Over There, Fun And Games, Something To Say -- really great songs, along with several others. Their sound is unpretentious, the feel is joyful tinged with a little sadness. Though I know they have fans, I'm the only one I've ever met. Most folks I know have never heard of them, and I live in Atlanta. Ironic idnt it?
The best song by 'The Connells' is 'Just Like That' on "Weird food and devastation". Everything else they've made is utter shit. The only reason that JLT is good is because of the insane droning voice in the background. WAFFLE HUT!!
About one third of the songs by The Connells possess a unique quality that I cannot quite put into words... there is just something incredibly -- magical (for lack of a better term) -- about the feel of these songs. The first time I saw The Connells live - in a tiny, run-down dive - afterward, I felt as if I had just awakened from a powerful dream that was so wonderful I didn't want to let go of sleep; but knew I could never say why. However, it's not just the live shows; you can hear it when you play their songs. It is sort of similar to that hard-to-describe "Fall - feeling" that Autumn often has. Hear it in: "Something To Say, ""Fun & Games", "Upside Down", "Stone Cold Yesterday", "Scotty's Lament", "One Simple Word" and many more. The Connells are the most overlooked and underated rock band in the US.
Come on... I've loved The Connells since the day Fun & Games came out and I promise all of you who only know 74 -7;: The Connells have a couple dozen songs that are even better than that (admittedly great) song!
'74-'75 is brilliant...but c'mon folks, if you like that one, you'll almost certainly like all of "Ring" at the very least. Yes, I know it's out of print, but Amazon has it used for $7 after shipping. Hardly unreasonable for one of the most wonderfully melodic, tentatively joyous albums ever recorded.