Connection (Elastica song)

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Elastica Connection.jpg
Single by Elastica
from the album Elastica
B-side"See That Animal"
Released10 October 1994
Songwriter(s)Justine Frischmann
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 debuted and peaked at number 17 on the UK Singles Chart and became one of the few Britpop songs to gain popularity in North America, reaching number 53 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number two on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, and number nine on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart.

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 also appears in the 2019 Marvel Cinematic Universe film, ‘’Captain Marvel’’, which is set in the mid-1990s.

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

Track listing[edit]

UK CD & 12" single

  1. "Connection"
  2. "See That Animal"
  3. "Blue" (Donna's 4-Track Demo)
  4. "Spastica"

EU & AUS CD single

  1. "Connection"
  2. "Rockunroll" (Peel Session)
  3. "Annie" (Peel Session)
  4. "See That Animal"



  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. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 2 Jul 1995". (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 30 May 2017. N.B. The HP column displays the highest peak reached.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 9224." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 9238." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  7. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "Elastica Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Elastica Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Elastica Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Elastica Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1995". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 8 April 2018.

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