven, my love

When I think about you baby
I know that all my searchin’s finally comin’ to an end
When I think about you baby
I know that I’d be crazy to go through it all again

No matter where you are
I hope that you’ll remember me
Time is passing by
But you’re still on my mind
No matter what you do

When I think, about you baby
I don’t know if you love me
But I hope that it is true
I know you won’t deceive me
But if you ever leave me
I don’t know what I’d do
Cause when I think of you….

I’m in love baby, yeah
I’m in love baby, baby, baby

When I think of you
I’m in heaven, my love
I’m in love