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New Boy

The Connells

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This EP contains live and studio versions of "New Boy," a bittersweet tune from 1994's Ring album, delivered in the veteran group's typically winsome manner. (Sample lyric: Sometimes I get the feeling things won't fall apart/sometimes I get the feeling things seem pretty nice/then again sometimes I'd like to leave you twice.) There are also a couple of unreleased studio tracks, "Logan Street" and "Wonder Why," which are as strong as anything on Ring (and not much different sounding). The real surprise here is a version of Jethro Tull's "Living in the Past," which, oddly enough, seems well suited to the North Carolina band's brand of pop/rock.

Biography

Formed: 1984 in Raleigh, NC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Raleigh, North Carolina-based jangle pop outfit the Connells formed in the spring of 1984. Fronted by guitarist Mike Connell and his brother, bassist David, the first incarnation of the group also featured vocalist Doug McMillan and drummer John Schultz, who was soon replaced by former Johnny Quest percussionist Peele Wimberley. In late 1984, the quartet recorded a four-song demo. After one of the tracks, "Darker Days," was selected to appear on the North Carolina compilation More...
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