Video for ‘Hats Off’

Darker DaysOne of the stellar tracks from The Connells’ first record ‘Darker Days’. Right out of the gate with their debut album, the band demonstrated their tight arrangements, distinctive guitar sound, thoughtful lyrics and driving rhythm. The band initially released the record in 1985 on their own independent label known as Black Park Records.

Connellsdarkerdays_ukDarker Days was also released by the Elvis Costello and partner’s Demon Records in the UK. At the time, Demon Records was known for several original new wave records since its founding in 1980.  As many have noted, the US version on Black Park and the UK version on Demon Records are quite different due to changes in cover art, song order and the substitution of “In My Head” for the instrumental “Dial It.”

The Black Park version of the album was re-released in 1987 on the band’s long time label, TVT Records as part of an effort to introduce the band’s earliest songs to a broader audience. It is important to note that many of the arrangements on Darker Days would lay the ground work for the band’s significant ‘Boylan Heights’ as we can hear with ‘Hats Off.’


Stone Cold Yesterday: The Best of The Connells


On September 9th, 2016 – The Connells will release their long awaited and first-ever Best Of collection of songs from throughout their long career!

The collection includes many favorites and popular songs from albums such as Boylan Heights, Fun & Games, One Simple Word, Ring, Weird Food & Devastation, Still Life, and the New Boy EP.  The collection includes some of their most loved songs and fan favorites such as the international smash ’74-’75 from Ring.  The collection also includes deep cuts such as Something to Say, Slackjawed (which the band performed on Conan O’Brien), Uninspired, and Just Like That from Weird Food & Devastation.

From The Bicycle Music Press Release announcing this collection:



Set’s 16 indie-rock gems from the classic Connells era, 1987-1998, include debut radio single “Stone Cold Yesterday” and the worldwide hit “’74-’75”

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — On September 9, 2017, The Bicycle Music Company/Concord Music Group will release Stone Cold Yesterday: Best of the Connells, the pioneering Southern indie-rock band’s first-ever greatest hits package, collecting 16 college radio and modern-rock singles from 1987 to 1998, including their first breakthrough radio hit, “Stone Cold Yesterday,” and the influential worldwide phenomenon “’74-75.”

The Connells’ run of albums include Boylan Heights, Fun & Games, One Simple Word, Ring, New Boy, Weird Food & Devastation, and Still Life, with producers ranging from Mitch Easter (R.E.M./Let’s Active) and Hugh Jones (Simple Minds) and Lou Giordano (Bob Mould) to Tim Harper (Whiskeytown) and Jim Scott (Wilco).

The Raleigh, N.C.-based Connells have quietly built a fan base following their 1984 inception, cementing their status as a perennial college radio-era band that influenced an alternative-rock generation.

In the ’90s, the Connells finally broke through to international success with their second single, “’74-’75,” from their fifth album, Ring, reaching #1 across Europe and certified Gold in Germany, Norway and Sweden. Thirty-plus years later, the band continues to tour and record, with a new generation discovering them.

Current members include Mike Connell, David Connell, Doug MacMillan, Steve Potak, Mike Ayers, Rob Ladd and Joel Rhodes.

According to Doug MacMillan, “When The Connells first learned that The Bicycle Music Company would be acquiring our catalog, we were absolutely thrilled. Now we eagerly await the Best Of… release and the shows we’ll be playing to help get the word out!”

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