Something I realized as I started to watch this video is that despite hearing this song just shy of a million times, I have never seen the video. Maybe not so surprising considering that Elastica’s self-titled debut came out in 1995, when I was in university with no access to cable TV let alone MuchMusic.
Anyways, “Connection” was the third single from Elastica but the one that became their signature song as well one of a few from the record that got the band sued; an out-of-court settlement got Wire songwriting credits on it and “2:1”. But to assume that there’s no hard feelings… well in an interview with Noisey in 2008, he recounted the settlement like:
Around 1995, I was really into drum and bass. Couldn’t give a fuck about Britpop. One day, a friend rang me up and told me: “You will never believe what I saw on Top of the Pops,” talking about Justine Frischmann. Then NME called me and asked me how I felt about it all. She had told them she asked permission to use the song and that we had agreed. I just answered: “As long as I’m getting paid, I don’t care.” Never spoke to the girl.– Colin Newman, There’s Something Going On That’s Not Quite Right @ Noisey via Vice
And he’s got more to say that I’m not going to repeat here. Anyways, not bygones.
Update: I was just reminded that there was another video – presumably for North America – that I DID see a load of times. Not that I remembered, I guess. So… yeah.