Song of the Day, January 6: New Boy by the Connells

ConnellsNewBoyToday’s song is New Boy by the Connells. In 1993, the band remained poised on the frustrating brink of success. After a couple of well-received albums that got some college airplay and some wrangling with their label, TVT, they released their fifth disc, the charming Ring. The title is a good fit, given the chiming guitars that anchor the band’s sound. The disc’s first single, Slackjawed, was an alt-pop gem and broke the band big in Europe. The follow-up, New Boy, wasn’t a smash, but it is one of the group’s finest moments.

It’s a disarmingly bittersweet song, even for a group that has mastered such tunes. Nostalgic, aching, wistful, and tinged with just enough hope, it pleads the case of everyone who has ever been the fresh-faced outsider.

Enjoy this lovely song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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