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The Connells — Something to Say
Album: Fun & Games
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Released: 1989
Length: 3:34
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Oh, you never learned the 'Whens' and 'Wheres' and 'Whys'
And I still believe that you were dying to be everything
To everyone and for all time
Ah, the golden boy did you stop trying?

Did it turn out stale, or did it simply lose its wonder?
Could you hold it up from out and under?
Does the distance seem to dim-dumb-dim your memory?
Does the distance seem to fell the hunger?

So, you're left with your thoughts and where do you go
Out the window or an open door
And once you believed they could keep you awake
It's so deceiving

So, you talk to yourself and what do you know
You answer back with a, "Don't say so"
And once you believed you had something to say
It's so deceiving

So, you never learned the way to hold a crowd
And it turns out now that you were dying to be everything
To everyone and for all time
Ah, the golden boy did you stop trying?

So you're left with your thoughts and where do you go
Out the window or an open door
And once you believed they could keep you awake
It's so deceiving

So you talk to yourself and what do you know
You answer back with a, "Don't say so"
And once you believed you had something to say
It's so deceiving
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Lived in NC during the 80's and early 90's, UNC grad.  I moved to Indiana in '92 and was shocked when, at a local music venue, spied a Connells hat.  I wasn't aware that the "southern music trail" (tobacco road through Atlanta) also had an arm that reached up to Bloomington, IN.  Love the early stuff, they petered out around "Ring". 

The Connells ... Raleigh represent !!!!

{#Bananajam} 

There was a time ... The Connells, Arrogance, The Fabulous Knobs, The Snap, X-Teens, PKM, Corrosion Of Conformity ...

Spreading a little further out; Treva Spontaine (Greensboro, NC), Let's Active (Winston Salem, NC), REM, Guadalcanal Diary, The Swimming Pool Q's (Athens, Atlanta, GA). GA included because these bands had noteworthy albums produced by Don Dixon (Arrogance) and Mitch Easter (Let's Active) and played here quite a lot back in the day.

From around 1978 until around 1986 was a musical Golden Age in North Carolina.

 


"Slack Jawed" that you would play the Connells--well played sir!
"Up All Night"
Anything by the Connells is a 10 in my book.  Wow--pretty obscure!  Thanks!
 
Just caught part of this, but I liked it!
 Cynaera wrote:
Wow, I really LOVE this song - had never heard it before! (Well, in 1989 I was working full-time so didn't listen to music much.)  I definitely need to put this CD on my list of music to buy when next I have disposable income.   {#Mrgreen}

 
it is a neat tune
Cool...Never heard these guys when this came out, I guess, or never knew it if I did...just now, it made me wanna hear The Spin Doctors!
This is so much a better version of all the crap I heard in the 80"s,like it but I do hope if I had a girlfriend she was only wearing one pair of socks?
This sounds much like the Shoes from the early 80's.
 musikalia wrote:
This sounds so generic and boring.
A good solid 3.
 
Hackneyed, banal and trite commentary. A solid 1.
 bachbeet wrote:
Dug this group then and still do.
 
Agree. 1993's Ring is terrific.
Dug this group then and still do.
More please?
ah, fun and games...
A hometown favorite here in Raleigh. Been listening to them since the late 80's, and they are STILL kicking around - just saw them downtown not long ago. A great band that should have made it even bigger in the US. Bill, more Connells!{#Kiss}
Here's a blast from the past!
Wow, I really LOVE this song - had never heard it before! (Well, in 1989 I was working full-time so didn't listen to music much.)  I definitely need to put this CD on my list of music to buy when next I have disposable income.   {#Mrgreen}
I haven't heard The Connells in a long time...used to listen in the summer while in college...Nice!  
 TotalHip wrote:
... and nothing from Boylan Heights. Shameful, in my book.

 
ace_of_aces wrote:
I can't believe there are only 3 Connells songs ever played on RP...

What about "Get a Gun", "Stone Cold Yesterday", and "Fun and Games"? (just a few that I can think of off the top of my head)

Good to hear them again... I should get my old cassettes out of storage.
 
 
Me agree.

Love it!
Damn. I'd forgotten about these guys. Used to see them a bunch back in the 80s around the Charlotte, NC clubs. Quite the flashback.
Love these guys! Thanks for the flashback. Ah, college life.....
Whoa. Time warp.  Haven't heard these guys in a while!  Thanks Bill!
... and nothing from Boylan Heights. Shameful, in my book.

 
ace_of_aces wrote:
I can't believe there are only 3 Connells songs ever played on RP...

What about "Get a Gun", "Stone Cold Yesterday", and "Fun and Games"? (just a few that I can think of off the top of my head)

Good to hear them again... I should get my old cassettes out of storage.
 


Wow. Brings back memories. Great song, great album. 
Superb song from a great CD.  Sat Nite USA rocks.

Raleigh's own Connells.  w00t !!!!+1!!!


Where was I when this came out??? Happy to read they were regionally successful - that must explain it.  This is great! {#Music}
...shades of big country...
 ace_of_aces wrote:
I can't believe there are only 3 Connells songs ever played on RP...

What about "Get a Gun", "Stone Cold Yesterday", and "Fun and Games"? (just a few that I can think of off the top of my head)

Good to hear them again... I should get my old cassettes out of storage.
 
It's a shame.
For sure.

Not for lack of trying on my part.


My gods, these guys sound so much like Blue Peter, another "regional" band who were big in Toronto during the 80's.
I can't believe there are only 3 Connells songs ever played on RP...

What about "Get a Gun", "Stone Cold Yesterday", and "Fun and Games"? (just a few that I can think of off the top of my head)

Good to hear them again... I should get my old cassettes out of storage.
 lophrequa wrote:
thought they were regional too and just another example of RP's musical omniscience (i really hope i spelled that correctly)
 

Excellent band back in the day. "Fun and Games" off of this CD is marvellous.

 Danimal174 wrote:
Ahh, the Connells. I love their early stuff. As a matter of fact, I tried to upload a song or two of theirs on the LRC a few months back, but got shot down.

I never knew that they were as popular as they were. Since they're from NC, and I'm in SC, I thought they were just a regional band (like Jump Little Children, Cravin Melon, or Drivin N Cryin). I never knew they had much of a following outside of the Carolinas.
  thought they were regional too and just another example of RP's musical omniscience (i really hope i spelled that correctly)


 revsully wrote:
My coworker just came over and yelled "who's playing the Connells?" She was ever so excited and said that it was a very important album at a particular time in her life. She was amazed that it was being played. Right on, Radio Paradise!
 
It's amazing how many people are delighted to find the Connells in my CD rack. Another fan!

(Not Connells CDs. Actual Connells. Tight squeeze.)
 
Ahh, the Connells. I love their early stuff. As a matter of fact, I tried to upload a song or two of theirs on the LRC a few months back, but got shot down.

I never knew that they were as popular as they were. Since they're from NC, and I'm in SC, I thought they were just a regional band (like Jump Little Children, Cravin Melon, or Drivin N Cryin). I never knew they had much of a following outside of the Carolinas.


Ah, the memories...Thanks, Bill.
OK, here's my "me too" post... College! Yay! Now I have to go dig out my Connells albums... er, tapes... from the basement... somewhere...
This sounds so generic and boring. A good solid 3.
My coworker just came over and yelled "who's playing the Connells?" She was ever so excited and said that it was a very important album at a particular time in her life. She was amazed that it was being played. Right on, Radio Paradise!
jah_blessed wrote:
The singer sounds somewhat like the guy from Erasure.
This guy doesn't wear a pink jumpsuit.
wpmccray wrote:
Loved this song years ago...thanks for playing it! Play some more Connells!
Yes! Please!
And here it is again!! :bananajam: :bananapiano:
the college years
Loved this song years ago...thanks for playing it! Play some more Connells!
There\'s really nothing compelling about this tune at all. It\'s not that it\'s bad, per say, it\'s just not particularly good either.
Ahh, college days! Great song from a great album by a great band. All in all, pretty great.
Oh, man, if I wasn't at the office right now, I'd be singing along at the top of my lungs to this still-very-likable song from my college years. Thanks for playing this.
Always liked this song.
Hmmm...just not diggin it. 5 of 10
Can't say I'm getting much from this. Sounds like a college band, with low production quality.
andesitic wrote:
Kinda like white bread, but with less flavor.
:lol:
11! More Connells!!!
The singer sounds somewhat like the guy from Erasure.
It does help when you turn it up! Initially didn't care for it but decided to give it a screamin chance. A 7.
I think I know now. His voice has actual hope. The tone, how he holds a note, all of it. 9. Must have something to say...
Wow, talk about a blast from the past. Wow. :D
More Connells! Please.
I like the Connells plenty, I can't even say why, such a pure sound.
God I used to love this song and CD. The Connells rocked. A great band to love while in college. More Connells please - Fifth Fret is awesome.
Darlington wrote:
Ah, those college days. Would be very nice to hear the title track of this album/cd. One of my favorites from back in the day.
mine too! i uploaded it, then it got ...THE BOOT.
Ah, those college days. Would be very nice to hear the title track of this album/cd. One of my favorites from back in the day.
YAY!!! More Connells please!
..............iliketheconnellsplentyicantevensaywhysuchapuresound.....................
Great to see this band show up on RP! They were such an underrated alt-rock band on indie radio! Love it!
Kinda like white bread, but with less flavor.
my favorite connells songs.... well one of them.... well one of the 10 of them anyway. well... one of the 12.