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Anyone who knows of the Connells knows how criminally underrated they were in the late 1980s and the 1990s. They're back! Well, kinda. The Connell brothers, Doug MacMillan, and keyboardist Steve Potak are still in the band (along with a couple of new members), but singer/songwriter/guitarist George Huntley and drummer Peele Wimberley. They're releasing a new album this fall, and the first single from it is OK. Perhaps more exciting is that they're touring! Their live shows were always so good. One time in college my girlfriend at the time asked me to have dinner with her family on the night the Connells were playing in town. I went to the show and caught a good bit of flack. A couple of years later my girlfriend went with me to the show when the Connells passed through again. She was so blown away that she told me she, too, would've skipped dinner with her folks had she known how good they were live. 

 

https://www.theconnells.com

 

 

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21 hours ago, kidsmoke said:

I've never heard of them before, but I like this!

 

 

If you're interested in exploring their catalog, I recommend starting with the album Fun & Games. If you like that one then I'd move on to Boylan Heights, One Simple Word, and Ring. It's always boggled my mind that these guys weren't huge. During my college senior year both my roommate and I had our cars broken into on the same night. The first thing i did when I discovered that one of the windows in my car had been broken out was to check on whether my Boylan Heights CD was still in the car. It was!  

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2 hours ago, Chez said:

I like "Still Life."

 

That's a solid record as well. I like all of their albums except Darker Days. They hadn't really developed their sound at that point, but by Boylan Heights they'd found it. One album that a lot of people either don't know about or have forgotten is Old School Dropouts. They released it after being dropped by TVT, and it's been out of print for years. I thought it was pretty good. Apparently some of the songs on it were unfinished, and updated versions will be on the new album. They also recorded a great cover of Nick Lowe's "Cruel to be Kind" that was supposed to be on a movie soundtrack but never saw the light of day on any release. I got a digital copy from the guy who ran a Connells fan site back in the day. I need to find that file, but it's on YouTube.

 

 

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I remember '74-'75 being played heavily on the adult alternative radio station in Des Moines when it came out. I liked it enough to buy the CD. Listened to it a few times and it didn't really click. I had completely forgotten about them, until a few years ago and re-listened. Still really love that song, but nothing else has soaked in. I will give Fun & Games a spin soon.

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3 hours ago, uncool2pillow said:

I remember '74-'75 being played heavily on the adult alternative radio station in Des Moines when it came out. I liked it enough to buy the CD. Listened to it a few times and it didn't really click. I had completely forgotten about them, until a few years ago and re-listened. Still really love that song, but nothing else has soaked in. I will give Fun & Games a spin soon.

 

They're one of those bands that reach some people when seen and heard live. I associate them and their shows with making great memories with college friends.

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