Boylan Heights Digest

The Connells – Boylan Heights Digest

——————————————————————————–
Boylan Heights is a digest that Art Jipson has been putting out for a
while now. There have been 11 issues of the digest that have been
archived.

Boylan Heights Issue #1
Boylan Heights Issue #2
Boylan Heights Issue #3
Boylan Heights Issue #4
Boylan Heights Issue #5
Boylan Heights Issue #6
Boylan Heights Issue #7
Boylan Heights Issue #8
Boylan Heights Issue #9
Boylan Heights Issue #10
Boylan Heights Issue #11

——————————————————————————–

Boylan Heights Issue #1

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==

// Boylan Heights \\

The Connells Electronic Digest

(c) 1993 Fun and Games Productions

Volume One, Issue One

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==

** Subscriptions, comments, contributions: **

–] jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu [–

** Manager: **

jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
The manager of this list, Art Jipson, and the school’s facilities that this
list is produced from, Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, are not
responsible for the contents of the following mailing except for that
which they themselves have originally contributed.
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
Remeber: Send everything to one address. Your contributions.
Personal letters to me. Subscription/removal requests. Everything is
one address: jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu We’re waiting to hear
from you!
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
The “I Suppose” Page
Hey folks! At this point we have over thirty members on the list.
Thanks to Matt Tomech who assisted in the birth of “Boylan Heights.”
Kudos should also go to Ann Shea for her e-mail expertise. Thanks
also go to all of you! Thanks for making what seemed like the craze of
a fucking fanatic seem less insane. I guess I should say a few things,
so: editorially speaking–I’m not going to doctor what people write.
You write what you want to and I’ll put it in. Unless the submission is
subhuman, an example will demonstrate–“I…er rel lik th cunnols.”
Don’t worry about spelling or margins. I will simply take your message
and paste it in this is not some stuffy academic journal (YIKES!).

Another thing –I am dying for–Boots! Does anyone have any bootlegs
to sell or trade. I have searched six different cities (Cincinnati,
Minneapolis, Chicago, Madison, Cleveland, and Ann Arbor) to no avail.
I think the Connells have yet to record a record that does justice to
their live sound. There must be boots out there somewhere. Even
posting info. and such on existing boots would be nirvana (oops, I
don’t think that phrase is hip anymore).

Once again, let me put in a plug for submitting things. We have a lot of
subscriber and we can do a lot with this digest–so send the stuff in.

Hey People, do me a favor? When people go to see the Connells, and
if you get a chance to talk to mike, tell him “Hi!” from Art. I told him
some of us were going to start this list and he seemed kind of
surprised. I asked him what we should call it and he wasn’t sure what
was a good name….

Take Care and as the Great American philosopher Pee Wee Herman
has said: “Shalam!”

“Be my Burden….”
-M. Connell

Art
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
Well, I have heard from many of you. And I am happy to see people are
out there who love the Connells as much as I do. I have a lot of
interview to transcribe but here is the first segment:

Interview with MIchael Connell on the Afternoon of 10-13-93.
Full Transcription–Part One
by Art Jipson

I drove up to Cincinnati the Afternoon before the band was to play at
Bogarts near the University of Cincinnati campus. I was unsure what
to expect. I have to admit that I was scared. I have only interviewed a
few musicans and because I am a huge fan, I was really nervous.
However, there was no reason for me to be nervous. Mike answered
the door to the hotel room that he and David shared with a smile.
Throughout the interview he was kind, patient, and funny. I spent an
hour and a half talking to Mike while David worked on a painting in the
corner.

1. How does Ring Compare to other records that you have worked on
(Word, Fun and Games, Boylan Heights) how would you compare
them?

Michael Connell (MC): I think that this comes a little closer to what
we’ve been trying to accomplish for the last few years since Boylan
Heights which was the second record. Maybe in some ways we’ve
refined what we’ve done with the last two records and I just like this
group of songs better. It might be nothing more than that–liking this
particular assortment of songs. But I think that the feel of the record is
a little more relaxed. That might have more to do with production
alone and to some extent the performances in the studio. But because
the feel of the record is more relaxed, I’ve had an easier time listening
to this one, I’ve had some problems with Fun and Games and One
Simple Word. I think that there is a certain frantic quality at times to
Fun and Games. I think that if we could rerecord some of those songs
we could do a much better job with them. Tempos might be too
fast…that sort of thing. With One Simple Word, the record to me
doesn’t have much to do with what we sound like live. That was one
of my problems with that record.

I think I like the lyrics better for this record. We’re getting more to the
face of things. I think that things seem a little more focused, the lyrics
are a little more self-evident. They’re Still pretty vague and ambiguous
but not as much so its a little clearer what’s going on within the songs.
They’re a little more coherent or hang together a little better than the
last couple of records.

2. How would you characterize the songs? Relationship songs?

MC: Yeah, on the whole I would say personal experience songs.
Hopefully, a couple of universal themes work there way in but we’ve
never been much of a band for tackling political or social issues. I
think that it’s because that for me, personally, I feel uncomfortable
trying to soapbox trying to address things that I am not well equiped
to address.

3. You mentioned that you thought the new record is more refined.
How would you say that the record is more refined?

MC: I think that what I meant by that was that the arrangements were a
little tighter. We have a clearer sense of what we want to do with a 3
and a ahlf minute or 4 minute song. More than anything, the
arrangements are tighter and the parts are tighter. We’re learning to
lay off where in the past we’ve tried to fill gaps. A group of guys
figuring out what works best for them.

4. It seems that there are some changes in the band. Your singing
more and some shifting on the songwriting chores. How would you
characterize changes in the band?

MC: Well, I think that the way the songs breakdown is nothing more
than a function of…we throw all the songs on the table and the band,
the producer, and our manager Ed, we all decide which songs work
best together. Even though George has just one song on the record
there were still more of my songs that were recorded than rejected.
There is nothing political going on, its more just trying to figure out
which group of songs make the most sense together.

5. This record also has the addition of Steve Potak on Keyboards. Is
he a Connell?

MC: He’s not part of the incorporated. Which means he’s free to go on
and pursue other things without having TVT reign him in. A couple of
years ago he started playing out live with us. I guess he is a defacto
member of the band.

6. Where did you meet Steve?

MC: He knew George in High School. He’s a native of Raleigh. More
lately he was good friends with the brother of the woman David
married.

MC: David is that the way it worked?

David Connell (DC): Well, actually, he was working at the music store
where I bought my equipment and was the one that suggested,
because we were looking for a keyboard player, that we try him out
since he was eager to do it for some reason.

MC: And he looks perfectly normal, nothing threatening about Steve.

7. Tell me about working with Lou Giordano. He worked with Zuzu’s
Petals, Sugar…Why Lou Giordano?

MC: The band was taken with that last Sugar record that he produced
with Bob Mould?

AJ: The Beaster record or Copper Blue?

MC: Copper Blue. We met Lou when we were making Fun and Games.
He had things going on at Fort Apache where Gary Smith was
producing our record. That connection had something to do with it.
Talking to him and talking to people that he worked with before. It
became evident that he was an easy going guy. In a lot of cases that in
the end is the most important criteria. Someone that, espcially Doug,
can feel comfortable around. I don’t think that Doug was especially
comfortable while we were making One Simple Word. This time we
were going to find someone who would let Doug take a more relaxed
approach to singing the songs. With One Simple Word I think that
Hugh Jones expected a real performance on every song. And Doug
has a tendency at least on parts of songs to want to “half-ass” on
songs. And we thought that Lou would be more amenable to that
approach.

AJ: More open?

MC: Doug would be doing a take on a song and hugh would be “no,
no, you’ve got to emote!” In some instances, the vocals, the deliveries
are more forced than any of us would have liked. When we’re working
up a song, I might tell Doug “that you might consider going falsetto
here instead of going full voice.” That sort of thing. Try this falsetto.
And we have parts of songs where Doug would hit a falsetto but Hugh
does not like falsetto, so that wont do. “No, no falsetto you’ve got to
sing it full voice.” As a consequence I think that some of the vocals
[on Word] sound a little strained or forced.

AJ: Yeah, I can see that. On a couple of songs on Word its almost like
all of a sudden there’s gravel in Doug’s voice. It’s like Umphf. I’m
pulling from the diagphram now.

MC: Exactly, exactly.

8. You’ve guys have worked with a number of producers. You worked
with Mitch Easter. What was that Like?

MC: It was great. Our first experience with recording hadn’t gone
necessarilly so well. We had only been together a few months when
we went in to make Darker Days. Don Dixon was realizing that we had
serious time constraints because of the amount of money that we
had–we were financing the thing ourselves, so we had a weekend
here and a weekend there. He knew he had to take the bull by the
horns and lead us through the thing. So, he didn’t field a whole lot of
suggestions with the band. But with Mitch it was everything we could
do to get him to make suggestions. “You guys just do the things that
you feel comfortable doing and that is more or less the way things
sort themselves out. ” We went in and started playing and only if he
thought that we were really getting off track with something would he
speak up or if we asked him “What do you think about this?” would
he have some suggestions. His appraoch was to let us do what we felt
comfortable with and he would capture it and try to make sense of it
after everything is on tape. So, the atmosphere was really good for
Boylan Heights. The record sounded far better than it ended
up–something happened in the mastering process. I still don’t know
what TVT did when they got hold of the tapes from Mitch. But to this
day Mitch will say that that was a much better sounding record until it
was out of his possession. Something happened in mastering that
was…I don’t know enough about what goes on in mastering to be able
to say what exactly happened.

AJ: Some kind of engineering problem?

MC: I guess, I don’t know TVT wanting a particular sound and maybe
asking the person who was mastering…

AJ: Correct me if I am wrong. Or feel free to just say “I don’t want to
answer that.” But it seems that a number of bands seem to have
problems with TVT. Distribution problems and Organizational
problems. I spoke with some people at Black Park in between the last
two records and it seems that I got a sense of frustration with dealing
with TVT.

End of Part One.

I also called Sharon at Black Park and she gave me the following tour
dates:

Nov.        3         Reno
5        Ventura
7        Phoenix
8        Tucson
9        Santa Fe
11        Dallas
12        Huston
13        Austin
More dates to come.
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
From: Winston
Subject: Connells
To: Connells Mailing Admin

Does anyone on the list have the lyrics for One Simple Word? (the
album, not the song.) I posted a notice on AOL about this list, so
hopefully the list should get a few members from there. It’s great to
finally have a place to discuss one of the greatest and most underated
bands of all time.

First of all, does anyone have any tour dates? I saw them about 10
during the last school year, and they just kept getting better and
better, but I don’t think that they’ve been anywhere nearer than Atlanta
lately. I’m curious, where is everyone from, and how big are the
Connells there? In Alabama, they have a lot of fans. I guess that’s why
I got to see them so many times last year.
———-
“The crows were calling his name, thought caw.”
— Stephen Wright
———-
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>
<< winston h. baccus mac assoc. v.p. e-mail:
wbaccus1@ua1vm.ua.edu >>
<< the university of alabama in tuscaloosa..R O L L T I D E R O L L >>
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
To: Jipson Art
From: Pauline Petersen
Date: Thu, Nov 4, 1993 1:39 PM

Hello! my name is pauline and i have been a connells fan for a long,
long time….i first got into the band when “over there” was a single
because the ultra-cool station by my house used to play it all the time.
i was totally hooked so i bought the album. when “fun..” came out,
“something…” always used to be on the radio (same station of
course), so i bought that too. then, freshman year in college (5 years
ago) i met these guys in the dining hall who were going to see
them-they took me with them, and the rest, as they say, is history. i
really haven’t encountered anything like seeing them in concert. most
bands are totally cut off from their fans, but everytime i go to see them,
they are right there, hanging out at the bar.

i’ve talked to them or said hello a couple of times (it was about as
much as i could get out after grabbing my friends arm and
squeeking-oh my god, thats george and peele!), they’ve always been
really nice and they are so good live. its a great feeling to go see
them-first because if you can talk a friend into going, they get totally
hooked after seeing them and there is one more fan for life, and
second, because everyone is there because they’ve discovered a
really great band. i’m really surprised that more people haven’t caught
on-it’s always the same bunch of us that go see them. (at least we
don’t have to fight for tickets…). i couldn’t tell you my favorite album-it
depends on what mood i’m in. my favorite songs are “another
souvenir”, “home today”, “over there”, “inside my head” and
“uninspired”. actually, it’s safe to say i like them all. i’m really glad that
this list now exists (thank you art) because it will be great to discuss
them with people who are into them as much as me. as of 11/3, there
are no confirmed dates in n.j.,n.y. or p.a. (i called carolina)-i’ll keep you
posted! later!
===========================================================
=====================
To: Jipson Art
From: Winston

So, I’d like to hear some opinions about Ring. Is there anyone else out
there who doesn’t think that this album is nearly as good as One
Simple Word? I think that the guys did a good job on the album, but
they failed to capture the raw energy that they have live. I do love
“Slackjawed” “Doin’ You” and “Hey You” a lot, but there’s a distince
differece in the way these songs sound live and on the album. My
main gripe is that Doug’s vocals are toned down a little too much. It’s
like he doesn’t want to use his full vocal ability like he does live. Some
of the harmonies were lost in the studio. One of these days, the
Connells will inevitable be a huge band, popularity wise, but this is not
the album that will break then, IMHO.

Does anyone out there have any boots of the Connells? I’d give about
anything for a copy!!!

———-
“Well the steel in his strings, cuts into his fingers, and the
lines that are left, he knows so well.” — The Connells
———-
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>
<< winston h. baccus mac assoc. v.p. e-mail:
wbaccus1@ua1vm.ua.edu >>
<< the university of alabama in tuscaloosa..R O L L T I D E R O L L >>
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>
To: Jipson Art
From: glenn mcdonald
Date: Mon, Nov 8, 1993 10:29 AM

I had just put on _Ring_ and started up NewsWatcher to check
alt.music.alternative when I saw your announcement. Sign me up! The
Connells are amazing, and _Ring_ is wonderful. On an interesting side
note, I was flipping past ESPN 2 over the weekend and they were
doing their strange-sports/music-videos segment, showing
windsurfers to the melodious strains of the Connells! Something from
_Fun and Games_, I forget which song.

glenn
===========================================================
=====================
end.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

// Boylan Heights \\

The Connells Electronic Digest

Volume One, Issue One

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

** Subscriptions, comments, contributions: **

–] jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu [–

** Manager: **

Art Jipson

jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
“There’s a difference between being alone and being lonely.”
– The Buck Pets

“Be my Burden….” -M. Connell
===========================================================
=====================

——————————————————————————–

Boylan Heights Issue #2

// Boylan Heights \\

The Connells Electronic Digest

(c) 1993 Fun and Games Productions

Volume One, Issue Two

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==-==–==–==–==-
-==-
** Subscriptions, comments, contributions: **

–> jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu <–

** Manager: **

jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==-==–==–==-
-==-
The manager of this list, Art Jipson, and the school’s facilities that this
list is produced from, Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, are not
responsible for the contents of the following mailing except for that
which they themselves have originally contributed.
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==-==–==–==-
-==-
Remeber: Send everything to one address. Your contributions.
Personal letters to me. Subscription/removal requests. Everything is
one address: jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu We’re waiting to hear
from you!
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
The “I Suppose” Page

We have some responses to the Boots question! Does anyone have
any bootlegs to sell or trade. I have searched six different cities
(Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Chicago, Madison, Cleveland, and Ann
Arbor) to no avail. I think the Connells have yet to record a record that
does justice to their live sound. There must be boots out there
somewhere. Even posting info. and such on existing boots would be
nirvana (oops, I don’t think that phrase is hip anymore).

My favorites are, in order: 1) Boylan Heights, 2)Fun and Games, 3) One
Simple Word, 4) Ring, 5) Darker Days. My all time fave Connells song
would have to be: “Something to say” followed close behind by “I
Suppose,” “Scotty’s Lament,” “Over there,” and “One Simple Word.”
Do any of you think that there are several bands coming out of the UK
that utilize similar song and harmony structures?

Once again, let me put in a plug for submitting things. We have a lot of
subscriber and we can do a lot with this digest–so send the stuff in.
Especially the guitar and music information!!

My Continuing favor: Hey People, do me a favor? When people go to
see the Connells, and if you get a chance to talk to mike, tell him “Hi!”
from Art. I told him some of us were going to start this list and he
seemed kind of surprised. I asked him what we should call it and he
wasn’t sure what was a good name….

“And there are fairweather friends, And there are fools besides us,
Who relearn every turn and twist somehow” -M. Connell

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==-==–==–==–==-
-==-

Interview with MIchael Connell on the Afternoon of 10-13-93.
Full Transcription–Part Two
by Art Jipson

AJ: Correct me if I am wrong. Or feel free to just say “I don’t want to
answer that.” But it seems that a number of bands seem to have
problems with TVT. Distribution problems and Organizational
problems. I spoke with some people at Black Park in between the last
two records and it seems that I got a sense of frustration with dealing
with TVT.

MC: Yeah its been a lot of frustrating things over the last several
years. Now that things are better, everyone’s making a concerted
effort, I guess I am supposed to be toeing the line. Things are much
better, they really are, TVT gave us artist administered fund. Saying
here is the money you guys do what you want with it. So, we were
able to choose to Lou Giordano and choose the studio. We were able
to do all the art work our selves. And they were good to their word
didn’t involve themselves at any point in the process. Only now in
trying to promote the record. So, Things are definitely better but over
the years things have not necessarily gone so well. The threatened
lawsuit and all that stuff. I guess last December realizing that it was a
matter of patching things up with them or…if we wanted to put out a
record we would have to patch things up. So, since then things have
definitely been better.

AJ: Let me go back to some changes. You are singing two songs,
lead. Waiting my turn was the song on Word?

MC: Right.

AJ: Here you take lead on Burden which is a much different song than
Waiting my turn. Are you feeling more comfortable with lead or do you
want your treatment?

MC: Something like that. Any time someone who writes a song turns it
over to someone else to sing something changes in the translation.
Given my limitaitons as a vocalist, the vast majority of the time, Doug
takes what I hand over to him and makes it his own but with a couple
of songs, especially of a more personal nature…I started thinking that
it might not make…that I would give them to Doug and something was
just missing it seemed to me. Fuck it–despite the fact that I can’t really
sing, I’m going to sing these songs. I can’t say that I’m especially
comfortable singing–cringe when I hear…

AJ: Do you cringe when you hear yourself singing?

MC: Yeah, the vocals are so nasal.

AJ: You seem to have a higher register when you sing. Like a first
tenor or something? Doug’s voice does the same thing. You do seem
to make a higher leap then he does.

MC: Yeah, there’s not a whole lot of…there’s no gravel or anything like
that. I don’t know how to characterize my vocals, I just know that I do
end up singing in a higher register. After Darker Days I think…that part
of my problems with Darker Days is how low Doug sings on that. I
became very conscious of that after that record. Every song that I’ve
written subsequent to those songs–getting it in a key where Doug
would have to sing in a higher register.

AJ: I would comment that on ’74-’75 he pulls down a bit. Especially
when he uses his vibrato.

MC: Yeah! Songs like Holding Pattern!

AJ: Wouldn’t part of the low singing be a result of a learning process?

MC: Yeah, he didn’t know what he wanted to sound like at that point.
He really didn’t know what his own voice was at that point. I think
that’s what happened between Darker Days and Boylan Heights was
that he finally realized that he had his own voice and he didn’t
necessarily have to sound like…not that he was trying to sound like
anyone person on Darker Days maybe a composite of some people.
He found his voice more on Boylan Heights and each record he
makes some strides. I am a lot less critical of Doug’s studio
performamces after trying to sing in the studio, it was alot harder than
I imagined.

AJ: How do you guys record in the studio?

MC: We’re definitely not a one take studio band. There’s a good bit of
patching up.

End of Part Two. In case you are wondering this will be a multi-part
transcription of the interview.–Art

===========================================================
=====================

TO: Boylan Heights
From: Brent Daniel
Date: Mon, Nov 8, 1993 2:51 PM
Subject: Connells regions of interest…

Someone asked about where everyone is from, and how popular the
Connells are there.. I’m from NC, so obviously there are a few more
fans here than in other areas.

Anyway, I was reading CMJ the other day, which has a breakdown of
the most played albums in the south (basically the southeast and
texas), east (northeastern states), west, and north. THe Connells fared
about the same in the south, east, and north, but failed to show up in
the west.

As far as Connells bootlegs, there is at least one in existance
somewhere, I think. A couple of years ago, someone I met over the net
was going to send me a copy of one, but for some reason I never got
around to sending for it (ack).. I think it was just an audience recording
someone did rather than an official boot, though..

Brent
===========================================================
=====================

***Hey, does anyone know more about this? I desire access to any
and all Boots! Also has anyone put together a discography or
somethin’–Art

===========================================================
===================== To: Boylan Heights
From: markinla@aol.com
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 93 18:31:46 EST
Subject: Connells Digest

Thanks for the publication…enjoyed receiving the first version.

I’ve just recently discovered the Connells thru Ring. And do I ever like
them.. Strangely, I don’t really care for much of their older stuff tho I
know lots of people do. I spoke to Mike Connell in Ventura before their
show and he said he was not surprized that I didn’t like the older stuff.
And that “Ring” is really the kind of warm fuzzy guitar sound they’ve
been searching for.

Anyway, keep me on your list.

===========================================================
=====================

To: Boylan Heights
From: David.S.King@cc.gettysburg.edu
Date: Fri, Nov 12, 1993 1:29 AM
Subject: Connells Fan

my name is dave and I’m currently living in a Connells deprived area
and I need info. I’m orginally from Va, were everyone knows about the
Connells, and I’m at a school in Pennslvanyia where no one has heard
of them since everyone is from way up north. I was wondering if I
could get ANY info on tour dates in the mid atlantic area, like
Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philly, etc… I’ve seen them live many
times and can’t get home for their concert in Norfolk Va. on Nov. 29th.
That sucks!

Please send me anything you can. By the way, I noticed that MTV has
finnaly started to notice real talent. They played the Connells. I was
watching about 12:45 in the morning a couple nights ago when they
played Slackjawed. It’s about time a great band got some notice
outside certain regions.

My adress is s267480@gettysburg.edu

dave king
s267480@gettysburg.edu

===========================================================
=====================
To: Boylan Heights
From: markinla@aol.com
Date: Fri, Nov 12, 1993 10:14 PM
Subject: L.A. Weekly review of Ring

The L.A. Weekly of 11/12 had the following review of “Ring” by
Michael Lipton:

“Why the Connells aren’t big time pop stars is a mystery to me. Either
these North Carolinians are brillant strategists, waiting for precisely
the right moment to stroll into the spotlight, or they are a casualty of a
business that celebrates imitation more often than originality. Either
way, Ring is clearly the release that should send them charging into
the fray.

Through the course of four indie LPs (with increasingly high-profile
producers), the band has been refining a style that combines a fancy
for the melody and harmony of Beatles/XTC-style pop with the
exuberance of jangly American rock & roll. Rarely failing to land a tune
on college charts, the band has added to its following by tirelessly
supporting each release on the road.

Building on a recipe that yielded earlier tunes like “Fun & Games” and
“Stone Cold Yesterday”, “Slackjawed” bolts out of the gate with the
kind of magical uplifting energy that sounds fresh no matter how
many times you cue it up. A guitar filled song as made-for-radio as
Tom Petty’s “American Girl” or Dwight Twilley’s “I’m on Fire” it alone
is worth the price of the CD. Then check out the glorious harmonies
on “Carry my Picture” and the 12-stringed Byrds-influenced
“Burden”. Band namesake and guitarist-vocalist Mike Connell
(brother David plays bass) has always contributed the most
substantial cuts, but this time around he’s tapped a certain magic that
sets his work apart from the good but ordinary tunes penned by his
bandmates. Within the more than 50 minutes of music, the few
non-Connells tunes (lumped together mid-CD) are, for the most part,
little more than filler.

Where earlier discs floundered momentarily between art and pop,
Ring not only rarely digresses, but the more ambitious efforts often
crystallize into pure elegance. With help from producer Lou Giordano
(Sugar, Elevnth Dream Day), the acoustic “Spiral” recalls the delicate
beauty of “Waiting my Turn” (from One Simple Word). With echoes of
Alex Chilton’s Big Star or Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple and their
dBs, the Connells continue to mature without stagnating or growing
complacent. No question about it, this one goes on my top 10 list.

===========================================================
=====================
To: Boylan Heights
From: Todd Harris
Date: Sun, Nov 7, 1993 10:33 AM
Subject: Connells Mailing List

Sign me up!

I’ve been hooked ever since I first heard Scotty’s Lament. Born and
raised in the Connell Country of Raleigh, N.C. I’ve since moved to
Atlanta but continue to be a big fan. So far I’ve seen the group at:

Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill N.C. ’89
Characters, Greenville, S.C. ’91
Lassiter High School Football Field, GA ’91
Lakewood Amphitheatre, Sonic Sunday, Atlanta, GA ’92
Characters, Greenville, S.C. ’92
Masquerade, Atlanta GA ’93

Thanks.

todd harris@AtlantaGA.NCR.COM

===========================================================
=====================
To: Boylan Heights
From: Pauline Petersen
Date: Wed, Nov 10, 1993 1:18 PM
Subject: I got the info.

hello there, art! here are some prime little tidbits that you might want to
pass along…i called black park 11/9 and this is what they had so far…
please excuse spelling and in most cases i only caught the city and
part of the club name (if i wrote them at all!) at least people will have an
idea of the cities-

november
26- norfolk
27- d.c. (wuszt?)
30-allenton, pa (zodiac)
1-philly (chestnut)
2-boston
3-providence (strand)
4-n.y. (irving plaza)
5-new haven (toads place)
8-newark, de (stone balloon)
9-pittsburgh (graffitti)
10-buffalo (icon)
11-cleveland
12-detroit
13-15 working on booking dates’
16-minneapolis

the girl who answered the phone was really cool-she said the mailing
list is going out soon and to keep your eyes open because they’ll be
on the “conan show” (whoever replaced letterman??) on the 26th at
12:30 a.m. EST. they will probably appear around 1 a.m. or so. yahoo!!
hope this helps…. later, pauline

p.s. i’ll be in allentown on 11/30 and philly 12/1 so if you’re traveling to
go, let me know!!

===========================================================
=====================
To: Boylan Heights
From: Jack P Loose
Date: Sun, Nov 14, 1993 7:34 PM
Subject: Connells

Well,
You want to know where I’m from and where I heard of the Connells?
I’m originally from Huntsville, Alabama. Right now I abode at the
loveliest little village on the plains, Auburn. I got into the Connells right
after Fun and Games was released. One of my sisters had mentioned
them as a band I might like (her old boyfriend had met the band and
talked for a time while they were setting up for a show somewhere
around here). On a whim, having never heard the band, I bought the
CD a few weeks later when I saw it in the store. To this day it’s still my
favorite album. I just got Ring and enjoy it alot too. Somehow One
Simple Word didn’t do to much for me though. What’s your favorite
album? My favorites in order: 1)Fun and Games 2)Boylan Heights
3)Ring 4)Word 5)Darker Days.

Later,
Scott Loose

No, I don’t have a .sig, so quit bothering me about it. – me

===========================================================
=====================
To: Boylan Heights
From: dudeboat@aol.com
Date: Sun, Nov 14, 1993 4:14 PM
Subject: Connells

I Would like to get on to the Connells mailing list, which Winston 18 is
advertising on AOL. Particularly interested in NY/Toronto tour dates.
Also, please settle argument: is band name pronounced with accent
on second syllable (as claimed by Mike C’s fiance), or first syllable (as
espoused by Winston18 and Toronto DJs)?

===========================================================
=====================
A really good question! I haven’t given it much thought. I have heard
people pronounce it both ways. I am usually more interested in trying
to get them more radio airplay, pronouncement of the the name is
beside the point–I would rather that people hear the music! Has
anyone out there asked one of the Connells? You know about Mike’s
fiance? We need more details–who is she? What does she do? Etc….
-Art
===========================================================
=====================
Send stuff in–reviews, commentary, pronouncements…anything to do
with the Connells.

Take care and until next time….

end.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

// Boylan Heights \\

The Connells Electronic Digest

Volume One, Issue Two

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
“There’s a difference between being alone and being lonely.”
– The Buck Pets
“Be my Burden….”
-M. Connell
===========================================================
=====================

——————————————————————————–

Boylan Heights Issue #3

// Boylan Heights \\

The Connells Electronic Digest

(c) 1993 Fun and Games Productions

Volume One, Issue Three

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==-==–==–==–==-
-==-
** Subscriptions, comments, contributions: **

–> jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu <–

** Manager: **

jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==-==–==–==-
-==-
The manager of this list, Art Jipson, and the school’s facilities that this
list is produced from, Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, are not
responsible for the contents of the following mailing except for that
which they themselves have originally contributed.
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==-==–==–==-
-==-
Remeber: Send everything to one address. Your contributions.
Personal letters to me. Subscription/removal requests. Everything is
one address: jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu We’re waiting to hear
from you!
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
The “I Suppose” Page

Sorry for the tardiness but school has hit me hard. I have tons of stuff
to grade and finals to make…blah…blah…blah. Thanks to the people
who have sent stuff in. The digest is only as good as you make it. And,
hey sooner or later I am bound to run out of interview, then what do
we do? So, this is my pitch for sending those ideas, questions, and
thangs in. By the way, we still have not resolved the dilemma about
pronunciation. Should we call Black Park or somethin’?

Wellllll, by now everyone has seen or heard about the performace on
Conan O’Brien’s version of the late night program on NBC. I have to
say that I liked the performance. Yes, the band was nervous. Yes,
everytime Doug looked at the camera he freaked. But the band was
tight and I think that they “hit it hard!” I have the performance on audio
tape and video if people are interested in trades or somethin’.

Remaining Tour dates:
today the 8th Newark, DE Stone Balloon
9 Pittsburgh, PA Graffiti Showcase
10 Buffalo, NY The Icon
11 Cleveland, OH Draft House
12 Detroit,MI St. Andrews Hall
15 Milwaukee, WI Shank Hall
16 MInneapolis, MN First Avenue

That’s all the tour dates that I have. My guess would be that they are
breaking for the holidays after that. Has anybody gotten some info?

In this issue:
1. The continuing interview with Mike…HA! It’s never going to end!
2. Darker Days bottom…why?
3. Josh, Doin’ You, and Fun and Games
4. On Conan with Winston
5. On Conan with Dean
6. Review of the boys with Bryan

“And there are fairweather friends,
And there are fools besides us,
Who relearn every turn and twist somehow”
-M. Connell

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

Interview with Michael Connell on the Afternoon of 10-13-93.
Full Transcription–Part Three
by Art Jipson
AJ: How do you guys record in the studio?

MC: We’re definitely not a one take studio band. There’s a good bit of
patching up that has to be done, some operation. Lou’s approach was
to have Doug sing a song four or five times and then make a
composite of that. Most of the rhythm tracks Peele and Dave get in
one take, David sometimes has to go back in and punch in some bass
lines or some parts of bass lines. Some of my rough tracks for rhythm
guitar were kept. But it is more of the layered approach. Starting with
bass and drums and then building on top of that. And I’m pretty
certain that over the years with Doug its been a matter of piecing
together the parts from various takes.

AJ: Do you like it on the road?

MC: Yeah! Its sort of a day to day proposition. Some days, some
nights shows go really well and you remember why you started doing
this in the first place.

AJ: Let me ask–why did you start doing this in the first place?

MC: Well, initially it was something to do that was a distraction from
school. It was something that I always wanted to do and found that
during my second year of law school that I suddenly had a lot more
time than I had the year before. I started writing songs and I though
that a band would be a nice outlet for some of these songs that I’d
been writing and why not give it a whirl. I was thinking that maybe in
the third year of law school that we could be playing at parties or bars
in the area. So, I spent about a year getting the band into place and
then in the Fall of ’84 we started playing out soon after Peele joined
the band. With our first drummer things just never really coalesced.
We needed to be playing out.

AJ: Who was the first drummer?

MC: John Shultz–a guy who introduced Doug to the rest of us. They
had been friends from childhood and he was going to school at
Chappel Hill like David and myself. He’s now at in Los Angeles with a
group of our friends and their all involved in the movie industry to
some extent.

AJ: Well, I’m sorry I interupted you, you were talking about touring.

MC: Tours like this are generally more enjoyable simply because the
new record is out. There’s a certain optimist with each record–that
this one will do better than the one before. It will be radio friendly that
things will improve.

AJ: It seems to me that you are getting quite a bit of radio play off of
slackjawed in Southern Ohio.

MC: It seems to be. We get new numbers Wednesday. It seems to be
improving. The record itself is now in the Gavin chart–the top ten
chart for Rolling Stone.

AJ: The video play on 120 minutes can’t hurt. Don’t they take their top
ten chart from there.

MC: Yeah, last week we found out that we’ve gone charging onto the
Billboard charts at 199.

AJ: You’ve got to start somewhere. Think of Tommy Stinson. Friday
Night is Killing Me didn’t crack the top 200. They toured like crazy…

MC: I look at Westerberg’s record and wonder why it didn’t do better. I
saw that it was 180-170 range on Billboard. But that was a band that I
always thought never really got their due.

AJ: Would you consider yourself a replacements fan?

MC: Absolutely! One of my biggest thrills over the years was a stint
that we got opening for the replacements. That was at the tailend of
their career but still some of those shows were just amazing. I had
seen some of their earlier…I guess the first time I saw those guys was
in ’83/’84 right around the time that Let it Be had come out. That was
an explosive show. I think that Bob Stinson…They just sort of
exploded or imploded. Westerberg just fell flat on his guitar. He broke
the neck that night. He collapsed and they got him back up with
another guitar. It was amazing.

AJ: When you look around, not just in the alternative scene, but what
kind of musical contemporaries do you like…a song or an album?

MC: Over the last year or so I have been listening to Teenage
Fanclub–Bandwagonesque, Matthew Sweet-Girlfriend, the last
replacements record, the Westerberg record. Soul Asylum, but I don’t
listen to them as much because I can hear them everywhere. I saw Bill
Sullivan, their tour manager, in Ralleigh after they played the white
house and right before we left [for this tour] in this coffee house in
Ralleigh and Sullivan’s brother started the thing. So, he spends some
time down there. His brother said, “Bill’s in the next room, you should
go talk to him.” And Bill was like, “Yeah, we just got done playing the
White house and we are going to Europe in a few weeks.”

AJ: Let me ask the inverse, although you don’t have to respond, is
there some stuff that you just can’t stand musically?

MC: Long Pause. I couldn’t say that I was a big ugly kid Joe fan. All
these bands are going to occur to me after you leave. David, can you
think of anyone.

DC: I don’t…

AJ: I was reading an old article in alternative press and there was a
quote there about “New Stream” music. [MC starts to laugh] What the
hell is “New Stream” music?

MC: Laughs. That is Doug being asked a question that he has no
patient with. Someone asked him to characterize our music by what
genre we fit into. He throws out the first thing that comes to mind to
shut them up.

AJ: It almost sounds like a fishing allegory to me.

MC: He loves fishing. Doug has no patience for questions like that. It
starts showing up in reviews and stuff. There’s no new stream. Doug
is a much better interview than I am.

AJ: No, this is fine.

MC: That’s just Doug.

AJ: You tend to have the majority of songs on the record. And you
describe how songs are picked–a democratic process. How do you
approach writing a song. Do you write the music first?

MC: Typically, I just sit and work with an acoustic guitar and start
streaming chords together. A melody occurs to me to make sense of
random chords thrown together. Its rare that I will have all of the parts
of a song figured out in one sitting. I might have a chorus, or
something that seems to me might be a chorus for a song and I’ll have
it on tape somewhere. And then three or four months later I will come
up with a part of a song in a different key and think “this sounds to me
like a verse.” And then I will go back and listen to all the tapes and
now if I were to alter the pacing a little bit of this part and put them in
the same key–would these parts fit together. And that’s the way it
works which is probably not the best way to go about writing songs. I
think it is best if you can come sit down and come up with bridge,
verse, and chorus all in one sitting and it happens that way every now
and again. But more often than not I have all these parts of
songs…tons of parts of songs. And at some point starting to bring it
together and trying to make sense of these different parts. The vocal
melody and the chord progression which come together first and then
the lyrics come at the tailend of everything.

AJ: I’ve read that you don’t write on the road, that you don’t compose
on the road…is that true?

MC: Yeah, for some reason…I’ve never had any luck with that. In some
ways that’s unfortunate because that’s a lot of time that goes by
without trying to come up with new material. I am sure that if I applied
myself I could come up with something but I let myself off.

AJ: Down Time! You need down time! You can’t be constantly working.

MC: Laughs.

AJ: I would think that going from city to city would be kind of
disconcerting.

MC: Yeah, its kind of disruptive. Now, with more and more of us
settling down. Three of the guys in the band are married and I’m
engaged.

AJ: Congratulations!

MC: Thanks. So, we are a bunch of homebodies, so getting out is a
little…there’s a certain sense of dislocation. Tours like this one
because it makes more sense to be out on the road, it’s a little easier
to swallow having to be out for six or seven weeks. It’s so essential,
we’re not the sort of band that can go into a studio and hope that
records sell themselves. We have no choice but to get out and
promote the things.

AJ: Do you have a favorite song on the record?

MC: Yeah, ’74/’75 might be my favorite song. But I do like Doug’s song
Any Day Now quite a bit. And David’s song I like.

DC: Oh, yeah…

ALL LAUGH

AJ: Tactfully done, diplomatic. I remember that You guys were in
Downtown Toledo a few years ago. I believe that the song was at that
time called “Dave.”

DC: It didn’t have a name, it didn’t have lyrics.

MC: That’s right. Doug, and Dave and I were demo-ing that song in
Winston, Salem with Scott Tim Harper whose our soundman. And he
had a lot to do with the way our songs came together. But Doug, and
Dave and I, Doug knew he was going to have to sing that song that
night so the three of us just sat down and one of us would throw out
one line…so if the song makes any sense at all…

AJ: That’s interesting because I think that its a very cohesive song
when I listen to it.

DC: You do?

MC: I think that at some point we were all keyed into where we were
headed with the song.

End of Part Three. In case you are wondering this will be a multi-part
transcription of the interview.–Art

===========================================================
=====================
To: Boylan Heights
From: Brent Daniel
Date: Tue, Nov 16, 1993 5:48 PM
Subject: Darker Days

Hmm.. It seems that Darker Days occupies the bottom of most
people’s favorites list. Is this mainly a function of the vocals?

I think Darker Days has the best instrumental work of any of their
albums, really. If they were to go back and re-record this album with
better vocals, it would be -incredible- (not that their other albums
aren’t).

Anyway, I guess my list would go: 1) Fun & Games 2) One simple
word 3) Darker Days, Boylan Heights (tie..heh). I can’t put Ring on
there yet.. I’ve listened to the others so many times that they’ve had a
chance to really grow on me.. It would probably be at 2 or 3, though.

Hmm.. Have the connells ever released any singles? I’ve never seen
one in any store, and havn’t seen any promo singles at a couple of
different radio stations..

Ack.. I have yet to see the video for Slackjawed.. I guess I have to
watch more MTV (as scary as that is..) The video for Stone Cold
Yesterday got decent airplay when it came out.. Get a Gun was
virtually ignored (rightfully so, I guess..)

Anyway, does anyone know of any other videos? I remember seeing
short clips of different videos back when mtv interviewed Doug, but
have never seen them played.. (oh, and I still have the interview with
doug on tape, if anyone wants a transcription – it’s definitely not
enlightening or anything. Doug spends most of the interview
mumbling to himself..)

Brent

===========================================================
=====================
So, has anybody seen any singles? I can’t even track down a single
for slackjawed. I am waiting to see if my semi-cool record store can
get it. But I don’t even know if it really exists for sure. Yes send the
interview…mumbling or not let’s put it on the list. Damn I don’t need to
have the only interview on this thing. Hey, why do you think get a gun
was RIGHTFULLY IGNORED? I like that song…. Art
===========================================================
=====================
To: Boylan Heights
From: Josh Gulley
Date: Thu, Nov 18, 1993 1:21 PM
Subject: Connells list

Art-
Glad to see someone has taken the initiative to start up a Connells list
on the Internet!! I just saw them last week in Santa Fe, NM and they
were quite good. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much of a crowd at the
show. (In fact, I got in for $3.50) Probably had to do with the fact that
Pearl Jam was playing a sold out show in Albuquerque the same
night. I heard Peele was saying that they have inadvertently been
following Pearl Jam around for the last few weeks and attendence at
their shows has been kinda low. They have been receiving pretty
good airplay around here so it was a shame to not see more people
there. They played a killer acoustic version of DOIN’ YOU on a local
radio station a few hours before the show and I was lucky enough to
tape it!

Some quick background on me….I am originally from Peoria, IL and I
went school at the U of Iowa in Iowa City. This is where I first got into
the Connells, seeing them live at an outdoor festival during FUN &
GAMES tour. I came to New Mexico for further schooling and was
disappointed to find a lack of following for the band. I’ve been doing
my best to promote them and I think I’ve got a few converts! I think
RING is quite good, but admit I had to listen several times before I fell
in love with it.

Well, I’ve taken up enough space for now. If people are interested, I
can say a little something about the Santa Fe show. I could probably
remember what songs they played (by looking at my CDs), but not the
correct order.

Until next time…..
josh gulley
jmg1@hydra.unm.edu
===========================================================
=====================
Don’t fear about taking up too much space…babble all you want. I do.
Tape, did soemone say tape…how about trade s and stuff, eh? Art
===========================================================
=====================
To: Boylan Heights
From: Winston
Date: Wed, Dec 1, 1993 4:02 PM
Subject: Conan

Did anyone happen to see the gang on Conan? I told my mom to
record it, but she set the VCR for the wrong date. What did they play?

Oh yeah, this morning on CNN, they did a segment on music video
directors, and Bill Tush or whatever his name is must be a fan of the
Connells. He said something like…”So, whether it’s the Connells or
U2…” I thought that was cool.

Does anyone know how well “Ring” is selling, and how much airplay
the singles are getting? How many copies have been sold? Any tour
date info?

———-
“Remember, every Communist government in Eastern Europe fell in
100 days. Now it’s our turn here in the United States of America!” — Al
Gore
———-
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>
<< winston h. baccus mac assoc. v.p. e-mail:
wbaccus1@ua1vm.ua.edu >>
<< the university of alabama in tuscaloosa..R O L L T I D E R O L L >>
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>
===========================================================
=====================
I haven’t seen any sales figures. Has anyone else seen any sales
info.? This sounds like another call to Black Park. I’ve got a copy if
you want to work something out. They played slackjawed including
steve on keys. For the most part, I thought they looked and played like
themselves. Any disagreements? Art
===========================================================
=====================
To: Jipson Art
From: Dean R Money
Date: Mon, Nov 29, 1993 11:24 AM
Subject: Performance on Conan O-Brien

Just curious how many others thought the Connells performance on
Late Night was… well, they looked/sounded rather nervous, especially
the singer.

Dean.
===========================================================
=====================
Man, we are harsh fans. I think that it was their first tv performance.
Hey folks look for the group to be on 120 minutes this Sunday. They
will probably talk to that awful host…. Art
===========================================================
=====================
To: Boylan Heights
From: Norfolk Academy
Date: Sat, Nov 27, 1993 5:59 PM
Subject: RE: Boylan Heights

This Bryan and I am writing a review of the concert.
11/26/93
Boathouse
by Bryan

This show was definately the best I have ever seen. It was pure
awesome. Queen Sarah Saturday led off this concert and were
suprisingly good. From this point the crowd became pumped and
chaotic because of the heavy sound of the lead band. The Connells
came out to 1000 fans pushing towards the stage including myself
who was being thrown around. They led off with Motel which was
absolutely terrific and set the tone for the rest of the show. The show
was highlighted by unreal renditions of Fun & Games, Hey You,
Slackjawed, 74-75, Get a Gun, and Sal. The Connells played a
tremendous set for almost 2 hours until they left the stage. The
Connells returned and left three times due to the crowds persuasion
before playing Stone Cold Yesterday as their final encore which sent
the crowd bizerk. This show was not only fun but the music was
great. The Connells are going to play Washington tonight and then
will move on to Allentown and Philadelphia, PA. If you are near any of
these cities catch the Connells live. They put on a great show.
Bryan
===========================================================
=====================
That’s it for now. Take care, go out and support the band and watch
them on 120 this sunday.

end.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

// Boylan Heights \\

The Connells Electronic Digest

Volume One, Issue Three

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
“There’s a difference between being alone and being lonely.”
– The Buck Pets
“Be my Burden….”
-M. Connell
===========================================================
=====================

Boylan Heights Issue #4

// Boylan Heights \\

The Connells Electronic Digest

(c) 1993 Fun and Games Productions

Volume One, Issue Four

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==-==–==–==–==-
-==-
** Subscriptions, comments, contributions: **

–> jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu <–

** Manager: **

jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==-==–==–==-
-==-
The manager of this list, Art Jipson, and the school’s facilities that this
list is produced from, Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, are not
responsible for the contents of the following mailing except for that
which they themselves have originally contributed.
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==-==–==–==-
-==-
Remeber: Send everything to one address. Your contributions.
Personal letters to me. Subscription/removal requests. Everything is
one address: jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu We’re waiting to hear
from you!
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
The “I Suppose” Page

Sorry for the tardiness but one, I have been lazy–relaxation will do
that to you, second–the boys have been off for awhile and that leaves
us with less to talk about, and third–it has beeen DAMN cold (actually,
this is not a great reason but everyone else is complaining,so…. As
usual: Thanks to the people who have sent stuff in. The digest is only
as good as you make it. Blah, Blah, Blah!

In case people haven’t seen it, there is a nice one page (full) piece on
the Connells in Cream magazine. It’s not as good as the old Cream but
it will hafta do. The article pushes the “too smart” and “collegiate”
angle but it’s an overwhelmingly positive piece. (Anyone wanna
transcribe it?)

So, how is ’74-’75 doing in others’ neck of the woods. It is on the
“people’s choice” countdown here (Oxford, Ohio near Cincinnati).
And we are hoping for a number one spot for a while. If what I hear
from my friends is true, than it is getting some pretty good airplay out
there.

The results are in. Thanks to Pauline for her darn fine detective work.
Apparently the correct pronunciation is with the stress on the first
syllable as in CON–nells. So, now I have to get used to putting the
stress in a place that a boy from MinnesODA would never put it in. Oh,
well.

We need tour dates!!!!! Folks with info. call ’em in!!!! Some of us have to
make plans to see the guys. Also what do the rest of you think about
the O’Brien perfromance we have only heard from a few of you! Tell us
what you thought!

In this issue:
1. Comments from Pauline
2. Other bands suggestions
3. Radio Airplay
4. Comments+ on Norfolk show
5. More from Pauline
6. Concert reviewed by Brent

“And there are fairweather friends,
And there are fools besides us,
Who relearn every turn and twist somehow”
-M. Connell
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
===========================================================
=====================
To: Boylan Heights
From: Pauline
Subject: Comments

Hello art, i’m back from break! and as luck would have it, the Connells
are coming back soon. i’ll bring the set lists from those three shows
next time i get to the computer lab. when we saw the guys in delaware,
we gave peele a tsc shirt and put the phone number on it for our huge
new years eve bash, in case they had nothing to do. he called a
couple of days after, and my friend mark has been playing telephone
tag with him ever since. if anything interesting comes of it, i’ll let you
know. talk to you soon, bud.
later-pauline
===========================================================
=====================
To: Boylan Heights
From: Winston
Subject: Other Bands Recom

Since the Connells are kinda on break, I thought that I would mention
a band that fans of the Connells would really like, Guadalcanal Diary.
Though they split up a few years ago, they recorded some really good
stuff for Elektra. Their albums are:

Watusi Rodeo EP (Hard to find)
Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man
Jamboree
2 X 4
Flip Flop

All of their albums are really good, though I recommend 2 X 4 for first
time listeners. They have a jangly rock sound, and were Athens, GA
based. Also, the lead singer Murray has a solo album called “In Thrall”
which is really good too. Later…
———-
“And she said “There, look through the trees, sun always shines,
always on time. Dare, rest on your knees, and in prayer, follow me
there.” — The Connells
———-
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>
<< winston h. baccus mac assoc. v.p. e-mail:
wbaccus1@ua1vm.ua.edu >>
<< the university of alabama in tuscaloosa..R O L L T I D E R O L L >>
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>
===========================================================
=====================
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Winston, I love that band! I would add hearty encouragement to
Winston’s suggestion!–Art
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
To: Boylan Heights
From: Brent
Subject: Radio Airplay

Wow.. I found out today that the Connells will be here next Saturday..
very cool. Hopefully I’ll be able to do an interview with them.

As far as the Conan O’Brian performance.. I thought it was really bad.
Doug sounded like he was tone deaf.. Oh well. The performance on
120 minutes was much better, at least. “Slackjawed” still wasn’t very
good, but “’74-75” was great.

Speaking of ’74-75, it’s been getting mega-radio airplay in St.Louis.
They’ve been digging into the older stuff now, too (Stone Cold
Yesterday, Fun & Games, and Something to Say). It’s nice to see them
getting some exposure. They even got on a couple of lists of top 5
concerts of the year, and had a good review of Ring in the paper
(which is a pleasant improvement from all previous reviews of their
concerts and records, which said that the Connells only appeal to
drunken fraternity members).

Brent
===========================================================
=====================
To: Jipson Art
From: Francis J Park
Subject: Additional comments on 26 Nov 93 Norfolk show

Well, I ended up going to Norfolk to go see it – a little different from
what I expected. I didn’t expect Queen Sarah Saturday to be what they
were – a little more hardcore than I thought I’d expect for a warmup for
the Connells.

The thing I did remember best was that the Boathouse was PACKED,
particularly in the pit. I didn’t expect the crowd to be the age it was –
many, many teenage kids from the local high schools and prep
schools (saw a Nansemond-Suffolk lacrosse shirt, I think I saw some
guy wearing a Maury Cross-Country shirt, et cetera).

The crowd was quite a bit different from what I expected, but the last
time I’d seen them was when they played back at my prep school (St
Christopher’s) back in 1988. An outstanding show.

I think if there’d been more room, it might have been a better show. I
really enjoyed the show; very, very good live cuts.

On a more humorous note, the only other guy there with short hair
besides me was this Marine out of Camp Lejeune who thought I was a
Marine. Egad, NO. Funny, being in Tidewater -short hair, everyone
thinks you’re a Marine…
———————
Subject: RE: Additional comments on 26 Nov 93 Norfolk show

Things I remember – here are some of the songs I remember:

Scotty’s Lament Acoustically, pretty well done.
Over There There were a few problems with muffled sound;
Something to Say Doug MacMillan got washed out from time to time
Fun And Games ‘cos the guitars were a little too heavy on the bass;
Upside Down Other than that, not too bad.
Fine Tuning
Uninspired I’ve never been to the Boathouse before, so I
Stone Cold Yesterday didn’t know what to expect.
Take A Bow (I think)
Slackjawed As far as the fans were concerned, I didn’t
Carry My Picture quite expect the entire group to be shoving
’74-’75 around quite as much as I remember; the last
Doin’ You show I went to that fans did that kind of
Hey You mass push and shove was the New Model Army
New Boy show I saw at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC.
Disappointed
Burden All in all, I wasn’t disappointed.
Running Mary (I think)

Regards all, Francis
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Thanks for the great review Francis!–Art
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
===========================================================
=====================
To: Jipson Art
From: Pauline Petersen
Subject: here it is!

Hello there art! i could probably write 6 pages on my experiences
within a two week time frame….i caught the shows at allentown, philly
and the stone balloon in de. good times! after the first show, at which
there were very few people (although we were out in the middle of
nowhere), my friends kept yelling for peele, so he came over to talk to
us. really nice…gave us each a drumstick, which the whole band
autographed, and hung out for awhile. i talked to steve before that
show and asked him to end the debate on the pronunciation…which i
already told you about. i couldn’t believe the events of the night, only
because you have to know my friends mark and ed to truly
understand how hysterically funny the whole thing is.

The next night in philly was really good-people were alot more into it
as a whole, and the show was a little different….third night in de was
great. they did more older stuff plus stuff off of ring which they hadn’t
done the other two nights…doug spoke the most in allentown, he was
funny. some guy andy who had been at the conan show was at the
shows i was at and doug carried on a couple of conversations with
him from the stage. the set lists…well, i took them home, but could
probably list most of it, not in order though….off the new album, new
boy was phenomenal and is prob. my fave on the album, slackjawed,
carry my picture, 74-75, doin’ you, disappointed, running mary (de
only), then something to say, f & g, sal, upside down, motel, inside my
head, ten pins (de only), scottys (philly/de), over there (philly),choose
a side, elegance, home today (de only), hats off (allentown/de only),
burden (all-oops i forgot), take a bow (allen/philly), get a gun
(allen/philly)….lets just say that one simple word was the forgotten
album and my brain is mush so i’m drawing a blank. i’ll bring the lists
back with me after break (i’m unaccessible until 1/17 or so) and i’ll
send them all to you then. after the de show, peele hung out for awhile
and talked music with my friend mark, all sorts of technical shit, then
he asked me what i thought about them studio compared to live and i
said people who didn’t appreciate the studio stuff would like them
better after seeing them live because its just so good (not that the
albums aren’t good too ). he gave mark his #’s and said he is for hire if
mark wants him on the demo he’s doing (which i thought was cool).
he also told me to go upstairs so i could get my picture taken with
george (he sings all my faves, pretty much, which makes him my fave
band member by default), who was also just about as cool as they
come…. they’ll be back at the beginnign of the new year-they’re
playing in washington dc on new years eve and i think baltimore on
12/30, at least thats what peele thought….i joined the fan club (sent out
the check) i’ll let you know about the poster/tshirt/newsletters/deals
once i get all the info back!!!! hey, have a great holiday, i gotta go finish
my shopping…i’ll find you after 1/17 with the lists!! pauline
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Thanks for all the info. Pauline!–Art
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
===========================================================
=====================
To: Jipson Art
From: Brent Daniels
Subject: Concert Review

The Connells came through here last night. They put on an incredible
show. Much, much better than the last time I saw them. Doug wasn’t
nervous at all. When I saw them in St.Louis early on in the One Simple
Word tour, he looked sort of like he did on Conan O’Brian. I guess he
felt at home here, since they’ve been playing around North Carolina
for 10 years now.

I tried to bootleg the show, but I failed. I learned shortly before the
show that my recorder didn’t have a microphone jack.. the tape quality
ended up being horrible. It’s a shame, too, because it really was a
great show.

It was completely sold out, and a lot of people were being turned
away. That was good to see – I’ve seen bigger bands like Cracker only
get a handful of people here. Of course, I would have preferred to have
some breathing room.. But it’s still good to see them getting some
support.

Here’s as much of their set list as I can remember:

Hey, you
Something to Say
Carry my picture
(I can’t remember the rest in order, so here they are scrambled:)
Doin’ you
If it crumbles
Over there
Scotty’s lament
Sal
Fun & Games
Hats Off
New Boy
Slackjawed
Stone Cold Yesterday
Get a gun

There were more, but that’s all I remember. They played most of Ring,
except for Spiral and ’74-’75 (despite the crowds requests for the
latter). They played for about an hour and a half.

I always find stage banter to be the most interesting part of shows..
so, here’s what they did in between the songs..

For either the first or second encore, Doug came out and started
singing some song, while instructing George how to play it.. (uhh..
a-minor I think).. Then they launched into another song, which I’m
sure I’ve heard before but can’t place. Anyway, they stopped, and
Doug said “That’s the easiest way to get this guy to tune his guitar
quickly – play trains, boats, and planes”.. The crowd shouted for them
to continue, but Doug said, “no, if we play that song, we’re going to
have a fistfight on stage.”

At one point, Doug pleaded for someone to bring him a beer. Doug
made an announcement that cars parked in the Tijuana fats parking
lot were being towed, to which he added “you deserve to get towed if
you park in the tijuana fats parking lot. That’s what I think.”

He also stopped to thank the opening band, five-eight, several times.
The crowd had been a little unfriendly to five-eight. (At one point, a lot
of people were shouting “CONNELLS”..five-eight’s singer said, “come
on, now which is better, wimpy pop or loud shitty punk,” to which the
crowd responded with a resounding “WIMPY POP”) Oh well. I thought
they were good.

There was a good article about the band in Friday’s paper. I’ll
transcribe it later on.

Brent
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please do send in the transcription–Art
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Well that’s it! Please let me know if ya’ll get this. I have made some
changes with the systems operator and everyone should get the
entire copy from my end. But do send me little notes to know that it
was received! Thanks!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

end.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

// Boylan Heights \\

The Connells Electronic Digest

Volume One, Issue Four

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
“Watch an eyeball, take a free fall, off the counter’s ledge.” – Buffalo
Tom
“Be my Burden….”
-M. Connell
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
===========================================================
=====================

——————————————————————————–

Boylan Heights Issue #5

// Boylan Heights \\

The Connells Electronic Digest

(c) 1994 Fun and Games Productions

Volume One, Issue Five

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==-==–==–==–==-
-==-
** Subscriptions, comments, contributions: **

–> jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu <–

** Manager: **

jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==-==–==–==-
-==-
The manager of this list, Art Jipson, and the school’s facilities that this
list is produced from, Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, are not
responsible for the contents of the following mailing except for that
which they themselves have originally contributed.
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==-==–==–==-
-==-
Remeber: Send everything to one address. Your contributions.
Personal letters to me. Subscription/removal requests. Everything is
one address: jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu We’re waiting to hear
from you!
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
Hello All!

Boy, has life sucked for me. The computer “gods” decided to install a
new gateway without protecting any information, namely–address
books. This means that my entire collection of e-mail addresses
(around 150) was wiped clean. It has taken me several days to try and
repair the damage that was done. I believe that I am close to
completion. But what that means is other than some scattered hard
copies I don’t have everyone’s address. Thus, I am not sure that this
issue is getting to everyone that it should. So, if you get a copy and a
friend doesn’t let me know (or vice versa). Also, if people only get half
tell me and I will break the issue into sections (I lost that list too).

Thanks to everyone who sent stuff in! We have a good issue this time
focusing on a variety of questions. In terms of “whose best” I would
have to say that I think that Mike is the strongest creative force in the
band. I love Mike’s songs and lyrics better than Doug’s or George’s
(sorry, Pauline). Thanks to Winston for getting some tour dates! We
need to know these things.

Finally, I propose a plan. What would happen if everyone on the list
requested ’74-’75 at their fave or college (non-commerical) radio
station? I think that it is worth a try, what the hell! I have been
requesting the song everyday for the last week and it made a
difference at my local radio station. I know in the era of narrowcasting
and preprogramming it is tough…but what could it hurt? Geez, its not
like the major labels ever do anything like this!

Also, can people send me personal “music” bios–what other music
you are into, where you are, what you are doing, stuff like that. You
can also answer Colin’s question. I thought that it would be nice to
have a run down on the members of the digest. Well, take care and
keep sending the stuff in.

In this issue:
1. Whose the best?!
2. 10K and Connells? (I don’t know, does anyone know? -Art)
3. Brent posts Winston-Salem Interview
4. More Comments from Pauline
5. Tour dates from Winston
6. Final installment of Mike Interview

“And there are fairweather friends,
And there are fools besides us,
Who relearn every turn and twist somehow”
-M. Connell
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
===========================================================
=====================
To: #002#BH
From: Colin Law

Are there other Connells fans out there who really can’t stand
George’s songs? I find myself continually programming my cd player
around his cuts. Someone mentioned that he was their favorite, but by
far his lyrics are the most inane I have ever heard, especially the lines
about the ‘whale’ in (I think), Doin’ You.

Just wondering if anyone else out there uniformally disliked George’s
contributions but thought Mike’s stuff was great.

On another note, except for one play of Stone Cold Yesterday a few
years back, I have NEVER heard the Connells on the radio in the
Houston area. Of course we don’t have any “alternative” radio
stations which may be the problem. Still, though, they manage to draw
a good size crowd when they come through. I also feel very very old
at a Connells show now. I’m 25 but the majority of attendees at the last
show I went to were under 18. Its odd to seemingly outgrow a group
that has been getting old, same as you, for the past 8 years.

Colin

—————————————————————–Colin Law
|      Your cylinder shape, so unlike a cube,
claw@spacsun.rice.edu   |      A morsel of meat all wrapped in a tube.
Dept of Space Physics    |      Long brown and useless, fuzzy and fine,

Rice University              |      Wiener, oh wiener dog, wiener be mine.

713-527-8750 x3523    |                    – from “Ode to A Sausage Dog”
—————————————————————–

===========================================================
=====================
To: BH
From: David Wright

art, i got 2 copies of digest #4, so yeah, it is getting through. i was
watching my 10.000 maniacs “time capsule” video the other day, and
in the clip “wildwood flower”, which is just a bunch of tour footage
from 1987 set to music, there is one shot of the maniacs standing
around with a couple of guys that look just like members of the
connells (sorry, i can’t place names to the faces). can you or anyone
else give more info on this, such as if the connells ever opened for the
maniacs? if you pass it on to the list, maybe someone else will have
the video and be able to back me up.
-david wright
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
To: BH
From: Brent Daniels

Brighter Days: Strong new album has connells hopeful about the
future

As Mike Connell entered his third year of law school in 1983, he began
to search for something to deter the mounting pressures of academic
life. The answer to his quest was pop music.

LIke many youngsters in the ’60s, Connell had been bowled over by
the music of the Beatles. As he grew older, his love for rock ‘n’ roll –
particularly the music of British pop bands – inspired him to play guitar
and write songs for his own amusement.

So when his brother, David, invited him to a jam session in 1983,
Connell decided that playing in a pop band would be the perfect
antidote to the stress of law school. “We got together a couple of
times a week and made noise working up my songs,” Connell said. “It
started out as nothing more than a distraction.

“All we were hoping to do was play at parties and, if we were lucky,
play at a club around Chapel HIll.” Connell laughed. “Now here we
are, 10 years later. It was certainly not my intention to be performing in
this band for a decade.”

The career of the Connells – Connell, guitar and vocals; David Connell,
bass; Doug MacMillan, vocals; George Huntley, guitar and vocals;
Peele Wimberley, drums; and Steve Potak, keyboards – has been
marked by accomplishment and frustration.

The connells’ five albums – Darker Days (1986) [err.. wasn’t this 85?],
Boylan Heights (1987), fun & Games (1989), One Simple Word (1990),
and the new Ring–have drawn critical accolades. The group’s
Anglicized sound – a melodic blend of introspective lyrics, jangle-pop
hooks and gentle folk-pop arrangements – separated it from other
North Carolina pop bands and attracted a growing following.

For all its critical success, the Connells have not been able to attract
the attention of a major label – something that it needs to do to move
into the mainstream. All the Connells’ albums – with the exception of
Darker Days, which the band recorded and marketed on its own –
have been released on TVT records, a small independent label. “It
really has been a series of rises and falls,” Connell said. “I don’t feel
we have done a whole lot of backsliding in our objectives…but I
honestly wish things had progressed more than they have.”

When the bands first album came out, many reviewers commented on
the bands’ stylistic similarity to the Smiths – a melancholy British
band, led by singer Morrissey, that specialized in lithe, bittersweet
folk-pop. “The comparisons got a little frustrating, but I understand it
now,” Connell said. “Much of it had to do with Doug’s vocal
mannerisms. He really didn’t know what his voice was supposed to
sound like at that time.

“I loved the Smiths, so part of me was thinking that it was great. but I
also came to realize that it is not the greatest thing to be a new band
and get immediately labeled as some sort of clone.” To help illuminate
the distinctive pop sensibilities of Connell’s songwriting, the band
enlisted Mitch Easter to produce Boylan Heights, its second album.
The album’s jangle-and-drone pop songs helped erase comparison to
the Smiths–but attracted comparison to REM.

“After we recorded Boylan Heights, I thought that we had made a
distinctive sounding record,” Connell said. “I didn’t count on it being
compared to REM like it was. But REM cast a pretty long shadow.
They were a logical point of reference, in that we were both
guitar-oriented pop bands from the South.”

Connell laughed. “But still…”

Steady touring helped the band’s next two albums, Fun & Games and
One Simple Word, climb into the lower reaches of Billboard
magazine’s Top 200. But the success was not enough to enable the
band to take its music beyond a collegiate, alternative-music audience.

Frustration turned to discouragement during recording of One Simple
Word with producer Hugh Jones in Wales. The Connells walked away
from the sessions unhappy with the music and unsure of its future.

“That whole project got away from us,” Connell said. “Hugh Jones is
a producer who had very definite ideas about what he wanted that
album to sound like. He likes to leave his stamp on a record, and his
stamp was not always what we wanted to sound like. He did things
with songs that didn’t make a lot of sense to us.

“None of us were happy with that record, which led to many long
discussions about what we were doing – and if we still wanted to do
it.” The band decided that, if nothing else, it needed to make an album
that was fully indicative of its musical ideals. With the help of producer
Lou Giordano – who has worked with such bands as Sugar, the Pixies
and Dillon Fence – the band went to upstate New York and recorded
Ring.

Driven by Connell’s strongest songwriting to date, the album strikes a
triumphant balance between the band’s wistful folk arrangements and
its increasingly powerful popcraft. Such songs as “Slackjawed,”
“Carry My PIcture” and “Hey you” support evocative melodies with an
exuberant guitar sound that promotes muscle and grit over the
expected jangling choruses.

The album captures the growing power of the band’s live show in a
manner that should attract the interest of listeners who favor such
pop acts as Matthew Sweet, the Lemonheads and Teenage Fanclub.

“I really like this album,” Connell said. “I feel better about it than either
of the last coupleof albums. We were lucky in that Lou Giordano was
willing to accomodate our desire to put a little more bite into things. As
a result, we emerged with an album that we are really proud of. “It
would be nice to get some radio play for a couple of these songs, but
the competition is really stiff these days. So it’s now a matter of going
out and playing as much as we can to see if we can’t stir up some
interest.”

Reaction to Ring has been overwhelmingly strong. College radio has
played it, and MTV has shown videos for “Slackjawed” and “74-’75”
on its 120 Minutes and Alternative Nation programs.

Connell remains cautiously hopeful about the future. “At this point,
things are going better than they have at any point in the past,” he
said. “It is not a dramatic improvement – but it is an improvement
nonetheless. “It is reassuring to know that we are still ‘alternative’
after all these years, but I wouldn’t mind being a little more mainstream
for a bit.” He laughed. “I just want to see how it feels.”

(from the winston-salem journal, jan. 21, 1994)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Thanks so much for transcribing this!–Art
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
To: BH
From: Pauline Peterson

i accidentally took myself out of what i was typing-i really should learn
the commands for this damn program…anyway, once again a great
show…peele is the coolest, we were on the list because they stopped
one night in maple shade (by us) and he called (the weather has been
really lousy around here). what a great bunch of guys-not too many
bands you can say that about in this day and age. the next leg of the
tour starts feb 10-no dates as of yet, once i get em i’ll send them.
(hopefully by friday) i think peele said that they’ll be on the road until
may or a little later for this one, they’ll probably take breaks-they’re on
one right now for a week. as long as they come back again, i don’t
care. fan club stuff should also be out in the next couple of weeks-i’ll
send that when i get it too. later for you-hope to hear from you soon!

i guess you got the second message-i’ll bring the aquarian with me-i
have way too much work to do this week for classes so i’ve got to
hold off and catch myself up, then i’ll get to the interview. i went to sea
bright at the tradewinds on saturday night-great show….set list (not in
order) hey you,doin you, sal, something, F & G, motel, gun, scottys,
crumbles,choose a side,rnning mary,inside my head,upside down,
take a bow,74-75,carry pic,slack,burden,hats off,new boy,ten pins…i
think thats all of them.

-pauline
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
To: Connells Mailing Admin

Hey, please distribute this to the list!!

This is not a full list of dates, but here’s a few…

Feb 11 – Jackson, MS @ Hal and Mal’s
Feb 15 – Starkville, MS @ Rick’s
Feb 16 – Oxford, MS @ LaFayette’s
Feb 18 – Auburn, AL w/ Widespread Panic (I think)
at this point they’re doing some LA dates, but I didn’t get them.
Feb 23 – Statesboro, GA @ TC Hangers
Mar 1 or 2? Young Harris College in GA
Mar 3 B’HAM, AL @ 5 Points Music Hall

That’s all I’ve got, and if you’re going to the Starkville or B’ham show,
then I’ll see ya there!

———-
“Crazy women, that’s the only kind I know.”
— Jupiter Coyote
———-
******************************************************** WiNsToN h.
BaCcUs/ThE uNiVeRsItY.oF aLaBaMa/TuScAlOoSa, Al >>

********************************************************
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Well here is the last part of the interview with Mike that I have been
posting in parts. Enjoy the last o’ it.–Art

MC: I think that at some point we were all keyed into where we were
headed with the song [“Hey You”]. But it is really, just really an
assortment of phrases from three different guys thrown out and
patched together.

AJ: That’s fascinating that it comes together so cohesively.

MC: The way that I would characterize the song is really pretty typical
of the way that our sound or songs of the last few years.

24. AJ: How would you label yourselves, if you had to label
yourselves–and these exercise are always ridiculous. I have heard
collegiate jangly rock which other than Darker Days I don’t hear so
clearly, power pop, Southern Roots Pop, there are several different
labels that have been applied to you guys. How do you think of the
Connells?

MC: New Stream. Laughs.

MC: I think we’re guitar oriented, hopefully melodic pop rock. For
myself anyway I was always more influenced by British bands. I grew
up listening pretty much exclusively to British bands. So, the whole
Southern thing it makes sense in so far as our music isn’t radically
dissimilar than from REM. And they [REM] cast such a huge shadow
that FOR what we’re doing it would be hard…it does invite
comparisons. But it’s never been the case that I sat down and waited
for REM’s new album to come out and started to write more songs.

So, yeah, more than anything I think that we’re preoccupied or most
concerned with trying to come up with decent melodies. Lyrics that
hopefully are not embarrassing or too embarrassing. That sort of
thing. I don’t think that the guitar sounds have been jangly, either, for
the last few records.

AJ: It just seems that any Southern band invites some kind of REM
comparison regardless of whether or not the melodies of the songs
structures themselves invite such a comparison.

MC: Yeah.

AJ: How do you feel about reviews of your records? Are any reviews
significant for you?

MC: Let me think. I get more concern about the local reviews just
because I know that my Dad is gonna pick up one. Actually, I think
that I avoid looking for the reviews anymore because I figure that if
one that’s pretty positive comes out then our manager will make a
point of showing us. Hence otherwise I assume that something is
going on that I just assume not see. Some less than positive reviews
of the last few years have been good for me, I think to read some of
the criticisms. With most reviews I realize that it is one person’s
opinion. Only in instances where there seems to be something…it’s
almost as though there is something personal going on. Sometimes
things get so vicious that you can’t make sense of what you are
reading. Someone obviously hates or detests the band so…that you
wonder if it’s just the music. If these songs could instill that sort of
venom or inspire that sort of venom.

I love reading reviews of other people’s records and I understand the
function that reviews serve but I can’t say that I go out of my way to
find out reviews anymore. You get burned a few times and you…or
you read some awful review and you become less prone to go to track
down every review that comes out.

25. AJ: Is there any member of the band who lives seeks out reviews,
positive or negative.

MC: David over here. There is a magazine in Atlanta called Creative
Loafing and any time that we’re coming to town. It’s not so much as a
review as a preview and there’s this one guy who just utterly dispises
the band. And it’s finally got to the point where it’s almost amusing to
see what he’s going to say. Each time there is one thing that he says
over and over, it’s like I told you every time do not go out and see
these guys but you keep going back so I’m throwing my hands up.
He’s written awful things about people that I like quite a bit–like Robyn
Hitchcock, I know that he was playing in Atlanta one weekend when
we were playing there and it’s like…. I think that he thinks that are
lyrics are a little precious or something like that. Or that I don’t know
what his gripe is entirely. I think part of it is the fact that in Atlanta
anyway a good bit of our crowd might be more clean cut type of
crowd. He probably sees that as a bad thing. Maybe we’re a little too
life affirming.

AJ and MC: laughs.

AJ: Think black album covers.

MC: Yeah! Laughs.

26. AJ: Let me ask you about videos. Seven was your first video and
then one or two per record after that?

MC: Yeah, we actually made one for hats off. I think that, Dave, they
put that on 120 minutes didn’t they?

DC: Yeah!

MC: It was on a time or two. That was as with seven some friends of
ours in Raleigh spent an afternoon with us and just made the videos.
Very low budget–we just stood around drinking beer, something like
that. “Over there,” “Scotty’s lament,”–were the two videos from
Boylan heights. The video for “Something to say” that was a
nightmare. I hated making that thing.

27. AJ: What happened with “Something to say?”

MC: It was just an awful video and TVT found this guy who I think just
missed the boat completely. He had no sense of the band, maybe,
never listened to a record. I’ve got this wonderful image guys. His
treatment that was sent down had something to do. Dave, what was
the metaphore for the song.

DC: The junkyard of lost ideals.

MC: Yeah, the junkyard of lost ideal that was it. All these things would
be heaped on. We at least put our foot down and kept that out of the
video, but Jesus…it’s like it looks like a bad jean ad to me. Blue jean ad.

28. AJ: How do you feel slackjawed. It seems like you guys goofin’
around. There’s some performance segments in it.

MC: We had a much better time making that video. This friend of ours
from Raleigh whose now living out in LA, his name is Peyton Green
made the video, he came back and he know all of us well and
understand, I think, the personality of the band and the individual
members. Things were a lot looser making that video than with other
videos.

Although with get a gun our first drummer john Sholtz made that
video. Things were pretty loose then but…it was a lot of fun. The fact
that we could do it in Raleigh made a big difference, didn’t have to go
off somewhere. And we used all the locals in and around the city.

29. AJ: What is your general disposition toward videos?

MC: I think that we understand that in this day and age it’s almost
imperative to at least give it a shot to make a video. To see if it can end
up on MTV. But we realize at the same time that it is an awful lot of
money to spend on something that you wonder how much difference
it actually makes.

30. AJ: If you had to sum up the band, characterize the band–in a
short statement–could you do that?

MC: I’ll give it a shot! I would say [pause] a bunch of guys who tried to
come up with some decent songs and at least tried to avoid
embarrassing themselves too much in the process. I think that on top
of all that we have always made a point of…I think that John Lennon
said “that to make it in this business you’ve got to be assholes, and
we’re the biggest assholes there ever where.” And that quote never
made sense to me until I was in a band and I could see how it would
be easy to be an asshole. The band collectively could be sort of less
than…. I think that we have been pretty good about being decent
bunch of Guys as a band. And that to me is important. I have always
tried to be fair with one another and those that we come into contact
with.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

end.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

// Boylan Heights \\

The Connells Electronic Digest

Volume One, Issue Four

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
“Watch an eyeball, take a free fall, off the counter’s ledge.” – Buffalo
Tom
“Be my Burden….”
-M. Connell
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
===========================================================
=====================

——————————————————————————–

Boylan Heights Issue #6

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–=–==–==–==–==–
==

// Boylan Heights \\

The Connells Electronic Digest

(c) 1994 Fun and Games Productions

Volume One, Issue Six

The Small Issue

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

** Subscriptions, comments, contributions: **

–] jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu [–

** Manager: **

jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
The manager of this digest, Art Jipson, and the school’s facilities that
this list is produced from, Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, are not
responsible for the contents of the following mailing except for that
which they themselves have originally contributed.
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
Remeber: Send everything to one address. Your contributions.
Personal letters to me. Note that this is not a mail deflector but a
digest! Subscription/removal requests Everything is one address:
jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu We’re waiting to hear from you!
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
The “I Suppose” Page

Well, it seems that a number of people have responded quite quickly
to the last issue, so this one comes out fast behind. In response to
Winston’s poll, my faves go (at this moment, and didn’t we do
something like this in a previous issue?) with one being the highest:

1.  One Simple word         1.  Scotty’s Lament

2.  Boylan Heights          2.  Something to Say

3.  Fun and Games           3.  Over There

4.  Ring                    4.  Slackjawed

5.  Darker Days             5.  One Simple Word

Does anyone have more complete tour dates? We had a few in the last
issue but I am wondering if there are some more out there. Please
send in those reviews, interviews, and notices!! I am working on a
transcription of an interview with Doug from Creem Magazine and my
little bio that I will put in the next issue. Remember if friends of yours
are not getting this, and should, let me know–the gateway is still
acting mighty funny. Take care,
Art

“it’s you I swear, it’s you I swear
I delight in my despair”
-M Connell (as interpreted by D MacMillan)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
In this issue:
1. Gary asks about touring
2. Francis Park bio
3. Winston wants to conduct a poll
4. Brent comments on the last issue
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
To: BH
From: Gary Assa

The Connells Played at a Long Island Disco on January 27. I did not
go due the moving of our office, and I was on the move committee.
The show was at 1am, or so. Anyway, I hope that this did not
constitute their NY appearence. It doesn’t look like it was part of their
tour, since I just read from this list that it starts Feb 11. Does anyone
know if the 2nd leg consists of cities they weren’t at in ’93, or a second
tour, including cities visited.
———————————————————————-
* The firsttthing we do let’s kill all the lawyers _Shakespeare *
———————————————————————-
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
To: BH
From: Francis Park

Since Art asked for music bios in his last installment of “Boylan
Heights,” I figured I’d throw my two cents in.

I’m a senior at Johns Hopkins majoring in history. I’m also cadet
battalion commander of the local Army ROTC unit, and I will be
commissioned as an Armor second lieutenant into the Regular Army.
I’ve asked for Fort Stewart, GA (near Savannah) as my initial duty
station, but I won’t find out until late March where I end up.

First time I saw the Connells was 1988, when I was a sophomore at St
Christopher’s School, a private day school in Richmond, Virginia. I
liked their show but I wasn’t impressed enough with them to buy
either Darker Days or Boylan Heights. I decided to give them a try at
the beginning of my junior year at Hopkins (granted, a five-year gap)
and liked them enough to buy all of their albums.

Some of the other bands I listen to include Juliana Hatfield, Belly, The
Breeders, The dB’s, Let’s Active, Game Theory, The Loud Family, Yo
La Tengo, The JudyBats, and New Model Army. I guess I should throw
in Blake Babies in with Juliana Hatfield, and I’m big on early Cure as
well as early R.E.M. (Reckoning and before). I also listen to a few other
bands on occasion such as Ministry, and Husker Du. The only other
major omissions I can think of are Catherine Wheel and The
Replacements.

Observant listeners (now there’s a mixed metaphor) will see a
preponderance of power-pop bands. Mitch Easter has had a hand in a
good many of the bands I listen to, from Let’s Active (where he was
lead singer) to The Loud Family. Other producers’ names that crop up
a good bit on the albums I have included Gary Smith and Scott Litt,
other power-pop producers.

There’s some other stuff; some Shostakovitch disks intermingled with
Bach and even a little Windham Hill. If I’m feeling disconnected, I could
always listen to Negativland.

Most of the music I listen to religiously avoids the mainstream; even
the Bach disks I have are stuff only of interest to hardcore violinists –
his sonatas and partitas for unaccompanied violin are SEVERE on the
casual listener.

Most of the latter came from playing violin before college. I didn’t do it
too seriously after I graduated from St Christopher’s; trying to mix my
combat arms ambitions with playing the violin at the level I wanted to
didn’t hash out, and in any case, I’d had my hurrah in secondary
school anyway. I’d been All-State and it was unlikely I’d put in the
effort to make one of the national orchestras. Ah well.

In a year I should be playing the finer points with a 120mm gun…

Regards all Francis
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
To: Connells Mailing Admin
From: Winston

Okay, every list has them, and this talk about the band not being
happy with One Simple Word (my personal fave) has led me to wonder
what the other folks on the list think. Yes, it’s time for the “what’s your
fave” poll. So, with that in mind, tell ME, not the list at this address,
“wbaccus1@ua1vm.ua.edu” your favorite album (rank all 5 of them
from 1 to 5, and then also tell me your 5 favorite Connells tunes. Then,
I’ll post the results to the list. Just curious,

———-
The brain is a wonderful organ, it turns itself on when you get
up in the morning, and it turns itself off when you get to class.
********************************************************WiNsToN h. BaCcUs
/ThE uNiVeRsItY.oF aLaBaMa /TuScAlOoSa, Al
Wbaccus1@ua1vm.ua.edu/Wbaccus1@ua1ix.ua.edu/
Winston18@aol.com
********************************************************
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
To: BH
From: Brent

>
> Finally, I propose a plan. What would happen if everyone on the list
requested ’74-’75 at their fave or college (non-commerical) radio
station? I think that it is worth a try, what the hell! I have been
requesting the song everyday for the last week and it made a
difference at my local radio station. I know in the era of narrowcasting
and preprogramming it is tough…but what could it hurt? Geez, its not
like the major labels ever do anything like this!
>

I make it a point to play at least one song a week on my show – usually
more. (Slackjawed and Inside my Head (just because it followed the
Blackwells’ “In my head” well) today).. Only problem is we’re on cable
FM for at least another year, so I don’t have that big of an audience to
influence.

> Also, can people send me personal “music” bios–what other music
you are into, where you are, what you are doing, stuff like that.

I’ve always been a fan of music with a heavy emphasis on guitars.
Other favorites include – The replacements, anything Bob Mould’s
ever put his name on, REM, and Uncle Tupelo. (Strangely enough, all
of these bands have mailing lists)

> Are there other Connells fans out there who really can’t stand
George’s songs? I find myself continually programming my cd player
around his cuts.

Not really. I don’t like “Doin’ You,” either, but he’s done some good
songs (Inside my head, for instance). One of his songs on Boylan
heights (struggling to recall the name) was good, except that it
seemed like two songs thrown together.. (..hard for me to say, but i
like your face, but I can’t anymore.. Let’s do it again).. Everytime I hear
that song, I think, “what a great song,” but then grimace when it gets
to “I can’t anymore”.

> through. I also feel very very old at a Connells show now. I’m 25 but
the majority of attendees at the last show I went to were under 18. Its
odd to seemingly outgrow a group that has been getting old, same as
you, for the past 8 years.
>

I feel old at a Connells show, and I’m only 18.

Brent
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
end.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

// Boylan Heights \\

The Connells Electronic Digest

Volume One, Issue Six

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

** Subscriptions, comments, contributions: **

–] jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu [–

** Manager: **

Art Jipson

jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
“Watch an eyeball, take a free fall,
off the counter’s ledge.”
– Buffalo Tom

“Be my Burden….”
-M. Connell
===========================================================
=====================

Boylan Heights Issue #7

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–=–==–==–==–==–
==

// Boylan Heights \\

The Connells Electronic Digest

(c) 1994 Fun and Games Productions

Volume One, Issue Seven

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

** Subscriptions, comments, contributions: **

–] jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu [–

** Manager: **

jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
The manager of this digest, Art Jipson, and the school’s facilities that
this list is produced from, Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, are not
responsible for the contents of the following mailing except for that
which they themselves have originally contributed.
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
Remeber: Send everything to one address. Your contributions.
Personal letters to me. Note that this is not a mail deflector but a
digest! Subscription/removal requests Everything is one address:
jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu We’re waiting to hear from you!
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
The “I Suppose” Page

Hey its been a while. My life is non-stop excitement. Grading, reading,
writing, sleeping. What can I say? It has been some time since I have
seen the Connells, so I am think of a road trip–any suggestions?
Does anyone have more tour information? What have recent shows
been like? We need details. Please send in those reviews, interviews,
and notices!! I am working on a transcription of an interview with
Doug from Creem Magazine and my own little bio that I will put in.
Remember if friends of yours are not getting this, and should, let me
know–the gateway is still acting mighty funny.

Oh, last minute addition: I am expecting the arrival of serveral
Connells bootlegs. I would be more than happy to set up a tape tree
sot that we could pass on this stuff. If people are interested–let me
know. Take care,

Art

“it’s you I swear, it’s you I swear
I delight in my (your) despair”
-M Connell (as interpreted by D MacMillan)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
In this issue:
1. Mark talks about a live-X
2. Scott talks a show
3. Winston talks about a great show
4. Mike has a twin!?! and George Connell the philosopher
5. Art’s Bio
6. Brent has stuff
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
To: BH
From: Mark Hughes

The Connells will be on a “Live-X” Friday, 2/25 in Atlanta. The radio
station is 99X, WNNX. Most Live-X performances take place at a local
recording studio, have approx. 30 people (winners of contests on 99X)
present and have a 30 minute duration. I will surely tape the broadcast.

I DO NOT what time the Live-X will take place. As of the morning of
2/21, I don’t think the radio station knew either. I will let you know
when the time is announced.

Hey Art – was my last posting (the first notice about this Live-X) sent
out with the digest?? I did not receive the digest if so. I hoped that it
was so someone could provide more information about the Connells
being in Atlanta.

As far as I know – there is NO show planned for Friday evening
following the Live-X. I may hang out at the recording studio and try to
see if something is scheduled as the last minute.

If you know any other information, PLEASE let me know.

Mark
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
To: BH
From: Scott Loose

Well, I finally got a chance to write about the Connells performance on
the 19th in Auburn. For those of you not at the show, the Connells
opened up for Widespread Panic at the Beard-Eaves Memorial
Coliseum. I didn’t have a great view from where I sat but they sounded
good regardless. I don’t recall the exact playlist but most of the songs
came from Ring and Fun&Games with a few from Word. Since the
band played as the opener, they didn’t play nearly as much as I
wanted to hear.

The crowd got into the performance more than I expected. It would
appear there’s quite a following down here at Auburn. I know many
people, including myself, were there primarily to see the Connells.
IMHO, the Connells performed much better than Widespread.
Widespread, being the headline, naturally had a better stage setup
and visual show but, sorry Panic fans, listening to them I began to feel
as if I was listening to the same endless song. The Connells music
encompasses a wider field of emotion for me I guess.

Anyway, I though the band did a great job and my only complaint was
that they couldn’t play longer.

-Scott
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To: BH
From: Winston

Well, I did end up getting to see the Connells last Thursday night.
Previously, I mentioned that it was a 21 and over show, and being 19, I
couldn’t get in. But, in their infinite wisdom, the good people at the
Five Points South Music Hall decided to let those of us 19 and over in
to the grand opening of their new bar, and plus they were really lax on
carding us. Donkey and Dillon Fence opened. The latter was a decent
band from Chapel Hill.

The Connells played about 1hr and 45 mins, and sounded particularly
good. I think that “Sal” sounds so much better now than even a year
ago, and I know that they’ve got to be tired of playing it. I used to not
care for “Upside Down” but when I first saw the Connells live a few
years ago, I fell in love with the song, and they gave me no reason to
rethink that stance the other night. I was disappointed that they didn’t
do “Try”, my personal fave. I was glad to hear “Choose a Side” They
appeared in a pretty good mood. Doug kept commenting on what a
“good solid” crowd turned out for the show. All in all, a great evening,
and I danced my butt off once again.

###########################################################
########
##WiNsToN h. BaCcUs ThE uNiVeRsItY oF aLaBaMa/TuScAlOoSa, Al
##
##Wbaccus1@ua1ix.ua.edu/Wbaccus1@ua1vm.ua.edu/Winston18@a
ol.com ##
###########################################################
########
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
TO: BH
From: Ryan

You enquired about George Connell, Mike and David Connell’s
brother in your reply. I shall give you all of the information I know in a
succint manner.

George Boyce Connell, age 36, is an Associate Professor of
Philosophy here at Concordia. He received his B.A. degree from
Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He went on for graduate study at
Vanderbilt University, where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. His
doctoral dissertation “To Be One Thing: Personal Unity in
Kierkegaard’s Thought,” was published by Mercer University Press in
1985. Dr. Connell specializes in the study of Soren Kierkegaard. In fact
the late great Reidar Thomte, professor emeritus of philosophy at
Concordia, wrote that Dr. Connell was the best choice possible of
Kierkegaard scholars he knew.

Dr. Connell lives in Moorhead with his wife Virginia, and two
daughters. He came here in 1986 to replace Dr. Thomas Christenson,
who is now at Capital University in Columbus. Dr. Connell remarks
that his brothers do not often communicate with him. I phoned him
when I found out the Connells were coming to Cornstock
(Concordia’s annual progressive music festival), and he said, “I’m not
even going to call my brothers; I’ll just wait and see how long it takes
them to tell me they’re coming up here!”

Dr. Connell is a role model for me, as I, too, aspire to pursue graduate
study in philosophy, specifically the philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard.
I often have to deflect flak from people who say, “You just want to be
the next George Connell.” I know that could not happen, as we are
two different people, and I know for sure that George is more
intelligent than I am. (This is not to say I am an idiot….instead I am
trying to convey how intelligent George is!) I enjoy a good
conversation with Dr. Connell; he is very well-read and
knowledge-able on a wide variety of topics.

Currently, Dr. Connell is on sabbatical. He is probably at home right
now reading Nietzsche. He told me a month back he is “boning up”
for his Existentialism class next semester, which I am taking. He was
my advisor for a year-and-a-half, until he went on sabbatical. (That
reminds me, I should go to the Registrar’s office to make sure I get my
advisement switched back to him.)

Overall, I have been very impressed with Dr. Connell. He is very
deserving of the position he holds, whereas I, after completeting
graduate school, will probably end up at Triple “A” Community
College in East Orange, New Jersey, as a Lecturer in Humanities (part
time, of course). I envision myself beginning a lecture with these
words….”Plato’s thought…,” to which the class will respond “What?”

And I find it strange how the Connell brothers have all gone out in
such different diretions. You have Mike and David, who studied law, in
a rock band. You have George teaching philosophy. And you have
Mike’s twin brother, whom I know nothing about.

Well, I suppose I better let you go here. I hope this information was of
interest to you. If you desire, you may edit this little biography and
incorporate this into your newsletter.

Bye bye,
Ryan
““““““““`~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~“““““““““““““
Well, here goes the brief bio of the editor.

I am a visiting assistant professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I
originally hail from Minnesota which says a great deal about my music
collection. I recently finished my phd dissertation on the 1991
international Teamsters election. I am 28 years old and am married (for
7 years) and have a daughter (Kathleen) who is 5 years old. I have
been a fan of the Connells since 1986. I fell in love with their live sound
and great melodies. What else do ya need to know!?!
““““““““`~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~“““““““““““““
Wow, that was pretty brief for an academic.-ed.
““““““““`~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~“““““““““““““
To: BH
From: Brent Daniels

Welp, I got a chance to see the last show on the Connells tour last
week. (No thanks to TVT – I tried to get tickets through them, since the
only way you could get tickets was by winning them through a radio
station. But, they were very uncooperative about me doing an
interview for the radio station I work at – I can’t wait to see my phone
bill to see exactly how long I spent on hold with TVT without ever
talking to anyone)

Anyway, I had to hang out at a music store for 2 hours to win tickets,
but I got them. They almost screwed me over – They were doing
Connells trivia questions. They asked how many members were in the
band. I replied, of course, six. They said no, and called on someone
else who said “five,” and gave him tickets. I tried to explain that Steve
is (to my knowledge) now a member of the band, but they wouldn’t
give me tickets. I got to answer another question, though, and got
tickets.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Interesting. I think though that Steve is not part of Connells, Inc. and
hence did not count. They should have said THE band or THE
traveling band.–ed.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Anyway, it was a very cool show. Queen Sarah Saturday opened up
(as usual). This band has one of the best attitudes about being an
opening band that I’ve seen in a while.

After QSS was Mae Moore. Her show was interesting, mainly because
her band looks like it’s made up of Suzanne Vega, the lead singer
from White Zombie, and a Hare Krishna. I’m not a really big fan of her
songs, though. Peele was sitting a few seats down from me during
this part of the show.

Anyway, they didn’t play for very long (50 minutes, max). Darker Days
and OSW were the forgotten albums, again (except for Stone Cold
Yesterday, of course).

Before playing Slackjawed, Doug said that he had a cold, so it
wouldn’t sound exactly like the record. Heh. Funny how the cold
didn’t seem to affect the other songs. Funny how it sounded exactly
like the Conan O’Brian and 120 minutes performances, too. Oh well –
at least he hasn’t taken to lip synching to get it right.

Overall, it was a cool show. Not as much energy as the other times I’ve
seen them – but that probably has something to do with the fact that
most of the people there went just because they had free tickets.

Brent
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
end.

I hope everyone had or is about to have a fun spring break!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

// Boylan Heights \\

The Connells Electronic Digest

Volume One, Issue Seven

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
““““““““`~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~“““““““““““““
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

** Subscriptions, comments, contributions: **

–] jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu [–

** Manager: **

Art Jipson

jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
“Watch an eyeball, take a free fall,
off the counter’s ledge.”
– Buffalo Tom

“Be my Burden….”
-M. Connell
===========================================================
=====================

——————————————————————————–

Boylan Heights Issue #8

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–=–==–==–==–==–
==

// Boylan Heights \\

The Connells Electronic Digest

(c) 1994 Fun and Games Productions

July 9, 1994

Volume One, Issue Eight

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

** Subscriptions, comments, contributions: **

–] jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu [–

** Manager: **

jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
The manager of this digest, Art Jipson, and the school’s facilities that
this list is produced from, Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, are not
responsible for the contents of the following mailing except for that
which they themselves have originally contributed.
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
Remeber: Send everything to one address. Your contributions.
Personal letters to me. Note that this is not a mail deflector but a
digest! Subscription/removal requests Everything is one address:
jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu We’re waiting to hear from you!
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==
The “I Suppose” Page

Hey its been a while. My life is non-stop excitement. Writing,
exercising, staying out of the heat. I have been anxiously awaiting
info. on the New Boy ep. From what I understand it was supposed to
come out on the first of August but got moved to the end of August
because of the art work. Unfortunately, Dave is not going to do the art
work as was the plan at one point. The list for the six songs is:
New Boy (Ring Version)
New Boy (live)
Fun and Games (live)
Living in the Past (live-Jethro Tull cover)
Wonder Why (unreleased material from Ring sessions)
Logan Street (unreleased material from Ring sessions)

A video is already in the can and should be seen on 120 minutes or
something shortly before the ep is released. If anyone else has info.
please pass it on.

Does anyone have past tour information? What were shows like? We
need details. Please send in those reviews, interviews, and notices!!

Bootleg alert: At this point I have collected nine Connells boots. Most
are excellent, with a few in the good category. If people are
interested–let me know. I would be very willing to conduct trades or to
supervise a tape tree.

Later,

Art
“it’s you I swear, it’s you I swear
I delight in my (your) despair”
-M Connell (as interpreted by D MacMillan)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
In this issue:
1. Ryan talks about a wedding, that’s right a wedding!
2. Cream article (part one)
3. The Raygun article
4. Matt talks about how he got into the Connells + other stuff
5. Greg and an old review
6. Replay of Art’s review
7. Ryan and the Concordia Show
8. The Proposal
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
To: BH
From: rfischer@VAX.CORD.EDU on Sat, Jun 11, 1994 3:24 PM

Art,

I do not know whether or not you have heard about this, but it is
some- thing you may want to mention. Mike Connell got married this
past week in Chapel Hill, NC. My professor/informant, George Connell,
flew down there a few days back to be at the wedding. I shall have
more details this week. I have to give George some photos from the
Connells’ Cornstock performance, so I shall make my enquiry then.

This summer, I am going to twist my parents’ arms so I can get a
chance to go down to Raleigh, hopefully in August. I would like to
drive down with a friend. I have never been down in the southeast
before, so I am really going to kick, scream, etc. to get that trip.
Ultimately, I would hope to meet Mike, David, or ANYBODY, for all that
it matters for an hour or so, in the midst of all the sightseeing I want to
do. My parents were down in North Carolina this spring, and they
mentioned how beautiful it was. So, who knows….if you should
receive some ecstatic e-mail from me in August, that shall indicate that
I had a wonderful trip and all those good things.

Hope to hear from you,
Ryan
________________________
Art, I was over to George Connell’s house today. He gave me a few
details about Mike Connell’s wedding. It was held in a tent by a
historic house near Chapel Hill, NC. Currently, Mike is honeymooning
in Paris.

George told me that the sales of “Ring” have apparently levelled off at
about 125,000. I guess this means we should not be planning any big
“break- through” parties in the near future. Maybe if they record
another album…. Hmmmm.

Anxiously awaiting the release of the “New Boy” EP,
Ryan D. Fischer
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Connells Cream vol.3 no.2 p.24 January/February ’94 (Part 1)
by Tom Lanham

Are American audiences, on the whole, pretty stupid? This is the
question Doug Macmillan is addressing while his crafty Carolina
combo the Connells jangles through a soundcheck. The evidence is
all there Beavis and Butt-head on the cover of Newsweek; Bruce
Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” being misinterpreted as a flag
waving anthem. Even Americanized remakes of definitive European
films such as The Vanishing and La Femme Nikita insinuate that we
Yanks enjoy being talked down to. But perhaps the most telling
footnote is the Connells’ curious career itself, which–after eight years
and rive brilliant pop albums–still remains stuck in low indie-label
gear. Is this outfit–huh, huh, huh–too smart–huh, huh, huh–for us?

Macmillan isn’t sure. But he’s got some theories. “La Femme Nikita is
the best example of that way of thinking,” he says, after apologizing
for his group’s striaghtforward soundcheck rendition of Bob Seger’s
tacky “Night moves” number. “The original Frnech version was so
cool–they were spoofining Bruce Willis and all those action guys. And
What does Hollywood do? They turn around and film one over here!
So maybe there’s a danger to doing things that aren’t 100% serious,
things that have an element of irony to them, because there’s always
gonna be somebody who totally buys it.”

Unfortunately, these gullible people–whoever they are–were not
buying Connells records. The group still resides in relative obscurity
in Raleigh, NC, and continues to record for tiny TVT Records when it’s
not touring the East COast club circuit to put food on the table. After a
spin though the latest Connells communique, RING, the tragic plot
thickens. This is a great alternative-rock album, bubbling over with
bright bluebird hooks and snappy lyrical patter and clipping along on
an almost heroic momentum. While guitarist/songwriter Mike Connell
clangs out his typically Merseybeat leads, Macmillan sings his leaders
super-smart thoughts in s souffle-fluffy tenor that settles into the
music like soft autumn leaves. “I’ve been standing slackjawed since
you were here/yeah, I’ve been standing slackjawed,” goes the
memorable chorus to “slackjawed,” and–although the term
“slackjawed” isn’t heard very often in pop music parlance–the cut
sounds like an old childhood chart friend, something you might’ve
heard on your pillow-ticked transistor late one schoolnight. Long
before you learned the importance of SAT scores, that is.

Maybe if the Connells had used simpler Cliff Notes terminology this
song would be a big hit. Perhaps we could edit down Finnegan’s
Wake while we’re at it, too. Keep the art basic and understandable for
our slow-witted Everyman. “there’s always someone who doesn’t get
‘Slackjawed,’ and I can tell when they’re not getting it, and I start
laughing,” says Macmillan, who doesn’t speak with any perceptible
snootiness. “It’s when people look at you sort of dumbfounded, you
know? But I like those kind of lyrics, ones that, when you hear ’em,
you can visualize what they’re about.” A touch of frustration creeps
into his voice as he admits, “Some of our songs are easier to fall into
than others–they don’t take much thinking to get into.”

Of course, when the Connells first got together in 1984, the guys were
all still frat-rats in college. Degrees were forsaken, however, as the unit
gelled and started touring. Mike Connell and his bassist brother David
had been weaned on Southern soul, but a latent–and
now-trademark–Brit rock fetish was audible by TVT album #2, the
exuberant Boylan Heights.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Raygun Article Feb. ’94
The Connells
by Jim Desmond

The Connells suffer from a bit of an identity crisis. Their pure pop
sound, preppy look and teeny bopper fan base [art’s angered by this
comment] make it easy to write them off as lightweight. But there is
nothing lightweight about RING, the band’s fifth release.

Taking a break from fishing off the Carolina beach, Doug MacMillan,
the band’s lead singer and resident free-spirit, explains that he’s been
listening to the new Nirvana record, which triggered some thoughts
on why people can miss the boat on the Connells. “Nirvana hits you
over the head with all the anger and fear or whatever they’re feeling,”
says MacMillan. “Then later on I find myself thinking, ‘Wow, these
melodies are good.” “With us,” he continues, “it’s exactly the
opposite. The things that are unsettling, the skewed perceptions of
things that are in the songs don’t reveal themselves immediately. I
don’t know if our way is better, but that’s how we do it.”

Later I met up with the band’s principal songwriter, Mike Connell, over
breakfast at a coffee shop on the fringe of the campus of the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where MIke was a law
student and his brother David an undergrad when they formed the
band in 1984. Mike, the band’s yin to Macmillan’s yang, became visibly
uneasy when discussing his lyrics the chrous of “Disappointment,”
one of RING’s best moments, goes “And if I dissappointed you, I’m
sorry. You’re a disappointment too.”

“I don’t feel comfortable writing optimistic lyrics and I don’t know
why,” he cautiously stated. “I didn’t have a traumatic childhood or
anything like that. I write in the minor key a lot and light-hearted lyrics
just seem out of place. In some ways maybe it is calculated, I guess. If
the lyrics were as nice or sweet as the melodies it would be too much.
There would be no rough edges.”

On the surface, the sound of RING is safe pure pop, nothing earth
shaking yet thoroughly listenable-bouncy songs, the melodic guitar
lines of Mike Connell and George Huntley, the careful rhythms of
David Connell and Peel Wimberley and MacMillan’s sweet high vocals.
But dig a bit deeper and you’ll discover surprisingly intense tales of
betrayal.

It has never been easy getting a handle on the Connells. They are a
study in contrasts. Buoyant melodies offset by Mike Connell’s
penchant for dark lyrics. Southerners drawing primarily from British
pop bands from the Beatles to the Smiths. Studious players fronted
by a singer who is most comfortable on stage when things go haywire
(“When something breaks, I’m squared,” he says. “When I do a goof,
it’s my natural personality coming out.”)

While hoping that RING does for the Connells what GRAVE
DANCER’S UNION did for their good friends in Soul Asylum, Mike
Connell is trying to keep some perspective o the position his band is
now perched in. “When I stop long enough to think about it,” he sayd,
“I can’t believe that I could compalin about selling only 100,000
records. I think of all the great bands like Big Star who never sold
anywhere near that and I feel like an ingrate.”

[Any comments on this? I never knew Soul Asylum and the Connells
were friends. Is that true?]
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
To: BH
From: Matt Tomich

My junior year in high school, I saw lots of the preppie kids wearing
Connells T-shirts. I was like, “Who the hell are THESE guys?”
Somebody described them to me as “a poppier R.E.M.” I was like, as
my very cynical puberty-wrenched persona of the time was apt to,
“Oh, yeah, that’s the last fucking thing the world needs.”

Now I just got done with my junior year in college. Admittedly, I’m a
different guy, in big ways. And in January this year, this guy from
Vanderbilt transfers into the wing where I’m an R.A. I don’t even
remember why I borrowed the CD of “One Simple Word” from him.
Maybe I was bored with the CD’s I’d been listening too. Maybe he’d
been playing it. Maybe I thought their 120 Minutes performance wasn’t
that bad.

After the chorus of “Stone Cold Yesterday”, I smirked as I realized
what an asshole I must’ve sounded like four years ago. The second
song wasn’t bad. “Get a Gun”…whoa, that’s a keeper. Didn’t care
much for the song after that. But it was consistently decent after that.
The CD remained in heavy rotation on my stereo for about a month.
So I decided to borrow “Ring”…

I don’t know which one I like better. I think “Simple Word”‘s
production strikes me as a little more honest, but I guess that’s
because it’s a little less slick. I think the songs are slightly better
constructed on “Ring”, but I have no faults at all with “Simple Word”.
And there’s “New Boy”…and that song about the guy who needs to
see himself on the wall of a “three or four star restaurant” (the name
escapes me now). Everybody knows somebody like that. “Running
Mary”. Beautiful.

Of course, none of this compares to “Waiting My Turn”, but I’ll talk
about that later.

So anyways, this guy, Chris…he loans me “Fun and Games”. I don’t
think I got through a single listen of it without putting in one of the
other two CD’s. I thought thought that the sound and songs on the
other two were so vastly superior…(but don’t worry, I’ll get to it.)

So I listen these two CD’s to death, and then I hear that they’re playing
in St. Louis over Spring Break. The only problem is that it’s some
radio station’s birthday party concert and you have to WIN tickets. So
we’re in St. Louis over Spring Break anyway, and we go to this Pizza
Hut and sit there with five people trying to win a single pair of tickets.
After four hours and a stomachful of grease later, I got a T-shirt, but no
tickets. (It was a radio T-shirt, not a Connell’s T.)

Luckily, when I got back to school, I found out that the Blue Note in
Columbia, Missouri was having the Connells there in late April. Whew.
So I call and get tickets. And there’s this girl that I REALLY like named
Katie, and we’re in my room hanging out late on night, and I’m
listening to “One Simple Word”, and I’m like, “Hey, these guys are
playing at the Blue Note the day after tomorrow, do you want to go?”
And the day of the show, she says yeah.

The day of the show: The Blue Note is about 60% percent full. Doug,
the lead singer, is hanging out upstairs before the show. I guess I
could’ve stopped him and said something when he walked by, but I
didn’t have anything to say that he probably hasn’t already heard.

I missed the opening bands because Katie and I were hanging out in
this back alley that a friend of mine drank a 40 ounce bottle of
Magnum on a dare (don’t do it…it’s evil) talking to this really interesting
janitor guy that works at this warehouse.

But we didn’t miss the Connells. The band came out, and I was like,
“Wow…they really do look like brothers. Cool.” Doug was…uh… kinda
intoxicated. He tried to dance or something. He was standing on the
monitors at the front of the stage and almost fell off. There were these
girls screaming at David [Mike] (?) Connell (the guitar player that
writes so many of the songs). But I was transfixed on Mike…the bass
player. Great freakin’ bass player. I loved his sound…really warm…and
the way he kinda bops around…you know, receding hairline and
married and well dressed — breakin’ all the rock cliches — but is still
GREAT. (I assume he’s married, he’s got the ring.) If I were a woman
(or gay), I would’ve been screaming for him (if he didn’t have the ring.)
I thought it was really cool how he and David were on the same side of
the stage next to each other…you know, that they were brothers and
they toured together and they were next to each other on stage.
Anybody know anything about their relationship? (I saw that thing
about how they have another brother who is a professor…does
anybody have a copy of that? It’d have new significance to me now…)
And David just smiled all the time…really seemed like a great guy.
Left-handed. And their music really had that warm, sunny quality. I
guess that’s what happens when you live in North Carolina and get all
that sunlight and spring starting in March (instead of April or May, like
here in the Midwest.)

The show was really good…I had a great time. They played a lot off
Ring, and the songs I really wanted to hear off of “One Simple Word”
(“Stone Cold” + “Get A Gun”.) I thought alot of their songs lost some
of their sublety (especially “Get A Gun”) in the translation to the live
stage, but then again they were all drinkin’ imported beer and I saw
them only once. They REALLY kicked it on “New Boy”, definitely the
climax of the night. The ending chorus, they really hit it there. I can’t
wait to hear the live version that’s coming out…I hope they recorded it
on a night that was as “on” as the one that I saw. (And I was sitting
there thinking of the description of the show that I had missed in St.
Louis: “They were really drunk and it was just full of radio promotion
people…” Yuck. Doesn’t sound like I missed much.)

For the encore, they almost played “Waiting My Turn”…David started
playing it, and Doug goes, “Hey, we can’t do that…we don’t have a
cello…” It sounded wonderful anyway, they should’ve gone ahead and
done it. But I’ll save that for later…

I just moved in with two roommates, one of which I went to the concert
with. I borrowed one of their copies of “Fun and Games” and under
new circumstances (and better weather), I’ve been listening to it. I
don’t think it hits as high as “One Simple Word” or “Ring” (even
thought I somehow get the feeling that it’s their ‘classic’ album from
people that I’ve talked to), it’s got some decent tunage on it. They
definitely grew alot inbetween that and “One Simple Word”…

Looking at the copyright dates, it’s three years between “One Simple”
and “Ring”…does this strike anybody else as a long time for an
‘alternative’ band? Or there an album between the two that I’m
missing?

And yeah, Art, “Burden” is a great song too. I was happy when they
played it in concert.

Okay, anyways, about that song…it has to do with my friend Katie…
see, I made this tape for her, it had “Waiting My Turn” it on it, and it’s
her favorite song on the tape, and she was listening to the tape when
this semi-truck wasn’t looking when he switched lanes and dumped
her into a ditch in this car accident three days after school got out,
and she almost died but she’s okay except for some surgery she had
tohave on her hand, and I’m here for the summer and she’s three and
a half hours away and she just left an hour ago and my shirt still
smells like her, etc. etc. etc.

Ah, yeah, like you haven’t heard this all before.

— M@

i261%nemomus@academic.nemostate.edu
————————————————————————
//Skyway\\:  The Replacements Electronic Newsletter and Support
Group
(write a letter sayin’ “Sign me up!” to:
skyway@phoenix.creighton.edu)

(If you have trouble replying to this letter at the nemomus
address,<\PRE>
forward your letter/write me at:
skyway@phoenix.creighton.edu.)<\PRE>
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To: BH
From: Greg Koehler

Art-  Well as I said, I saw the Connells on Monday.  It was truly a great
experience.  First of all, Mike Connell has got to be the nicest person
Ive
ever met.  During the concert he was continuously saying thanks and
smiling.
They played the ‘favorites’ like you mentioned.  Unfortunately I was
unable
to snatch a set list.  But heres a story.  Believe me, this really
happened.
Early on, there was a bunch of guys in the front that kept yelling out
Stone
Cold Yesterday.  Well, Doug got fed up and told them that if they
bought him
a
shot of Jagermeister, they would sing it (like they werent going to sing
it
anyhow).  So, they did.  And it turned out that the whole band ended
up
recieving a shot (Mike turned his down).  Anyhow, Later on, they finally
played
the song.  The irony is that just before the chorus, the sound totally cut
out.
So, it was just the crowd singing.  The band was confused, needless
to say.
Doug tried to keep it going for a while but then they realized that it was
out
for good.  Of course we didnt take that.  It was a very good crowd, and
we
were
clapping and yelling and banging bottles.  It was awesome.  Mike and
Doug
finally came back out and played Hey Wow.  Of course, doug was
inaudible.
Somehow, they hooked up an acoustic guitar for mike.  Once again, it
was just
the audience having a great time.

Afterwards, I hung out and Mike was very friendly.  He even got some
of us a
beer from backstage.  Very cool.  I just listened.  Mike dealt with a guy
bagering him about the record company and another guy asking for
Law school
advice.

Doug seemed a bit pissed or something.  He and Peele seemed to
know some
people. George basically just walked out the door.  He didnt really
seem to
be into the concert. I wonder if he is sick of things.

Information:  Mike said that they will probably try one more album and
then
call it quits.  He says hes gettin old (35).  He said that 74-75 is just a
number.  It signifies a turning point that we all go through.  He tended
not
to
talk about specifics of songs.

Well, thats all for now.  I cant wait to see them again.  A full show next
time.  But what I saw, was truly fantastic.  It had to be, even if you don’t
like them.

Later,

greg
gkoehler@ucs.indiana.edu
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To:  BH
From:  Art Jipson

Some people said they did not get this so…(my apolagies to the
people who
have already seen this).

Well a big hello to all,

I hope that finals and such are not too hefty for everyone in school.  I
know
that I can’t wait for summer to come.  Although, the work will still
continue
for me (big sigh).  A very big hello to all the new members!  Welcome
aboard.
Note to everyone:  I should have something worked out soon with my
systems
manager on doing away with all of the names at the beginning.  Please
“bear”
with me.

If your account is going to close over the summer (or end entirely) let
me
know.   Althought the Connells will be taking a break for the Summer I
still
think that we could continue our speculations and obsessions.

Anyway, the main reason for posting this is to comment on the
Connells
appearance at my own Miami University.  To begin I have to say “hey!”
to
Dean.  Yup, one of our own besides me, went to the show.  It was
great fun to
hang out with another Boylan Heights member (and see what at least
one other
member looks like).

I had an interview with Mike set for 3:15 (by the way the day of the
show was
Saturday–04/23/94–for those of you listening).  I walked past some
local
security guards, well they were students actually.  And yes, one of
them is
in my Sociological theory course, which made for interesting
conversation.
Anyway, I found Mike throwing a football around with some other
guys.  He
remembered me right off (gosh!) from our previous interview in
Cincinnati the
last time that they were in the area.  We shot the breeze for awhile.  I
asked how he was doing and he asked me about my wife.  She had to
work and
could not come with.  I was flattered that he remembered her.  I asked
him
about his impending wedding.  Set for sometime in July, I think.

The interview went well.  I will be posting the transcription to the digest
in a week or so.  He was happy, funny, and in great humor through it
all.
The interview was interupted by the Connells soundcheck and before
Mike came
back I talked to George about his solo project.  It is a go.  TVT is giving
him creative and financial control (with some preset limit–I’m not
gonna ask
him that, sheesh!).  He has assembled a band that includes Raleigh
locals and
some other musicians.  Peele is going to play on a track but the
Connell
brothers will be noticably absent.  George should start working on it in
June
or July.

George and I talked about other music things:  The Beatles, Southern
Rock,
the business in general and what’s the best drink after a show (the
answers:
George Harrison, some good-some bad, TVT is ok, and it varies).

Mike came and sat down with George, Dean (I mentioned him above),
and myself.
Mike and I finished the interview.  During this part we found out that in
Too Gone (from One Simple Word)–the last line is “six in my pants.”
You’ll
have to wait for the explanation on that one.

After the interview was finished Dean and I went to a local bar and grill
for
some food.  Once finished we returned to the field.  Yeah, they played
an
outdoor show.  The Indians were one of the two openers.  We
decided/opted for
food over seeing the local band–Two Doors Down.  The Indians were
pretty
good.  Although I don’t think that the neo-hippy love thang played well
to
the mostly-frat and sorority crowd.

The Connells took the stage around 8:30.  They opened with “Hey
You” and
although there were some sound problems in the beginning (a usual
problem for
outdoor shows) you could tell that this was going to be the show of a
lifetime.  It was.  They covered material from Word, Boylan Heights,
Funa nd
Games, and Ring.  The faves were all there and then some.  I kept
yelling for
“Hats off” but I MIke didn’t hear me, so….  Anyway, the band was tight,
Doug was in a great mood and played (when doesn’t he?) with the
crowd.  He
spotted me in the crowd a couple of times and we sent hand signals
back and
forth.  I should point out that Dean and I were close to the front.  Very
close.

All in all the show was fantastic.  They hit the highlights with:
Slackjawed, New Boy (the soon to be released single on a 5-song ep),
stone
cold Yesterday, Fun and Games, Sal, Motel, an unusual Jethro Tull
cover (got
me on the title), Try, Burden,  and closed with take a bow.  The crowd
went
nuts when the strains of 74-75 started.  It was great.

The crowd was enthusiastic.  Doug clapped, they clapped.  Doug
swayed, they
swayed.  In fact, Mike had his own fan contingent–after Mike sang
Burden,
many of us were yelling “atta boy Mike!” and “way to go Mike!”  It was
a
lively crowd.  I loved it.

After the show, Dean and I hung out with the guys and talked to them
about
what a great show it was and (as always) hoping that things would
only get
better for them.  While Jimmy was impatient (he’s the tour manager if
you
haven’t met him) for them to get going they gave away posters and
things.  It
was great!

Well, I guess that “sums it up.’  I will be posting more on the
forthcoming
digest.  I just wanted to send something out soon to you folks.

Take care,

Art
jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To:  BH
From:  Ryan Fischer

Art,

Cornstock here at Concordia was spectacular.  The Connells
performance
was
a religious experience for me.

I had the opportunity of meeting Mike and David at George’s house.  I
phoned George at around 11.30-11.45 on Saturday morning, and said,
“Would it
be possible for me to meet your brothers?  I would be honored to meet
them….
etc.”  George said, “I tell you what, why don’t you come here in about
a half
hour or so….you know where my house is.”  A half an hour later, I
arrived
at
George’s house, and knocked on the door.  The door opened, and
Mike peeked
around and said, “Hi, I’m Mike Connell.”  So Mike, David, George, and I
sat
and schmoozed at George’s house for about 35 minutes.  That was a
thrill.

Later that afternoon, I went up to the studio of the campus radio
station,
and Mike, David, George Huntley, and Steve were hanging around
before the
performance, and we discussed music for a while, but I figured I had
better
get
going because they were scheduled to perform shortly.

The performance itself lifted me to majestic clouds of musical rapture.

About half way into the show, Doug announced, “This next song is for
Ryan
Fischer.”  It was “Hey You” as I recall.  After the song was finished, “As
long
as we’re at it,” Doug said, “this song is for Ryan, too.”  And then Doug
mumbled something like “Ryan, Ryan, where have you been all my
life.”  I do
not
know exactly how to interpret that statement….

They ended the performance with “Stone Cold Yesterday.
people started chanting “one more song–one more song–one more
song.”  They
came back and played a jazzy 12-bar thing set to a swing beat and
featured
Steve plunking out jazz chords on his “plastic,” as he likes to call it.
(“Plastic” is Steve’s slang for synthesizer.)  That only went on for
about a
minute.  Then they played “Take a Bow,” I think.

Afterwords I went backstage and introduced myself to Doug and
Peele, and
I
schmoozed a little more with David.  It was an excellent end to an
excellent
show.

My recollections of the show are rather sketchy because I was drunk.
In

other words–DO NOT DISTRIBUTE THIS, please, please, pretty
please.  For a
more
detailed account of the show, I suggest that you contact Alan Bjerga
(abjerga@
vax.cord.edu), or George Connell (connell@vax.cord.edu).

I will remember a great show, however, and how down to earth the
band
was.
Especially Mike and Dave.  They were very adept at conversation, and
they
were
always gracious and hospitable.  I will always recall how good they
are….and
not just musically speaking.

And I think Doug was just as hammered as I was.

Have a lovely week,
Ryan
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The proposal:

Hey folks I would like to propose that we DO something.  As the New
Boy ep
comes out, I think that we should collectively organize calling in to
local
and regional radio stations.  I think that by mounting a campaign of
calling
radio stations, we could at least help (in some small way) people to
hear the
Connells.  Now this is nothing major.  I would suggest calling for some
of
the songs on the ep twice a day per radio station.  My own plan is to
call an
alternative station in my town twice to three times a day.  And to call
two
Cincinnati radio stations twice a day.

Now, given the nature of radio programing (I used to manage an
alternative
station, so I know how useless requests really can be) this exercise
will not
change the nature of the universe.  However, it can convince people to
program more Connells.  And how can that hurt?!!!  So, check into
local radio
stations and let me know if you want to participate.
–Art
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

end.
I hope everyone is having fun this Summer!

Next Issue:  Some Interviews with Mike, George, and Doug! Part Two +
More

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

// Boylan Heights \\
The Connells Electronic Digest
Volume One, Issue Eight
July 9, 1994
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

** Subscriptions, comments, contributions: **
–]  jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu  [–
** Manager: **
Art Jipson
jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

“Watch an eyeball, take a free fall,
off the counter’s ledge.”
– Buffalo Tom

“Working in the halls of Shame….” -Uncle Tupelo

“Be my Burden….”
-M. Connell
===========================================================
=====================

——————————————————————————–

Boylan Heights Issue #9

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–=–==–==–==–==–
==

// Boylan Heights \\
The Connells Electronic Digest
(c) 1994 Fun and Games Productions
August 15, 1994
Volume One, Issue Nine
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

** Subscriptions, comments, contributions: **
–]  jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu  [–
** Manager: **
jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

The manager of this digest, Art Jipson, and the school’s facilities
that this list is produced from, Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, are not
responsible for the contents of the following mailing except for that
which
they themselves have originally contributed.
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

Remeber: Send everything to one address.  Your contributions.
Personal
letters to me.  Note that this is not a mail deflector but a digest!
Subscription/removal requests Everything is one address:
jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu We’re waiting to hear from you!
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

The “I Suppose” Page

Hey folks!  First offs, I have to say sorry to Ryan.  The computer was
supposed to delete part of one of your messages.  What can I say,
sorry!

We are a growing group over the Summer.  Seven more people have
joined up.
Welcome to all the new members.  I hope that the digest is interesting
to you
all.  If anyone has any questions or concerns send them into me.  I
have
started talking to the electronic support people about adding gopher
sites
and archives.  More on that as things progress.

The other day I was working on the computer and what should come
on the radio
but the Connells with ‘Slackjawed.’  I love it when that happens–the
programers actually put something on that I want to hear.  It really
seems to
just make me feel good and smile.  To add to my delirium, the next
song was
the replacements with ‘Here Comes a Regular.’  I think I live for those
brief
moments of happiness.

Several people have contacted me saying that they want to participate
in the
“call in” and “write in” campaign.  I don’t seen any need for any rules
or
anythin’.  I just say that we coordinate calling radio stations.  Several
times a day should make a difference.  Get your friends to do it and it
will
work perfectly.  As far as timing goes, the single should be out on the
13th
of September.  The video has not been sent to MTV yet, I had my wires
crossed
on that one.  The vid will be sent to MTV in two to three weeks.  We will
need to write to them so that our requests come just as they start
showing
the video. What do people think?  Write them in a two weeks?  The
band plans
some more touring beginning on the 4th of September.  The mini-tour
will run
until the 29th and concentrate on the South East.  I don’t have any firm
venues and dates, but I expect to get some soon.  If anyone has some
solid
dates and venues–send ’em in.

I have to say that I am sorry for not getting to the interview stuff this
time.  I have to work on publications instead.  Sorry.  Hey, I gotta eat
too.
I hope that everyone has survived the Summer and is ready for
whatever comes
next.  I am ready for a new semester myself but could really use more
time
off.  I am also anxious for the ep.  Oh, well….

Later,

Art
“it’s you I swear, it’s you I swear
I delight in my (your) despair”
-M Connell (as interpreted by D. MacMillan)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

In this issue:
1.  Cream article part two
2.  Ryan
3.  Craig
4.  Matteo
5.  George Huntley Band review
6.  Doug and Karl
7.  Mike, the New Boy
8.  Support for the proposal
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The Connells Cream
vol.3 no.2 p.24 January/February ’94 (Part 2)
by Tom Lanham

Of course, when the Connells first got together in 1984, the guys were
all
still frat-rats in college.  Degrees were forsaken, however, as the unit
gelled and started touring.  Mike Connell and his bassist brother David
had
been weaned on Southern soul, but a latent–and now-trademark–Brit
rock
fetish was audible by TVT album #2, the exuberant Boylan Heights.
That Big
Ben chime is still around on Ring, in folksy songs such as “Spiral” and
“Running Mary.”  MacMillan is quick to squeal on his compadre too:
“Oh yeah,
MIke was a big Jethro Tull fan growing up, back before their real
self-indulgent phase kicked in.”  In vintage “Living in the Past,” in case
crowds fail to guess the band’s arcane roots.

But why stay in Raleigh?  Why not hightail it for major-label Los
Angeles
after all this time?  “Actually, for groups on the East coast, it’s either
New York or Boston,”  MacMillan corrects.  “But I just don’t see the
need.  I
can think of several bands who’ve moved up there, only to find out
that
nothing was happening.  But it all depends on your expectations as
far as
this business goes, so I’m just pleased to still be doing this.”  The
Connells, in fact, had Hollywood come to them recently when rock
video
director Mark Pellington (Pearl Jam’s award-winning “Jeremy”)
arrived in
Raleigh to film a clip for “’74-’75,” the new Ringle single.

“He went to the high school in town and got an old ’74-’75 yearbook
and
actually interviewed people from that class,” says MacMillan.  “You
know the
documentary 28 UP?  It’s like that.  He flashes the yearbook picture on
the
screen and then follows it with footage of them now.  The video
doesn’t
completely evoke with what the lyrics are about but it works.”

When pressed, MacMillan confesses he doesn’t really know what Mike
Connell
meant with such lines as “I was the one who let you know/I was your
soryy-ever-after, ’74-’75/giving me more and I’ll defy.”  The best
explanantion he can manage is, “Well, it’s obvious Mike was writing
about a
specific experience, although he didn’t elaborate.  It sounds like its
about
a bad relationship, or it could be a family matter, and I’ve noticed that
on
different nights we play it, different things come into my head.”  A track
you have to analyze to appreciate?  God forbid!  Beavis and Butt-head
will
take one look at the vid and declare “This sucks! Huh, huh, huh.”

Ultimately though, MacMillan is happy just being his low-profile self.  “I
like not knowing what “’74-’75” is about,” he testily defends.
“Because the
whole point of the song is, yuo take from it what you can get.”  And
what’s
so difficult to grasp about that?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To:  BH
From:  Ryan

I have the set list from the Connells’ Cornstock performance from 16
April 1994.  I do not know if you want it, but here she goes:

1.  If It Crumbles (soundcheck)
2.  Sal
3.  Hey Wow
4.  Something To Say
5.  Burden
6.  Doin’ You
7.  Upside Down
8.  Disappointed
9.  Try
10. ’74-’75
11. Over There (dedicated to me)
12. Inside My Head
13. Slackjawed
14. New Boy
15. Motel
16. Fun And Games
17. Stone Cold Yesterday
(Additional songs)
Get A Gun
Choose A Side (also dedicated to me, after Over There)
Take a Bow (final song, after Stone Cold Yesterday)

And that is it.  I do not know if this is completely accurate, even though
it
was Peele’s set list.  I think the Connells may have deviated from the
set
plan a bit, but I really enjoyed the performance anyhow!  (Interestingly,
the
set list has a pseudonomously written short story on the back side,
entitled
“A Grizzly Bus Tale”….would any one of the Connells have a penchant
for
human decapitation by any chance?)

Well, my modem is REALLY tying up the Fischer family phone line, so
it is
“adios” for now.  Keep sending me stuff, whenever and wherever you
may get
it.  I am interested in the bootleg recordings, and I have plenty of blank
tape, so I would appreciate some information on those recordings.

Stay away from the heat,
Ryan Fischer
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To:  BH
From:  Craig

Got the summer issue of Boylan Heights..Couple of comments: yes, I
believe
that American audiences are dumb when it comes to the
Connells..Few bands
consistently write good songs, even fewer GREAT songs..The
Connells differ
because I have yet to dislike even one song by them! Why does this
band
linger in the shadows of obscurity? Are they too intelligent for the
masses?
Is their record company guilty of poor promotion? I mean come on..I
remember
when I was in college back in ’87 or so that they were the new hip
thing..(At
least around here at U of I, Champaign,IL);..They seemed like they
were about
to break big, couple of vids on MTV, radio play, critical acclaim,etc..
What
the hell happened? I will sorely miss them if they record one more
album and
then split, but who can blame them? I expected “Ring” to rocket them
to
success this year, but even our local “Modern Rock” station played
their
single sporadically instead of constantly – I guess Bjork was more alt.
than
the Connells or something – now they play that poor excuse of a
Violent
Femmes song constantly.. STILL LOOKING FOR THE CONNELLS to
come back to the
Univ. of Illinois!! God knows they got a good reception each time they
were
here!!

Charley

Gaz
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To:  BH
From:  Matt

I’ve been reading over the back issues of the Heights that Art sent me,
and I’m just amazed at how cool Dave and Mike are.  (And yeah, in my
post, I got the two names mixed up…sorry…but I bet you guys figured
it all out anyway…) But in all the interviews and the article reposts,
there seems to be this tragic air…like the band isn’tdoing as well as
it’s supposed to and Dave is thinkin’ of leaving (did Iget the name
right this time?)[othat’s mike, I think –Arto] after one more album and
TVT
is a screw job…

So what are they doing now?  Are they going back on tour anytime
soon?
It was posted that Ring capped out at about 125-150,000 copies (sorry
if I
misquote that)…what about the potential of the New Boy single?  Why
is it
that everybody I know that hears this album loves it?  Is the
record company stupid?  Don’t they realize that if they push it a little
harder, that they could possibly break through?  It’s not like the band
hasn’t done their part…I wonder if they noticed the dime in royalties
they got when I picked up the CD of “One Simple Word” last month…

Man, the music industry just isn’t fair.  Neither the Replacements
albums “Tim” or “Let It Be” went gold…and it looks like they’re
letting the Connells sink as well.  When that New Boy single comes
out,
I’m going to give the crappy station here some serious telephone hell
to play that baby once a day.

Hey, do any of these guys have internet accounts?  Can anybody
summarize the
band’s educational backgrounds?  (I heard law school, Chapel Hill,
etc.)

— Mateo

i261%nemomus@academic.nemostate.edu
DEFENESTRATION (de-feni-strai-tion), v.:
the act of throwing a person or thing out a window.
—————————————————————-
//Skyway\\: The Replacements Electronic Newsletter and Support
Group
(write a letter sayin’ “Sign me up!” to: skyway@phoenix.creighton.edu)

(If you have trouble replying to this letter at the nemomus address,
forward your letter/write me at:  skyway@phoenix.creighton.edu.)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Matt, as I understand it Mike has his law degree and took the bar exam
in
North Carolina and passed.  Dave never finished his BA in art and
history.
As for the others, I don’t know.  Anyone else have more or more
coorect info.
–Art
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To: BH
From:  Lisa (FlashHerm@aol.com)

Hi, Connells fans.

Last night at the Brewery here in Raleigh, George Huntley and his
band gave
us a taste of what to expect on his soon-to-be-recorded solo disc.

The band consisted of George on acoustic guitar and lead vocals (and
electric
guitar on one song), Peele Wimberley of the Connells on drums (first
half of
show) and percussion (second half of show), another
drummer/percussionist who
traded roles with Peele and whose name I do not know, Jack
Campbell of Johnny
Quest on bass, and a lead guitarist whose name I also do not know.
Perhaps
if any of the rest of you were there or know more about the band, you
can
fill in the missing names for us.

They played for just over an hour and the songs sounded pretty much
as you’d
expect, based on the songs the George has written for the Connells
over the
years.  A couple of songs have more of a country feel than anything
the
Connells have recorded.  Overall I thought they sounded very good.

The crowd was receptive, although George acknowledged that it’s
tough to come
out and listen to songs you’ve never heard before.

In attendance were David and Mike Connell and their brother John, as
well as
Doug MacMillan and Connells manager Ed Morgan.  And lots of other
folks, of
course.  Don’t know if Ed is also managing George’s solo career.
George’s
album will be recorded in Miami sometime in August, and the Connells
hit the
road again in September.

Almost forgot the visuals:  George is now sporting a ponytail and
mustache/goatee.  Just thought ya might like to know that. George
and band
are playing again tonight, this time at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, just
down the road from UNC-Chapel Hill.  I’m looking forward to hearing
the
studio versions of George’s tunes.  I’ll keep you posted as I hear more
about
his record.

Lisa        (FlashHerm@aol.com)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To:  BH
From:  Lisa  (FlashHerm@aol.com)

Somewhere in the summer issue you or someone wondered whether
the Connells
are really friends with Soul Asylum.  Yes, they are.  In particular, S.A.’s
bassist, Karl Mueller, hangs out with Doug MacMillan on occasion.  (I
have a
newspaper article that talks about this; I’ll try to find it.)  The other
guys in both bands are also friendly with each other, but Karl/Doug is
the
main connection.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thanks for answering my question!! –Art
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To:  BH
From:  Mike
Art- this is for the digest:

Hello. I am a new boy to the list. I’m Mike and I am writing to you from
Areica’s Heartland, Bloomington, Indiana. I saw in a past digest that
Greg is
also here in B-town – drop me a note! (mdenunzi). I won’t waste much
space
right now, I just wanted to introduce myself. I’ll condense my Connells
history into a list. Let’s see…
1. I’ve been a fan pretty much from the start when I bought Darker
Days as a
high-school kid in Chicago (I’m 24). “Seven” still rocks me.
2. I’ve seen the boys about six times, most recently here in
Bloomington.
This is the show Greg wrote about where they lost power during SCY.
I figured
they wouldn’t come back on so I juped up on stage and got the set list
and
jumped back down into the arms of a waiting bouncer – later! (I got to
keep
the list).
3. At that gig I met Mike and Dave and Peele. I echo you all who say
that
these are indeed the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet. I told Peele
about
these two stewardesses who lived upstairs from me in Chicago after
college
who said they went to high school with him – he didn’t recalll.
4. Whenever I’m drunk (not too often 🙂 ) and I’m listening to the
one-two
punch of “New Boy” and “Disappointed”, I feel like crying. Mike writes
some
of the most moving songs I’ve ever heard. The soaring guitar solos in
both
songs give me chills.
5. I will for the rest of my life find it inconceivable that the Connells did
not (yet) hit it big. How music like theirs gets overlooked while some of
the
utter tripe out there sells millions of albums.
6. Once I was driving down a quiet country road at night and I saw a
mailbox
with a hanging metal address plate that said “111 the Connells”. I
pulled
over and took it. (Wouldn’t you have!?)
7. I’m really excited to finally find this list of fans. I’m also on lists
for
REM, Toad the wet Sprocket, JudyBats, and Trash Can Sinatras. If
you want
info. on any of these, let me know.

I guess that’s it. I’m waiting for the EP like everyone else. And sadly,
like
you others who have talked to band members, it seems that they are
indeed
pretty close to calling it quits. We as fans need to do all we can to help
out (as Art mentioned with his ‘radio call-in’ plan.)

Talk to you later!
mike
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To:  BH
From:  Robb

Hi, i don’t have much to say… but I think the idea about calling MTV
and radio stations is a good idea.  Maybe we could even post the
suggestion to alt.music.alternative….  It’s obvious that the Connells
aren’t “selling out”, plus they deserve all the attention that they can
get. (plus, from some of the interviews, it sounds like they really want
it…)

Now, this isn’t something one or two people alone can do on their
own.
We need to get a lot of fans and even friends who don’t listen to the
Connells (yet) to call up and demand to hear “New Boy” when the ep
and
video are released.  Please let me know of any differing opinions…..

Robb Milacci
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

I agree Robb!  Let’s set something up!  All I suggest is a loosely
coordinated series of phone calls and written requests.  We could all
write
to Mtv and call local radio stations.  That isn’t asking too much is it!?  🙂

–Art
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

// Boylan Heights \\
The Connells Electronic Digest
Volume One, Issue Nine
August 15, 1994
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

** Subscriptions, comments, contributions: **
–]  jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu  [–
** Manager: **
Art Jipson
jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

“Be my Burden….” -M. Connell
“Working in the halls of Shame….” -Uncle Tupelo
“You feel like kissin’, when it seems that half of your face is missin'”
–Richard Thompson
===========================================================
=====================

——————————————————————————–

Boylan Heights Issue #10

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–=–==–==–==–==–
==

// Boylan Heights \\
The Connells Electronic Digest
(c) 1994 Fun and Games Productions
October 4, 1994
Volume One, Issue Ten
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

** Subscriptions, comments, contributions: **
–]  jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu  [–
** Manager: **
jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

The manager of this digest, Art Jipson, and the school’s facilities
that this list is produced from, Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, are not
responsible for the contents of the following mailing except for that
which
they themselves have originally contributed.
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

Remeber: Send everything to one address.  Your contributions.
Personal
letters to me.  Note that this is not a mail deflector but a digest!
Subscription/removal requests Everything is one address:
jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu We’re waiting to hear from you!
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

The “I Suppose” Page

Life sucks and then you die.  To some of us this is just one among
many tired
cliches, for those of us working in a university–it is truth.  I had us set
up for our own server and all the beautiful things that would come
from that.
Then the university decides to kill a number of networks.  Two and a
half
weeks of work, gone…kaput…destroyed.  But, hey, am I bitter?  NAH!!!!

I am sorry for the inconvenience of all the names at the beginning of
this,
but until I am able to find a new home for us–this is home.  It’s not that
bad is it?  Don’t say anything too mean, remember I am testy right
now. 😉 🙂
[for the electronically impaired these are a wink and a smile]–aw come
on
it’s a joke.  I knew I should not have stayed up this late.

At any rate,  I really love the new ep.  The cover of Jethro Tull’s ‘Living
in the Past’ is great.  Better than the original in my opinion.  Of course, I
am not one for prog rock.  But hey, we all know the songs from the
commercials: “come one now, everybody get together….”  The two
new tracks
from the Ring sessions are very strong.  I don’t see why they didn’t
make the
cd.  Anybody have any clues on that?  The two live tracks show the
Connells
strengths.  I do have a question–does anyone have a tape of the entire
show
that the songs are taken from?  I would love to track down a copy, as I
would
imagine some of you folks would as well.

How is the call and write in campaign going?  I have managed to get
them
added to three radio stations in the area.  Anyone else?  I also talked to
people at MTV but I don’t know what to expect with those people.
Remember to
write the powers at MTV–everything helps.

Later,

Art
“it’s you I swear, it’s you I swear
I delight in my (your) despair”
-M Connell (as interpreted by D. MacMillan)

“Yes, I know,
but believe me it gets worse”
-M Connell (Logan Street)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

In this issue:
1.  Tour dates
2.  Winston’s reactions
3.  JLH’s Bio
4.  Bill asks the big Question
5.  Ryan and radio
6.  Decapitation, yes decapitation.
7.  Tom talks to Mike
8.  Dan talks about some shows
9.  Any Info on George? + info on Cracker list
10.  Ryan answers our question!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To: BH
From: JENNIFER LYNN HALTER on Sun, Oct 2, 1994 6:56 PM
Subject: TOUR!

Hey Art!
I was just looking through the newest RS mag and the CONNELLS are
headling the new music tour- (ha- new music?) Anyway- it’s the fall
tour and
here are the dates-
Kent S.U.- Oct.10
U of Toledo-Oct.11
Drexel U.-Oct.13
U of RI- Oct. 14
U of Kentucky- Oct.17
Eastern Kent. U-Oct.18
U of SC (I will hopefully be here!)- Oct.24
U of central Fla.-Oct.26
Auburn U.-Oct.28
Tulane U- Nov.1

That’s  all the info there was in the mag.  I wish they would have said
more about it.  Anyway- again, thanks for the opportunity to read about
other Connells fans-  They are one of the greatest bands ever!!!!
LATER- JENN 🙂
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To: BH
From: Winston Baccus on Tue, Sep 27, 1994 6:12 PM
Subject: New Boy

So, did anyone besides me get the new Connells ep? I like it. The new
songs are really pretty good, and the live versions are nice too. Here’s
a
list of what’s on it:
1. New Boy
2. Logan Street
3. Wonder Why
4. Living in the Past
5. Fun and Games (live)
6. New Boy (live)

Well worth the $10, IMHO

WiNsToN BaCcUs – ThE UnIvErSiTy oF AlAbAmA
wBaCcUs@uA1Ix.uA.eDu
‘It’s not the pace of life that bothers me, it’s that sudden stop at the
end.’
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Winston, I must agree!  I love the two non-lp tracks.  Oops, I guess I
should
say–non-cd tracks.  I encourage everyone to go buy a copy.  Sheesh,
what’s
stopping you.  Forget food, go!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To: BH
From: JENNIFER LYNN HALTER on Thu, Sep 29, 1994 1:43 PM
Subject: my bio!

Hello everybody!  I’m a new subscriber to this list and I have a lot to
say!
I LOVE THE CONNELLS!!!   I moved to North Carolina with my family
about three
years ago and that is when I got into them.  OSW was the first album I
heard
and I liked it a lot.  Now I have every album and I listen to them all the
time.  I can’t pull myself away!  Anyway, I am now a sophmore at the
University of NC at Chapel Hill.  No, I never see Mike or anyone
around, but
I wish!!

I’ve seen them 5 times (3 in the past month!).  All of the shows were
great except one.  I’ll tell you about that in a minute.  But first-
Last year I saw them at Ziggy’s in Winston Salem, NC for the first time
and I fell in love with the band and the music.  I’ve adopted a spot
right in front of Mike Connell.  I’ve ALWAYS been right up front for a
performance.  Anyway, later in the year they came here- to UNC and
played in
Memorial Hall (an auditorium here on campus).  That was the biggest
place
I’ve seen the Connells in, so it didn’t seem as personal as the other
ones,
but they were still wonderful.

Now for the three shows this month. The first one was in Wilmington
NC at the
Mad Monk.  I did not like this show as much as the others.  It wasn’t
because
of the band though, it was because of the drunk people moshing
(violently) to
songs such as 74-75 and Motel.  I was so fed up with them (and almost
injured) that I had to leave my favorite spot- and I’ve been in pits for the
likes of Alice in Chains and the Beastie Boys.  I think the guys were
getting
fed up with people getting hurt and everything.  They didn’t play very
long
😦 ***But last week was one of the most fun week I ever had.  First, on
Wed.
my roomate and I drove to Boone, NC (3 hour drive) to see the
Connells.

We were driving around a couple of hours before the show and we
went by the
club in which they were going to play.  MIKE was standing outside
talking on the phone.  I yelled at my roommate to pull in.  I jumped out
of the car and said “Mike Connell!”  I know I looked stupid, but I
couldn’t help it.  He said “yeah!” Well, then I looked up and saw a sign
that said “ASU ID required! (Appalachian St. U.)  I was about to freak
for fear that we wouldn’t be able to get into the show.  Mike was like-
“well, let’s go see if you’ll be able to get in” and he took us around
back to the inside and asked all these people if we’d be able to get in
and it was all ok!  Mike was sooo nice.  He is one of the friendliest
people I’ve evr met!

OK, so we go to the show and it is really fun!  The opening band was
called Javelin Boot.  They are from Austin Texas and they rock.  I
talked
to the lead guy and he said it was really fun touring with the Connells.
The guys were in great spirits through the whole show.  There were a
bunch of girls screaming at Doug the whole time, it was hilarious!  The
place we were in did not allow moshing, so everyone just jammed.
Mike
recognized us from earlier and he gave me a guitar pick!  I love how
much
energy the band creates- it’s so moving!

Now, that same week on Friday night, We went back to Winston
Salem.  I
had the time of my life!  Dan, the Javelin Boot guy, recognized us and
talked a lot.  Then, Mike recognized us and just laughed because we
were
there again!  After the show, I called over to Mike and asked for the set
list, he gave it to me!

Here it is (happened to be the same as the one on Wed.): 1) Wonder
2) Hey U (as written on the list) 3)Sal 4) Running 5)Dissapointed–one
of my
faves in concert–6) Doin You 7) Burden 🙂 8) Pawns 9) Find Out
10) Inside My Head 11) Over There 12) 74-75 13) New Boy 14) Try
15) Something to say  16) Slackjawed  17) Motel
18) Stone Cold Yesterday
I can only remember one of the four songs they played in the encore–
Fun and
Games 🙂

After the show, I gave the list to this girl (a wife or daughter?) and
she took it to the back for them to sign it.  It is now hanging on my wall!

Well, those are my CONNELLS stories.  I hope I didn’t bore you. Just
leave in
the last two shows!  You are doing an excellent job!  Thanks!
I am interested in Bootlegs- It’s surprisingly hard to get them here in
Chapel Hill.   JENN 🙂

PS: I think Mike Connell is a musical genius-anyone agree with me on
that?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Well, I certainly think that Mike is one heck o’ a musician.  Not to
mention
one hell of a guy. –Art
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To: BH
From: Jonas William A on Tue, Sep 13, 1994 5:37 PM
Subject: Hangin’ out

I work in the University Center at the College of William and Mary in
Williamsburg, VA.  We had occasion to host the Connells back in
January as part of our grand opening festivities.  After 6 years of
wanting to see them live but for various reasons not being able to, I
finally got to hear them play in person.  I must say I was not
disappointed.  Not only was the music good, but it was a genuine
pleasure spending time with the band and getting to know them a
little bit.

Having just breezed through the last several postings, the burning
question seems to be, “Why haven’t the Connells made it big yet?”  I
would asked the same question.  Perhaps they don’t want to buy into
all the BS associated with making it big.  Maybe they’re too nice.
Maybe the record company isn’t doing all it could.  Maybe, maybe,
maybe.  I guess there really isn’t one good answer.

Hanging out with the guys (especially Mike) before and after the show
was a really good time.  It certainly makes hosting a concert for 900
much more enjoyable than just dealing with managers, roadies, sound
and light techs, etc.  Going to the Green Leafe (one of three local
bars) after the show was a nice touch as well, where the guys mixed
with students and townies as though they had always been there.  I
guess the genuineness of the whole event is what made it worthwhile
for me.

I might add that the show coming up in Richmond at the Virginia State
Fair is a free show when you pay admission to the fair itself.  I’m
not sure what the price is to get into the fair.  I’m pretty sure
I’ll be there, though, and would encourage others to try and make it.

Later.
Bill
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

What do you guys think?  Do the Connells not want to make it “big?”
–Art
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To: BH
From: rfischer@VAX.CORD.EDU on Tue, Sep 13, 1994 5:28 PM
Subject: RE: Dates and Release Plan

Art,

Nice to hear from you.  I am anxiously anticipating the availability of
the New Boy EP here in the Fargo-Moorhead area.  I called a local
record
store today (the 13th), and they asked me to try calling back on Friday,
as
they are expecting a shipment to come in at that time.

I like your idea of the calling plan.  Unfortunately, we are stuck with
some pretty lousy radio stations up here.  We only have one station
that
played Slackjawed on light rotation and ’74-’75 on moderate rotation,
and
that station is Q98 (sort of “we-try-to-please-everybody-but-
we-don’t-play-Janet-Jackson” station).  You probably get my drift;
rock, but
no pop or R & B.

But I will not give up hope.  I am going to give Q98 a try, and have a
few friends phone in, as well.  Wish me luck….

When, oh when, will the Connells swing up to the jolly ol’ Upper Mid-
west.  A Minneapolis gig would be nice.  A Fargo gig would be better.  I
think (at least during the school year) that the Fargo-Moorhead area
could
support a Connells concert.  We have two universities and one liberal
arts
college up here, as well as a burgeoning “underground” music scene.
Enough
to fill a venue?  I do not know.

Time to wander to Choir.  Have a lovely week!

Ryan
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

What do people think of the New Boy ep?  We’re waiting…. –Art
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To: BH
From: Mike on Tue, Aug 30, 1994 12:30 AM
Subject: RE: Connells Digest

Hey Art-

For the next digest:  Someone mentioned something about
decapitation in the
last issue and asked what relation this may have to the Connells. Well,
when
I spoke to Mike here in Bloomington a few months ago, we were
talking
literature, and he said he had been reading a book about capital
punishment
and the like while on the tour bus, and mentioned, among other things,
decapitation. Hmmmm. Is his new bride aware of this?

Anyway – I’ll talk to you later on,
Mike
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To: BH
From: Tom W Florian on Fri, Aug 19, 1994 12:31 AM
Subject: Re: Connells Digest

MY NAME IS TOM, I AM 25 YRS. OLD, AND I HAVE ONLY BEEN ON
LINE FOR 2 DAYS,
AND I CANNOT BEGIN TO EXPLAIN HOW EXCITING IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THIS IS THE FIRST REPLY I HAVE RECEIVED ON A SUBSCRIPTION.
I AHVE BEEN THIS
IS THE FIRST REPLY I HAVE RECEIVED ON A SUBSCRIPTION.  I
HAVE BEEN A FAN
SINCE 1985, I HAVE SEEN THEM 7 TIMES, AND HAVE 1 LIVE TAPE
THAT I MADE AT A
CONCERT IN LOUISVILLE, I HAVE AN AUTOGRAPHED FLYER AND A
VIDEO TAPE OF GEORGE
TALKING ABOUT THE PROBLEMS THEY HAVE BEEN HAVING WITH
TVT RECORDS.

I HAVE HAD A CORRESPONDENCE WITH MIKE FOR A COUPLE O
YEARS.  I AM A
SONGWRITER AND THEY HAVE BEEN A BIG INFLUENCE ON MY
MUSIC.  ANYTIME THEY COME
AROUND MY AREA, I ALWAYS GO TO THEIR CONCERTS, AND AM
ALWAYS PUMPED UP AFTER
THEIR SHOWS.  MIKE CALLED ME IN THE SUMMER OF 92, I HAD
JUST GOT HOME FROM
WORK, HE SAID, “HEY TOM, WE JUST GOT IN TOWN, I THOUGHT I
WOULD CALL  AND SEE
IF YOU GUYS WERE COMING TO THE SHOW TONIGHT, I WILL PUT
YOU ON THE
GUEST LIST, IF YOU DON’T HAVE TICKETS” (WE HAD TICKETS
ALREADY, BUT GAVE THEM
TO A FRIEND OF OURS.) IT WAS SOOOOOOOO COOL TO THAT HE
CALLED, I THOUGHT MY
CHAIR WAS GOING TO FALL BACKWARDS!!!!

IT IS NICE TO KNOW THAT CONNELLS FANS CAN GET TOGETHER,
BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU
ARE DOING.  I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO A RESPONSE.
THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

TOM
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

To: BH
From: CAPT. DANIEL J. FLORIAN on Wed, Aug 17, 1994 3:43 PM
Subject: New guy to the list

Hello there fellow fans,

Just wanted to introduce myself (Dan) and relay some Connells stuff:
My favorite albums (in order) are Darker Days, Boylan Heights, and
Ring.
The albums/CDs are good, have some great songs, but just aren’t in
the
same league as those 3 (IMO).

I’ve seen them twice:  once in St Louis and last year in Colorado
Springs.
Last year they had an in-store appearance at a local record store in
the Springs.  I was few hours before the show.  Probably less than 20
fans showed.  I was embarrassed that so few showed up.  On the other
hand I got to talk to the band a lot (Mike was especially nice), take
some pictures, got my CDs signed, both my wife and I got a Ring
T-shirt (one we had the group sign), and got 2 signed Ring posters.
The show was great.  Mike had on a Luna shirt and Doug had on an
Unrest
shirt.

That’s enough babbling.  I’m glad this list is here.  I’m also on a
Costello, Toad, Billy Bragg, and XTC lists.  Favourite band of all time
is The Go-Betweens.

Dan
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To: BH
From: Winston H. Baccus on Thu, Aug 18, 1994 12:48 PM
Subject: Huntley Solo

Any word on a release date for Huntley’s solo album? I e-mailed the
President of TVT records and he never told me. BTW, If any of you
guys are
into Camper Van Beethoven, or Cracker, there’s a new mailing list for
them.
To subscribe, e-mail Majordomo@lists.stanford.edu with subscribe
campervan-etc in the body. David Lowery reads the list and posts
when he
feels like it, and Jonathan Segal also posts updates to the list.

— WiNsToN
“Think I’d stay in Dixie, if I had my choice.”
–Cracker “Sweet Potato”
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

To: BH
From: rfischer@VAX.CORD.EDU on Mon, Aug 15, 1994 7:10 PM
Subject: The educational background of the Connells

Art,

Something for a future issue…. [how about this one?  Sorry…. –Art]

A question was raised in BH (issue nine) pertaining to the educational
back-ground of the Connells.  Here is a rundown–

David        B.A. in studio art/art history, UNC-Chapel Hill (took 5 years)
Mike        B.A., J.D., UNC-Chapel Hill (Mike passed the bar in N.C., but
has
never practiced law)
George        B.S., UNC-Chapel Hill
Doug–Attended ECU, Greenville, NC for a few years, but never
finished
Peele        Attended college (where? I don’t know) for a while, quit

That is all I have for now.  I think the reason why Doug and Peele never
finished college was because they are younger than the others, and
the band
pulled them out of their studies.  One thing you may deduce about
David, Mike
and George, though, is that they are intelligent.  UNC-Chapel Hill is a
prestigious institution with a reputation for accepting a low number of
applicants, while rejecting very many.  (Doug and Peele strike me as
being
intelligent people, too–especially Peele.)

George Connell [Mike and David’s older Brother] gave me the inside
scoop on
all of that.  He told me where Peele attended college for a while, but I
forgot the name of the institution.  But I do specifically remember that
three out of the five of them have college degrees.  George’s B.S.
degree
from Chapel Hill was in some obtuse subject dealing with statistics.

As it has been postulated many times in BH, maybe the Connells are
“too
smart” for the masses.  Hmmmmmm….

Later,
Ryan
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

In the next issue:
Mike and George talk to us!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

// Boylan Heights \\
The Connells Electronic Digest
Volume One, Issue Ten
October 4, 1994
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

** Subscriptions, comments, contributions: **
–]  jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu  [–
** Manager: **
Art Jipson
jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

“Be my Burden….” -M. Connell
“Working in the halls of Shame….” -Uncle Tupelo
“You feel like kissin’, when it seems that half of your face is missin'”
–Richard Thompson
===========================================================
=====================

——————————————————————————–

Boylan Heights Issue #11

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–=–==–==–==–==–
==

// Boylan Heights \\
The Connells Electronic Digest
(c) 1995 Fun and Games Productions
January 18, 1995
Volume One, Issue Eleven
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

** Subscriptions, comments, contributions: **
–]  jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu  [–
** Manager: **
jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

The manager of this digest, Art Jipson, and the school’s facilities
that this list is produced from, Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, are not
responsible for the contents of the following mailing except for that
which
they themselves have originally contributed.
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

Remeber: Send everything to one address.  Your contributions.
Personal
letters to me.  Note that this is not a mail deflector but a digest!
Subscription/removal requests Everything is one address:
jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu We’re waiting to hear from you!
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

The “I Suppose” Page

Hi!  Remember me?  “I am alive, alive I tell you.  Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha
ha!!!” I am back, well…for the most part. I took some time off from the
list to finish my doctoral dissertation.  I know, “Art whad ya thinkin’?”
My
priorites have been strange for some time but at last that hurdle is
done.
Now, who would be interested in the diss as a monograph?  There is
tons of
stuff to talk about.  I have kept in contact with George and it seems that
his record may or may not ever see the light of day.  When last I spoke
to
him (several weeks ago), TVT was not interested in releasing it without
some
re-mixing and re-engineering.

I talked with George at Length when I saw the band in Cleveland and
from what
my lawyer friend and I could figure out–George is in a tough position.
Since the members of Connells signed the record contract as
individuals, TVT
has total option on the record.  Talking to other people, this would
mean
that TVT is the actual “owner” of the record and they can do whatever
they
want with it.  George could try to shop the record to other labels but if
people don’t want to buy out TVT, end of story.  He is remixing (see
below)
and that gives us some hope.

On happier notes, I hope everyone had a great holiday.  I actually got a
x-mas card from the band signed by everyone at black park and the
Connells.
It was a great (yes, I guess I would be considered a nerd, why?) little
suprise for me.  My wife seems to think of me as some kind of strange
slave
to the Connells. She just doesn’t understand.  Although, she once
spilled a
beer on Mike and he didn’t care.  I mean, that’s love.

Well, the ep did ok but not as well as we would have liked.  Apparently
the
new boy vid never saw the “light of day” on Mtv.  The
*&%%*^**(_&%$ bastards!

I am finally near completion with the creation of a listserv to
supplement
this list.  I still want to put together a digest but some of the
technological and bureaucratic impediments to a Connells list are
gone.  We
should be able to get one up and running within a week or so (I would
love to
give a date but, uh…I have hit so many walls, I am sure there are more
hurdles).  The listserv list would allow for instantaneous spreading of
info
and would allow for automatic archives and all of the other listserv
pluses.
I would see this as an addition to what we are doing with the digest.  If
people have strong opinions on this, let me know and we can debate
the issue.

I talked to Sharon at Black Park and she had some news (as of
01-17-95):

1.  The Connells are demoing songs and looking at different
producers for the
next lp.  They will be off the road until it is released.

2.  Apparently George has started to remix his lp. It looks like it may
now
be released.  Lets keep our fingers crossed.

3.  Ring has sold in excess of 120,000 copies.  The New Boy ep has
sold in
excess of 10,000 copies.

4.  The Connells are doing well in Germany.  Yes, Germany–the land of
David
Hasselhoff music loves the Connells.  Ring is #94 on their lp chart and
the
single ’74-’75 is a top 20 hit.  They are going to tour over there.

5.  Black park is going to be getting its own e-mail account at
America-On-Line.  As soon as I know what it is, I will let the list know.

Well, that’s about it.  If anyone has any great new quotes for the end of
the
list, let me know.  I need to change them, they are becoming a little
stale.
Although, I am unsure what purpose they serve…

Happy new year and take care,

Art
“it’s you I swear, it’s you I swear
I delight in my (your) despair”
-M Connell (as interpreted by D MacMillan)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

In this issue:
1.  Anyone have tabs or chords?
2.  Auburn
3.  Jenn Could not go
4.  Minnie Mike Interview
5.  What other lists are available?
6.  Boots?
7.  How I found the Connells
8.  The Big Boy/Connells connection
9.  Connells and Javelin Boot
10. First Connells experience
11. Reflections of Cleveland
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To: BH
From:  Mike
Date:  Oct. 20

Art

Do you or anyone on the list have guitar chords/tabs for any of the
records?
If you don’t, perhaps you could give me the names of someone on the
list you
know who has then, or put out a general request for me in the the next
mailing. I’d appreciate it.  Muchos Gracias!

Mike

ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

To: BH
From:  Winston
Date:  Nov. 1

I got to see the Connells again last Friday night for the umpteenth time.
They were prety good, but seemed just a little tired. It was a part of the
tour that they’re doing for Rolling Stone with Lotion, a pretty good
band,
btw. They played their normal staple of tunes, and did play “Try”, a
personal fave of mine. The next night they played in Tuscaloosa, and
appartently drew a pretty big crowd. Hope they had more energy than
they
did in Auburn.

****************************************** BBBB   AA   MM   MM   AA
* Winston Baccus / University of Alabama * B  B  A  A  M M M M  A  A
* wbaccus1@ua1ix.ua.edu / ROLL TIDE ROLL * BBB   AAAA  M  M  M
AAAA
*  Crimson Tide – #8 in AP Poll – 8-0-0  * B  B  A  A  M     M  A  A
****************************************** BBBB  A  A  M     M  A  A

ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

To: BH
From:  Jenn Halter
Date:  Nov. 3

Hi guys!

The Connells are playing tomorrow night at the Ritz in Raliegh, a big
homecoming, and I CAN’T GO!!!  I’m very upset (I will be in Atlanta).
Anyway, tonight on WRDU 106.1 they were on live.  They said that after
this weekend they will take a couple weeks off then head back up to
New
York for a couple more shows.  “Ring” is being released in Germany
next
week.  “74-75” is becoming pretty popular with the radio stations over
there and in England.

David and Steve were not there, but all the other guys were.  They
played “Doin’ You”, “Living in the Past”, and “Fun and Games”.  They
sounded great.  Doug’s voice is in tip top shape.  The show should be
good.  I think that’s all.  I taped the whole thing- it’s only about 20
min. long, but it is a great 20 min.

Well- that’s all for now!  I’m very pissed that I can’t go to that
concert.  I’ll just listen to a lot of Connells while I’m in Atlanta to
make up for it!
Later-  JENN 🙂
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

To: BH
From:  Brent Daniels
Date:  Nov. 8

I got a chance to interview Mike last Saturday. Unfortunately, my tape
recorder garbled most of it, so I can’t transcribe it. Anyway, here are
the main points.

THe New Boy video may never air. Mike said that he heard TVT had
accepted
it at least for 120 minutes (I guess he meant MTV), but he doubts that it
will see the light of day. I asked if it might be released on a
compilation of videos, and he said that there had been talk of that.

That was the only informative part, really. He talked about TVT some
(actually, I prodded him to dis TVT some).. TVT is in the black with the
Connells for the first time, now (with Ring).. Other labels were talking
to the band about switching over before Ring, but TVT demanded a
price
about 4-5 times their real market value to let them out of their 8 record
contract..That’s the story of the threatened lawsuit (which, obviously,
didn’t work)..

He also said that they would probably switch producers again for the
next
album.

They put on a really good show. The set list was basically the same as
the last one sent to the list.

Brent

ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

To: BH
From:  Dan Florian
Date: Nov. 10

I just read your posting, and got excited by something you said in it.
There is a Billy Bragg list?!*  Please send me info as soon as possible.
I am a huge Bragg fan.
Thanks,
Sully

ps: Anybody know of a Pogues mailing list?

ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

I am curious as well, what other lists are people on?  I am on the
replacements, uncle tupelo, sugar, richard Thompson list.  What lists
would
people recommend?
–Art
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

To: BH
From:  Buckley Winfree
Date:  Nov. 10

Hello I would like to receive information on The Connells. And I’d be
interested in any live tapes if anyone has some. Please send me info.
about
them. My E-mail address is f2425421@oduvm.cc.odu.edu

Thank you,
Buckley
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Buckley, I have several great to good Connells boots.  Send me a note
if you
want more information about them.  –Art
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

To: BH
From:  Spencer Nilsson
Date:  Nov. 10

Although I now live in Nebraska, I only moved here this July.  I used
to live in Virginia, and not to far away from the good ol boathouse in
Norfolk. I managed to get over to the boathouse to see the Connells a
number of times, and I also saw them at Tracks at UVA. I have to say
they are one of the best bands to see live and their music is just
great.  My favorite cd is definitely Boylan Heights. My Fave songs
include Scotty’s Lament, I suppose, and Fun and Games. Now that I
live
in Nebraska I don’t get that many(any so far) opportunities to see them
perform and I am wondering If they ever plan on making it out towards
Lincoln- where i go to school, or Omaha which is my permanent home.
Talk to ya later.

ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

To: BH
From:  Michan Connor
Date: Nov. 16

A friend of mine introduced me to the Connells when we were driving
to Big Boy.  He had a case of tapes, and I noticed in amongst the
various
hardcore releases a copy of “Ring”.  I almost drove off the road when I
heard this album.  It was just so good.  I think that the fact that Kieran
listens to the Connells is a testament to how good it really is.  It’s
music that anyone with a heart and a brain can listen to and really
enjoy,
even if you also like Straight Edge punk music.  I can’t believe that this
band hasn’t become huge (Everyone that borrows my CD has bought
their own
soon after), but I guess that that means I can go to a show without my
telescope.  I missed the Chicago show in late October, only because
of a
chemistry midterm, but I’m waiting for the next one.

By the way, I realize that you’re supposed to slag on the newest
album and praise the old ones, but I can’t imagine the others being
much
better.  Unfortunately, the Connells were a little tough to find out in
central Massachusetts, so I don’t have any means of comparison.

ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

There are lots of origin stories that we have not heard.  Send them in!
–Art
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

To: BH
From:  Buckley Winfree
Date:  Nov. 16

Hey I was wondering if anybody else saw Javelin Boot with The
Connells
when they were on tour. I could of gotten one of their Cd’s for only $10
at
the concert but I didn’t have enough money. Now I’m trying to get one,
but
no music store around here in Norfolk, Va. has even heard of them. If
anyone
has one of their cd’s could they please write back and let me know if
they would copy it for me if I gave them blank tapes. Also does
anybody know
if they are still on tour with The Connells? I new on this list so I don’t
know many people, but if you could please respond back.My name is
Buckley
Winfree and my address is f2425421@oduvm.cc.odu.edu

Thanks

ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

To: BH
From:  Matthew Trokenheim
Date: Nov. 19

Hello Art and fellow Connells fans. I just joined the list recently and
am very excited about hearing from all of these new people who love
the
Connells.  I have never really known other’s who were available for
dialogue on the subject.

I’m a senior at Columbia University in NYC.  I first heard the Connells
when I was about fifteen years old and my oldest brother gave me
Boylan
Heights to listen to.  I think Over There was getting airplay at the
time.  I was captivated!  I’m not sure if Boylan Heights or Fun and
Games
is my favorite album, but these days Ring just might be eclipsing both
of
them.  Its so beautiful.  I’ve seen them four times and tonight
(11/19/94) will be my fifth.  The first time they opened up for the
Replacements on the One Simple Word tour.  The best show was at
Maxwells,
a really small venue in Hoboken, NJ.  I was right up front.  Doug’s
dancing around had dislogded his set list from the floor in front of him,
so I was holding down the corner so he could see what he was
supposed to
be singing next.  The most recent show, last year some time, had
moshing
problems.  I was extremely angry as were many fans.  Several fights
almost started; not a pretty sight.

I wasn’t even aware that there was an ep coming out until I recieved
issue number nine of this mailing.  Do they have any releases other
than
the full length albums and the Darker Days ep?

Hey Dan – I hear you like the GoBetweens.  Are you also a fan of the
Church and the Mclennan/Kilbey side project Jack Frost.

Thanks For Being A List!

—–Matt——
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

To:  BH
From:  Art
Date: January 16

these are just some thoughts of the last show that I saw.  I saw the
Connells
in Cleveland.  It was homecoming.  I must have sat in the car for 30
minutes
just trying to get to the club.  It was annoying but I kept saying…”it will
be a great show!”  It was.  Although a number of noticable songs were
absent
(they did not do Scotty’s and several of the older Boylan Heights stuff)
the
performance was solid and joyful.  I mean, I hate to go to a show and
the
band is like, (try speaking in some high pitched english accent: “Our
music
is painful, it is not something to enjoy!!”  The Connells clearly love to
play and the Music hall was a great venue.  Nice accoustics, good
visibility,
great band.

Lotion opened.  I think that the lead singer sounds remarkably like Bob
Mould. The single and video, he sounds just like the man. It’s just an
opinion, so don’t flame me or anything–I don’t say it as a way to diss
Bob
or anything.  They were quite good.  I bought the lp and it’s ok.  It
hasn’t
grown on me like some other purchases I made at that time.

While Lotion finished I talked to George.  Man, the guy has headaches
with
his label (as I alluded to at the beginning of the digest).  From what he
said TVT considers helping the Connells to “break” is their challenge.
Good,
from my vantage point.  I want the Connells to be able to pay their bills.
It seems that when a band finally gets to the point where they receive
some
recognition and compensation that everyone yells, “sell out, sell out!”
Take
the del Fuegos for example, they wanted to pay some bills so they do
a beer
commercial.  Sure, the corporate boogyman (or woman) is dangerous
but how
long can you play bars and not be able to pay your family’s bills and
like
it?

The Connells were great.  High energy, Doug loved the crowd.  They
stayed
mostly with stuff from RING and some songs from WORD.  Played
almost all of
the EP.  It was a great night.  Also, at the end of the show while some
of us
were waiting to talk to the band (and avoiding the gestapo security), I
met
the guy who took the picture of the figure that adorns the new boy ep
cover.
He was a neat guy.  Apparently his agency sends out the pictures and
hopes
someone bites.  He was a Connells fan, so that made it all the better.
The
figure actually is so small that he had it in his wallet.

Well, that’s it for now.

Art
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

// Boylan Heights \\
The Connells Electronic Digest
Volume One, Issue Eleven
January 15, 1995
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==
–==

** Subscriptions, comments, contributions: **
–]  jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu  [–
** Manager: **
Art Jipson
jipson_art@msmail.muohio.edu
–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==–==

“Watch an eyeball, take a free fall, off the counter’s ledge.” – Buffalo
Tom
“Be my Burden….” -M. Connell
“Working in the halls of Shame….” -Uncle Tupelo

——————————————————————————–

Please send questions, comments, and additions to us at onesimpleband@gmail.com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s