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The Connells

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The Connells are an American band from Raleigh, North Carolina. They play a guitar-oriented, melodic, power pop style of rock music, with introspective lyrics that reflect the American South. Despite many lineup changes, the band is still together.

Guitarist Mike Connell formed the band in 1984, along with his brother David Connell on bass, Doug MacMillan on vocals, and future filmmaker John Schultz on drums. This initial four-person line-up was quickly supplemented by the addition of George Huntley on second guitar, keyboards, and vocals. Around the same time, former Johnny Quest drummer Peele Wimberley replaced Schultz, finalizing the “classic” line-up of the band.

From the beginning of the group, Mike Connell wrote both the music and the lyrics of the majority of the band’s songs, although he was not the band’s primary lead singer. Connell’s influences included the 1960’s guitar pop of his childhood, including The Byrds and The Beatles; in an early interview, he stated that the first song he wrote as a teenager was titled “Psychedelic Butterfly.”

Like Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Johnny Marr of The Smiths, Connell and Huntley played Rickenbacker guitars for the first several years of the band’s career, creating a jangly, folk-rock sound reminiscent of The Byrds and other Southern U.S. and North Carolina bands of the era, such as the dB’s and Let’s Active.

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  • vexes

    74'-75' is one of the best songs of all time! [3]

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • vojtechpetrik

    Fun & Games is awesome album! :)

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • macpro

    "Ring" is one of my favorite albums of the 1990s. I have several other albums and tracks too.

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • VencikCRP

    Great band, great music!

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • dinhbang123

    74'-75' is one of the best songs of all time! [2]

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • niko_carmona

    One Hit Wonder 74' 75' [2]

    20 Oct 2012 Reply
  • AndreDias164

    One Hit Wonder 74' 75' still a great hit :D

    19 Aug 2012 Reply
  • haterbot9000

    One Hit Wonder 74' 75'

    5 Jun 2012 Reply
  • abfdrumz

    Nice to see that Amazon has all of their albums from _Boylan Heights_ (1987) through _Still Life_ (1998) as MP3 downloads for $9. That's pretty much a steal...especially for _Ring_.

    19 May 2012 Reply
  • Abandoned93

    74 75 is one great stuff ... too bad I didn't heard it until few days ago : )

    20 Mar 2012 Reply
  • sl8221958

    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?

    9 Mar 2012 Reply
  • angrybird17

    I liked 'lay me down'. It's quite a beautiful song.

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • pan_stanley

    'ring' is really good, however the only song I heard in radio was obviously '74-'75 ..

    28 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Crossred

    Supergrupo a descubrir.

    25 Apr 2011 Reply
  • novis

    Ring is a really good record.

    4 Feb 2011 Reply
  • rmuggles

    74'-75' is one of the best songs of all time!

    24 Jan 2011 Reply
  • WolfpackFan

    The Connells playing in Charlotte, NC on December 29th at the Neighborhood Theater!

    28 Dec 2010 Reply
  • mad1391

    super guilty pleasure song here

    12 Nov 2010 Reply
  • therolemodlin

    Ready to see them tonight.

    12 Nov 2010 Reply
  • llama_hates_you

    74-75 . <3 loove it .<3

    2 Sep 2010 Reply
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