Connection (Elastica song)

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Elastica Connection.jpg
Single by Elastica
from the album Elastica
Released 10 October 1994
Format CD single, cassette, 7"
Recorded 1994
Genre Britpop, alternative rock
Length 2:21
Label Deceptive Records
Writer(s) Justine Frischmann
Producer(s) Elastica
Elastica singles chronology
"Line Up"
"Waking Up"

"Connection" is a song released by the Britpop group Elastica. It was originally released in 1994 as a single and the album version was not released until 1995 on their self-titled debut.

The song was the subject of controversy, due to its overt similarity to another band's work. The intro synthesizer part (later repeated as a guitar figure) is lifted from the guitar riff in Wire's "Three Girl Rhumba" and transposed down a semitone. A judgment resulted in an out-of-court settlement and the credits were rewritten.[1]

Jonathan Perry writing for The Phoenix noted the similarities to Wire. He included the song in a list of the 90 best songs of the 90s, writing: "'Connection,' Elastica's obsessively catchy stateside breakthrough, nicked its signature opening riff from Wire's 'Three Girl Rhumba' -- an overzealous (and uncredited) 'homage' that proved that though imitation may indeed be the highest form of flattery, it can also cost in publishing royalties. Great song, though."[2]

The song is the theme to the UK television programme Trigger Happy TV. A live version of the song was featured on the MuchMusic live compilation album, Much at Edgefest '99.

The song was covered by Elastica's label-mates Collapsed Lung and released as a seven-inch vinyl single in 1995.[3]


Chart (1994–95) Peak
Australia (ARIA) 71 [4]
UK Singles Chart 17 [5]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 53 [6]
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 40
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 2 [6]


  1. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides Ltd. p. 332. ISBN 1-85828-457-0. 
  2. ^ Perry, Jonathan (30 December 1999). ""Connection" Elastica". The Phoenix. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Collapsed Lung – Connection". Discogs. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  5. ^ "Artist Chart History: Elastica". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Connection - Elastica". Billboard. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 

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