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More than two decades after their 1986 Top Ten Hit single, “I Can’t Wait,” took the world by storm, NU SHOOZ returns with a new album, “Pandora’s Box”, and a 10 piece orchestra Gil Evans would have loved. Formed in Portland, Oregon in the summer of 1979, their line-up has changed over time, but in all its various forms, they’ve always pushed the boundaries between pop, funk, and jazz. Now, with the release of Pandora’s Box, Portland’s favorite soul explorers take one giant leap for mankind with a brave new sound, combining their signature brand of funk with elements borrowed from Film Noir, ‘60s Spy Movies and even Tarzan.

Yes, Tarzan.

Lyrical and dreamlike, playful and sublime, PANDORA’S BOX is the latest stop in the continuing journeys of band leaders Valerie Day and John Smith. The NU SHOOZ Orchestra is our experimental music laboratory,” Day says, “and John the mad scientist of beats and chords.” This latest addition to the NU SHOOZ sonic landscape features nine new songs, along with remakes of three SHOOZ classics from the band’s 1986 Gold Record “Poolside:” an all-grown-up funky version of the Billboard Top 40 hit “Point of No Return,” a laid back “Driftin’” and a jazzy 20th-anniversary version of the band’s #3 Billboard hit “ I Can’t Wait.”

Since the ‘80s Day and Smith have both had unique and varied experiences. Day has been performing and recording jazz (www.valeriedaysings.com), and created “Brain Chemistry For Lovers”, a combination concert, cabaret and science lecture that explores the neuroscience of Romantic Love (www.brainchemistryforlovers.com). Smith has been a composer and arranger - scoring indie films and hundreds of commercials (www.malcocreative.com).

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. They’ve toured with some of the biggest names in show business, including Tina Turner, Billy Ocean, and the Pointer Sisters.

And the journey continues…

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released August 1, 2010

The NU SHOOZ ORCHESTRA is:
Valerie Day –Vocals, Congas, percussion
John Smith- Guitar, Piano, Hammond B-3
Drew Shoals- Drums
Dennis Caiazza- Bass
Mike Horsfall- Vibes, Keys
Tim Jensen- Woodwinds
Paul Mazzio- Trumpet And Flugelhorn
Lars Campbell- Trombone
Justin Kagan- Cello
Skip Von Kuske- Cello

Additional Musicians: Michael Beach, Da’Mone Batease, Dave Captein, Tom Cheek, Julie L. Coleman, Rich Cooper, Shannon Day, China Forbes, Gary Hobbs, Sean Holmes, Alpha Lang, Chris Mayther, Megan Moran, Una O’Riordan, Curtis Salgado, Ross Seligman, Chan Tan, Gregg Williams

“The music I desire must be supple enough to adapt itself to lyrical effusions of the soul and the fantasy of dreams.” Claude Debussy

PRODUCED BY GREGG WILLIAMS
WRITTEN AND ARRANGED BY JOHN SMITH
MIXED BY DAVE FRIEDLANDER
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: VALERIE DAY
ALBUM COVER ART and DESIGN: LUKE FELDMAN (skaffs.com)

Recorded by Gregg Williams @ POOLSIDE and THE TRENCH, Portland, Oregon, Mastered by: Tony Lash @ SUPER DIGITAL, Portland Oregon
Music Copyist: Tom Cheek

Thanks; D. Hamilton, Malcolm Smith, Lance Limbocker at Downstream Sound, Greg Lee, Kevin Welch and All Shooz Past, Present, And Future.

This album is dedicated to Fritz Richmond.

ALL SONGS COPYRIGHT ©2006 by JOHN R. SMITH except ‘Point of No Return’ ©1985 John Smith and Valerie Day, ‘I Can’t Wait’ ©1984 John Smith, “Driftin’” © 1987 John Smith, ‘Charade’ ©1963 by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini, and ‘Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most’ ©1955 by Wolf/Landesman
ALL SONGS PUBLISHED BY MALCO CREATIVE/BMI

“Everything you’ve ever heard comes out in what you play.” Keith Richards

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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: Welcome To My Daydream
WELCOME TO MY DAYDREAM
by John R. Smith

Welcome
To My Daydream
Let me take you
Far away
in the daytime
Far away

Welcome
to my garden
Really want to show you
On the inside
Glistening let me take you
Far away

Welcome
to my daydream
Maybe I could show you
All the places
I have found
I will show you
Only you

Somewhere
There’s a garden
Behind a waterfall
In the evening
If you’re listening
There are places
Made of sound

Welcome………...….

Welcome to my daydream
Let me take you
Far away
In the daytime

Somewhere
There’s a garden
Anytime I want to
I can go there
I will take you
in my daydream
Far away

Ahhhh…….
Track Name: Spy vs. Spy
Spy vs. Spy
by John Smith

I stare into
A swirling maze
One world inside
A fragile shell

Clandestine lives
Are self contained
To hide the spy
The spy within

Beyond the reach of mortal things
To find the spy
The spy within

Abandoned mines
And broken chains
I find the lamp
And light the flame

When all is gone the self remains
To try to find
The spy within

Beyond the reach of mortal things
To find the spy
The spy within

Beyond the world the self remains
To find the spy
The spy within

The spy within

When all is gone the self remains
Behold the spy
The spy within
Track Name: Right Before My Eyes
RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES
by John R. Smith

The miracle of life
Seasons change from day to day
All the world
Is a stage
It’s a sign
That you are changin’
You are changin’

All the worlds a play
And your hand that writes the page
What a world
I can see in your eye
You are changin’
Right before my eyes

Why’d you have to go
How I wish that you could stay
Here with me in a world
that we made
But you are changin’
You are changin’

A moment in a dream
In between the cracks of time
But I know for today
You are mine
You are changin’
Right before my eyes
Right before my eyes

Right before my eyes
Right before my eyes
Track Name: Pandora's Box
PANDORA’S BOX
By John Smith

I’ve been accused of being sad
Is it because
I dress in black
one day I found a box
an ordinary box
I looked inside

I was transformed forever
Pandora’s Box

Oh when I look into my past
I see a thread
A thousand years
Dating back
To Mary Queen of Scots
Or Anne Boleyn

Oh what a fool I’ve been
Lost my head
What will I do without a head
Just like Marie Antoinette
I’m rearranged
Above the neck

I went out to the park
Twas merely following my muse
Communing with the ducks
I looked inside a hole and there I found
a brand new world

One within
My inner self
Pandora’s Box

You never know what I will do
When I get up everyday
And go outside
Outside to play
Among the objects of desire
Joy and pain

What would I do without you
To keep me sane

Ahhhhhhhh…………

But when I look inside the box
I see myself
reflected in the mirror of the world

Oh Madre Dios
What will I do
Now that I’ve gone and opened up
Pandora’s Box
And now
I cannot get it closed
I’ve really gone and done it now
Track Name: Color of Everything
COLOR of EVERYTHING

Love is black and white
Love is red all over
I take my brush and paint a portrait of you
A portrait of my desire

All the colors start to run together
Till they become the color of everything

Love is burnt sienna
Aquamarine azure and alizarin crimson
I pick up my brush to paint a portrait of you
A portrait of my invention

All the colors start to run together
Till they become the color of everything
All the colors start to run together
Till they become the color of everything

The color of everything…

All the colors start to run together
Till they become the color of everything
Till they become the color of everything

Color of everything
Color of everything
Color of everything

Horns back in through ending
Track Name: Looking Glass
LOOKING GLASS
by John R. Smith

There’s a man in a stocking cap
Squeeking notes from a coronet
He may never get good
Never stand on a stage
Never sound like anyone but a man
In a stocking cap

There’s a man with a shopping cart
Full of poetry
In spiral bound notebooks
Pages run from the rain
Running from the man
The man with the shopping cart

There’s a girl in a mini skirt falling down
It’s her time to fall down
It’s her time to fall down
It’s her time
To run
From the woman in the Looking Glass

The woman in the Looking Glass
If only she could go through the Looking Glass
If only she could go through the Looking Glass

There’s a woman living in a car
With all her dogs and cats
She’s happy in a way
All she wants is to be left alone
To be left alone
With the woman living in a car

If only she could go
If only she could go
If only she could go

Through the Looking Glass
Track Name: Miles Beneath The Sea
MILES BENEATH THE SEA
by John R. Smith

Miles
Beneath The Sea
A coral grows
On the starboard light

Miles beneath The Sea
A chandelier
Above the promenade
Where no one ever goes

Miles
Beneath The Sea
A coral grows
On the starboard light

Miles
Beneath The Sea
A chandelier
A wing, a fan, a flower opening

Miles
Beneath The Sea
A gentle shape
Leaves a shadow on the sand

A sailing ship
from long ago
From a distant place
Where no one ever goes

A desert land
of shifting sand
And here
and there
a monument
to the work of man
And what his hands have made
And what his hands have made

Beneath the sea
A coral grows
A hundred fathoms down
Where light will never go

And what his hands have made
Beneath the Sea

Miles beneath the Sea
Miles beneath the Sea
Miles beneath the Sea
Track Name: Before The Fall
BEFORE THE FALL
by John R. Smith

My Muse it strayed
Across the desert land
I knew the way
Though I never had been there

The ancient stones they read
About a place
Abandoned long ago I knew the way

Though I never had been there
I had never been there
Before….

The ancient scrolls had turned to dust
The pages crumpled at the touch of my hand
Who knows what words of wisdom
could have saved us all
I knew the song, I knew the words

Though I never
had been there
I had never been there

Before….
Before the Fall
Before the Fall

Though I never had been there
I had never been there

Before
Before the Fall
Before the Fall
Before the Fall
Before the Fall
Track Name: Charade
CHARADE
by Henry Mancini

When we played our charade
We were like children posing
Playing at games
acting out names
guessing the parts we played

oh what a hit we made
we came on next to closing
best on the bill
lovers until
love left the masquerade

fate seemed to pull the strings
I turned and you were gone
While from the darkened wings
The music box played on

Sad little serenade
Song of my hearts composing
I hear it still
I always will
Best on the bill charade
Track Name: Skeets Benni
SKEETS BENI
by John R. Smith

Skeets Beni had long bangs
They hung down so low
Eye specialist told her
You better cut ‘em or you better not drive
No, ya better not drive

Skeets Beni drove a pink MG
With a continental wheel
Made a living as a car hop
Till the day that she didn’t show up
No she didn’t show up

Did you ever hear about Skeets Beni
Did you ever hear about Skeets Beni
Did you ever hear about Skeets Beni
She liked to drive too fast

Did you ever hear about Skeets Beni
Did you ever hear about Skeets Beni
Hey now, hey now
She liked to drive too fast

Every town in the whole wide world
Has a dead mans curve
Charlie found pieces of the pink MG
But they never found her
No they never found her

Did you ever hear about Skeets Beni
Did you ever hear about Skeets Beni
Did you ever hear about Skeets Beni
She liked to drive too fast

She liked to drive too fast
You know they never found her
Oh no they never found her
You no they never found her
No they never found her

Did you ever hear about Skeets Beni
Did you ever hear about Skeets Beni
Did you ever hear about Skeets Beni
She liked to drive too fast

Did you ever hear about Skeets Beni
Did you ever hear about Skeets Beni
Hey now, hey now
She liked to drive too fast

She liked to drive too fast
She liked to drive too fast
Track Name: (The Return of) Point of No Return
(The Return of) Point of No Return
by John R. Smith and Valerie Day

I was your friend,
And you were mine
You’d been around for a long long time.
I loved you then,
But not like now
Something has changed
And i dont know how.

Well, i’m at the point of no return
I’m at the point of no return
It’s taken me a while to learn
I’m at the point of no return

I’ve never been
In love like this
You turned me around
With just one kiss.
I’ve never seen you
In this way before
Now you got me wantin’ more and more.

Well i’m at the point of no return
I’m at the point of no return
It’s taken me a while to learn
I’m at the point of no return

I’m at the point sing w/horns
It’s taken me a while to learn
I’m at the point
Of no return

No turnin back –
Its much too late
To go back now would be a big mistake.
It’s taken me
A while to learn
I’m at the point of no return.

I’m at the point
I’m at the point

I’m at the point
I’m at the point
Track Name: Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
SPRING CAN REALLY HANG YOU UP THE MOST
by Landesman/Wolf

Spring this year has got me feeling
Like a horse that never left the post
I lie in my room
Staring up at the ceiling
Spring can really hang you up the most

Morning's kiss wakes trees and flowers
And to them I'd like to drink a toast
I walk in the park
Just to kill the lonely hours
Spring can really hang you up the most

All afternoon those birds twitter-twit
I know the tune
This is love, this is it
Heard it before
And I know the score
And I've decided that spring is a bore

Love seems sure around the new year
Now it's April
Love is just a ghost
Spring arrived on time
Only what became of you, dear
Spring can really hang you up the most

All afternoon those birds twitter-twit
I know the tune
This is love, this is it
Heard it before
And I know the score
And I've decided that spring is a bore

Doctors once prescribed a tonic
Sulfur and molasses was the dose
Didn’t help a bit
My condition must be chronic
Spring can really hang you up the most

All alone, the party is over
Old man winter was a gracious host
But when you keep praying
For snow to hide the clover
Spring can really hang you up the most.
Track Name: Driftin'
DRIFTIN’
by John R. Smith

Picked up by the changin’ tide
Drifted from the shore
Soon there was no land in sight
I couldn’t see you anymore

Our love is slippin’ away
Just like the twilight on a rainy day
I’m driftin’ away from you

Driftin…
Driftin away from you, what can I do
I’m driftin’
Driftin away from you

While I was sailing all alone
I found an island in the storm
Where I could sit beside the fire
And find some shelter from the cold

Our love is slippin’ away
Just like the sunlight on a cloudy day
I’m driftin’ away from you

Driftin…
Driftin away from you, what can I do
I’m driftin’
Driftin away from you

Like the sunlight on a cloudy day
Our love is slippin’ away
Like the twilight on a rainy day
Our love is driftin’ away

Tell me baby, what can I do
I’m driftin’ away from you
What can I say, don’t you know that I’m driftin’ way from you

Driftin’…..I’m driftin,
Driftin….i’m driftin away from you