This week, 20 years have passed since The Connells peaked at No.1 with ‘’74-’75’ on the Swedish singles chart. Despite being an American band (hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina), ‘’74-’75’ never broke in the US upon its release in 1993. Not really sure how it became a hit in Europe two years later – it topped the charts in Sweden and in Norway.
A music video was shot by Mark Pellington at the Needham B. Broughton High School in the group’s home town. The track was issued twice in the UK, peaking at No.14 in 1995 and No.21 in 1996.
In Sweden, The Connells succeeded La Bouche’s ‘Be My Lover’ while Take That’s ‘Back for Good’ preceded in Norway. The latter country totally fell in love with the single, allowing to top the charts for no less than 9 weeks! In Sweden, Jan Johansen’s Eurovision Song Contest entry ‘Se på mig’ knocked it off the spot after only one week.
The Connells toured Europe with Def Leppard upon this newfound success. ‘’74-’75’ was also featured in the James Mangold-directed movie Heavy from 1995, starring Liv Tyler and Deborah Harry.