The Connells were a rock group formed in Raleigh, North Carolina by David Connell (bass), his brother Mike Connell (guitar), Doug MacMillan (vocals) and John Shultz (drums), who was soon replaced by former Johnny Quest percussionist Peele Wimberley. In 1990 they added Steve Potak (keyboards) to their line up.
This acoustic ballad became an unexpected smash hit in Europe, topping the pop charts in many countries across the continent including Germany, Norway and Sweden. In the UK it became a hit in 1995 but it failed to chart in the US, though another track from their Ring album, "Slackjawed" reached #9 in the American Modern Rock Tracks chart.
In 1995, this was featured in the James Mangold film Heavy.
Suggestion credit: Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 3
Tom from Appleton, WiBack in like '87 or '88 a buddy asked if I wanted to go to a show at First Ave (Mpls) for free - he knew a roadie with the Connells and they were opening for Jerry Harrison that night. He was on the guest list. Since none of us had any cash, we needed to write a check (drawn on a bank in Washington DC) and the bar took it (for $20 over so we could keep drinking). Only in the friendly midwest... I later heard this song on the Cities' 97 (also Mpls)
Finn from Cincinnati, Oh9/20/2010 - Pam, The Connells do still exist. They may have had a couple of their original members leave the band, but The Connells have never "broken-up". You can check them out on the web at www.theconnells.com. I highly recommend you listen to the other songs on "Ring" (the album that 74-75 came from-- they're fantastic, if not better.
Pam from Port Louis, MauritiusI really love that song, and was sad when heard that the group no longer exist
Benjamin from Amsterdam, NetherlandsGreat song, but the lyrics are still puzzling.
Mario from Magdeburg, GermanyOne of the Connell brothers finished school in 1974/1975, maybe both of them. So they wrote this song about the reunion of the class of 1974/1975.
There was a rumor in the Soviet Union that The Beatles had secretly visited the U.S.S.R. and given a private concert for the children of top Communist party members. They believed the song "Back In The U.S.S.R." was written because of the concert. Actually, some fans still believe so.