Song Lyric Sunday | “I Can’t Wait” – Nu Shooz

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Clothing/Hat/Pants/Scarf/Shirt/Shoes/Tie.


I went left of center this week and used the theme in the group name instead of the song.

Originally to be called The Point of No Return, the song was remixed overseas and the title changed to I Can’t Wait. It’s the remixed version that appears on the 1986 album Poolside by the group Nu Shooz.

The song reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart in late March 1986, remaining atop the chart for two weeks and No. 3 on the Hot 100 chart, where it climbed  in mid-June of that year, and remained in the top 40 for 15 weeks. I Can’t Wait reached #2 on the R&B/Soul singles chart.


  • The song’s American chart run coincided with that of a Stevie Nicks song also titled I Can’t Wait.
  • A writeup in Spin magazine said about the single: “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.”

The music video 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.


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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

I Can’t Wait

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia,, and YouTube.

11 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday | “I Can’t Wait” – Nu Shooz

  1. I love No Shooz. Although “I Can’t Wait” is a great song, my favorite is “The Point of No Return”. I love the 12″ mixes of Nu Shooz songs too.


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