Connected (Stereo MCs song)

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"Connected"
Single by Stereo MCs
from the album Connected
B-side "Disconnected", "Fever"
Released September 1992 (United Kingdom), March 1993 (United States)
Format CD single, CD maxi
7" single, 12" maxi, cassette single
Recorded 1992
Genre Dance, acid jazz
Length 3:59
Label Gee Street, Island
Writer(s) Harry Wayne Casey, Richard Finch, Nick Hallam, Rob Birch
Producer(s) Stereo MCs
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"Connected" was the title track and first single from the Stereo MCs third studio album released in 1992. It reached no. 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and climbed to no. 18 on the UK Singles Chart. The song appeared in the movie Hackers, starring Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller. Rob Lowe personally chose the song to be the theme to his 2004 program Dr. Vegas. It also appears in the movie, Saving Silverman. It was also used in commercials promoting the USA Network's program Burn Notice and by the Carphone Warehouse.[1]

The song samples the disco classic "(Let Me) Let Me Be Your Lover" by Jimmy "Bo" Horne[2] as well as containing a vocals sample from the Third World single "Now That We Found Love".[3]

"I remember performing the track in late 1992," vocalist Rob Birch told Q. "The Brixton Academy was just around the corner from our neighbourhood in London, near where we recorded the album. We were supporting the Happy Mondays for their UK tour and at that venue it was just amazing. The Connected album had only been out for a while, and we thought people were just starting to get into it. When we came on to the intro of the track, the whole audience was singing along to the tune and there was just an amazing vibe and energy. Everyone connected, basically."[4]

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi – Germany, UK
  1. "Connected" (edit) — 4:05
  2. "Connected" (full length) — 5:16
  3. "Disconnected" — 6:06
  4. "Fever" — 3:15
7" single
  1. "Connected" (edit) — 3:59
  2. "Fever" — 3:15
12" maxi – Germany, UK
  1. "Connected" (full length) — 5:12
  2. "Connected" (reprise) — 1:43
  3. "Disconnected" — 6:04
  4. "Fever" — 3:15
12" maxi – Promo – France
  1. "Connected" (Future Sound of London mix) — 6:19
  2. "Disconnected" — 6:04
US promo cassette
Side A
  1. "Connected" (edit)
Side B
  1. "Step It Up"
  2. "Don't Let Up"
  3. "Ground Level"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992–1993) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 47
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 19
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[8] 14
Canada (RPM 100 Hit Tracks)[9] 32
Canada (RPM Dance)[10] 7
France (SNEP)[11] 27
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12] 54
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 24
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 20
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[17] 26
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[17] 5
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[17] 38
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[17] 11
US Cash Box[18] 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (25 July 2008). "Pop review: Stereo MCs, Double Bubble". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 13 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Stereo MC's's Connected sample of Jimmy "Bo" Horne's Let Me (Let Me Be Your Lover)". WhoSampled. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Stereo MC's's Connected sample of Third World's Now That We Found Love". WhoSampled. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Q, May 2001
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Stereo MC's – Connected". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Stereo MC's – Connected – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Stereo MC's – Connected" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  8. ^ (Dutch) "Connected – STEREO MC'S". Top 30. Retrieved 5 June 2014. "Hoogste notering in de top 30 : 14" 
  9. ^ "Dance/Urban – Volume 57, No. 23, June 19 1993". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Dance/Urban – Volume 57, No. 10, March 20 1993". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – Stereo MC's – Connected" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Stereo MC's – Connected" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Stereo MC's – Connected". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Stereo MC's – Connected". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Stereo MC's – Connected – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  16. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  17. ^ a b c d e "Stereo MC's – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  18. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Pop Singles – Week ending MAY 29, 1993 at the Wayback Machine (archived 10 October 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 5 June 2014.