Born in Manchester, England, Connell played in the Manchester post-punk band The Immediates, before joining new wave funk pioneers, A Certain Ratio. He was also a member of the Manchester-based jazz/pop band Kalima who were signed to Factory Records, whilst he was also a member of A Certain Ratio. A few years later he teamed up with former Magazine drummer Martin Jackson and Greg Wilson (DJ), and they released an inventive electronic album called UK Electro in 1984.
Swing Out Sister began in earnest in 1985, when Connell and Jackson teamed up with Corinne Drewery. Since the band's establishment, he has been the main composer and arranger for Swing Out Sister's music, including the UK and US top ten hit, "Breakout".
Apart from his work with Swing Out Sister, Connell has produced and arranged music for other artists, and recently he wrote the musical score for a short film called The Knickerman, directed by Sonja Phillips. He also contributed to Quando Quango's album, Pigs & Battleships..
Most recently, Connell and Drewery have been promoting their latest album, Beautiful Mess.
An avid Manchester City fan, Connell is an occasional contributor to 'The Man City Show' Podcast alongside Nigel Rothband and Rob Behrens.
Connell performing in Miami Beach, Florida, United States
|Birth name||Andrew John Connell|
|Born||26 July 1961|
|Occupation(s)||Keyboardist, composer, arranger|
|Associated acts||Swing Out Sister, A Certain Ratio, The Immediates, Kalima|
Almost Persuaded is the tenth studio album released by jazz/pop duo Swing Out Sister. It was produced by band member Andy Connell. It is the culmination of "Moveable Feast", a PledgeMusic project that had been running for several years. In 2015, the band had released Rushes, an in-progress version of the album. Almost Persuaded was released via direct MP3 download in November 2017 and then via autographed CD to those had pledged to the project in December 2017. The album was released on 22 June 2018.A CD version of the album without vocals was available at the band's gig at Islington Assembly Hall on 13th November 2018.Beautiful Mess (Swing Out Sister album)
Beautiful Mess is the title of the ninth studio album by the British pop group Swing Out Sister. It was produced by group member Andy Connell, who has been with Swing Out Sister since its inception.Best of Swing Out Sister
Best of is a 1996 retrospective compilation album by Swing Out Sister, containing their successful singles spanning the years 1986 through 1996. It is their first compilation album—and last Fontana Records album.Blue Mood (Swing Out Sister song)
Blue Mood is the debut single by British band Swing Out Sister. It was released in 1985, but it didn't chart. It appears on the first album, It's Better to Travel.Breakout (Swing Out Sister song)
"Breakout" is a single from British act Swing Out Sister's debut album It's Better to Travel.
The single reached the number four position in the UK in the autumn of 1986, and rose to number six on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and number one on the Adult Contemporary in the US in 1987. The song also resulted in a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.
The single was written and performed while the group was still a trio. It was one of their biggest hits, and the song most closely associated with the act. In the US, "Breakout" remains a staple of adult contemporary and smooth jazz radio station playlists.Fooled by a Smile
"Fooled by a Smile" is a 1987 song by the British pop act Swing Out Sister. It was the final single to be taken from their debut album It's Better To Travel and reached #43 on the UK Singles Chart in July of that year.It would be the final single that drummer Martin Jackson would appear on in the writing credits and in the music video. Consequently, Swing Out Sister became a duo after this single.Get in Touch with Yourself
Get in Touch with Yourself is the third studio album by the British pop group Swing Out Sister. The album was released on Fontana Records in 1992 and was produced by Paul Staveley O'Duffy.Kaleidoscope World (Swing Out Sister album)
Kaleidoscope World is the second studio album by the British band Swing Out Sister. It was released in 1989 and features the singles "You on My Mind" (UK #28), "Where in the World?" (UK #47), "Forever Blue" (UK #80), and "Waiting Game". With the addition of an orchestra, this album features a more sophisticated, easy listening/retro sound than their previous synth-oriented debut album, 1987's It's Better to Travel. The album reached #9 on the UK Albums Chart.Kalima (band)
Kalima was a Manchester-based Factory Records band who ran from 1980 to 1991 and a reformation in 2001, playing in a funk, Latin and jazz style.Notgonnachange
"Notgonnachange" is a 1992 song by Swing Out Sister. It was released as the follow-up single to "Am I the Same Girl". It reached #49 in the UK Singles Chart and #22 on the U.S. Billboard adult contemporary chart. This song was subsequently remixed by Frankie Knuckles, and the dance mix of "Notgonnachange" peaked at #21 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart during the summer of 1992.In line with the album theme, Corinne Drewery also grew out her hair from her trademark bob which had become a visual signature for their early years.Now You're Not Here
"Now You're Not Here" is a song from Swing Out Sister's fifth album Shapes and Patterns, was used as the theme to the Japanese TV programme "Mahiru No Tsuki", and received a Japanese 'Grand Prix' (the equivalent of a Grammy Award) for best international single in 1997. Aside from the lead track, all mixes on The Big Elsewhere EP were instrumental, and were especially recorded for this release.Shapes and Patterns
Shapes and Patterns is a 1997 album by the British pop group Swing Out Sister. It was first released in Japan in March 1997, and then in Europe and USA the year after. Producer Paul Staveley O'Duffy, who co-wrote half of the songs, was back at the helm. As an orchestra was once again employed (led by Gavyn Wright), the lush arrangements characteristic of Kaleidoscope World resurfaced. The album features the track "Now You're Not Here" which was used as the theme to the Japanese programme Mahiru No Tsuki, as well as a reworked version of "Better Make It Better" which had featured on their previous studio album, The Living Return.
This album would also mark the beginning of the group's collaborations with Japanese musicians in their studio sessions.
The liner notes, written by composer/singer-songwriter Mary Edwards, point out the influences of Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb, and John Barry are perceptible in the string arrangements and Latin rhythms, as well as Minnie Riperton, Rotary Connection and The 5th Dimension. Mercury Records distributed Shapes and Patterns in the United States. In an interview with Paul Sexton of Billboard magazine, a marketing executive from Mercury described the challenge associated with promoting the album in the U.S. due to the evolution of the group's music: "When you have a band like Swing Out Sister, you'd have a tough time pinpointing their sound. It's pop, it's urban, it's adult, it's jazz. Europe and Japan don't adhere to those rules as much as America does. It crosses over so many lines, and that's where Swing Out's strength is."Somewhere Deep in the Night
Somewhere Deep in the Night is the seventh studio album by the British pop group Swing Out Sister. Produced by longtime collaborator Paul Staveley O'Duffy, the album was first released in Japan in 2001, with a European and American release the following year.Surrender (Swing Out Sister song)
"Surrender" is a 1987 single released by British pop act Swing Out Sister from their debut album, It's Better to Travel. It was issued as the follow-up to the successful single, "Breakout". The song peaked at #7 on the UK Singles Chart in January 1987 and logged four weeks in the top ten.Over a year after its initial release, remixes of "Surrender" reached the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, peaking at #22 in May 1988.The song features a trumpet solo performed by John Thirkell and features Drewery laughing at the beginning of the song.Swing Out Sister
Swing Out Sister are an English pop group best known worldwide for the 1986 song "Breakout". Other hits include "Surrender", "Twilight World", "Waiting Game" and a remake of the Eugene Record soul composition "Am I the Same Girl?"The Immediates
The Immediates was a Manchester post-punk band, performing and recording between 1978 and 1982. The main members were Mike Dunne, Franny Dunne, Andy Connell and Phil Tomlinson with Jane Lancaster sometimes fronting the band live. They were members of the Manchester Musicians' Collective which also included Joy Division, A Certain Ratio and The Frantic Elevators but The Immediates had a sound more influenced by The Ramones, XTC, Talking Heads and Elvis Costello. The first Immediates single, "Do the Don't" c/w "This is a Window", on Central Sound, received airplay from John Peel and Janice Long and was performed live on the Granada TV show, Exchange Flags. The second single, "Can Anybody Tell Me..?" c/w "Forever" was championed by Terry Christian on his BBC Radio Derby show, "Barbed Wireless".
When The Immediates split in 1982, Andy Connell joined A Certain Ratio (and later created Swing Out Sister with Corinne Drewery and Martin Jackson). Jane Lancaster released "It's a Fine Day" with Edward Barton on Cherry Red Records in 1983. (In 1992 a version was released by Opus III in an early example of a mashup and became a major international hit.) The brothers Dunne signed to MCA Records as The Dunn Thing and cut two singles, "Sticking to My Guns" c/w "Make Your Mind Up" and "Ain't Nothin' But a House Party" c/w "You've Got My Number". "Sticking to My Guns" has since become something of a collector's item, changing hands for anything up to $200 per copy.In 1997, Frank Dunne executive produced the album Now and In Time to Be (Grapevine), a compilation of W.B. Yeats poems made into songs by artists such as Van Morrison, The Cranberries, World Party, The Waterboys, Christy Moore and Shane MacGowan. He is currently an Italian football correspondent for The Independent newspaper.Twilight World
"Twilight World" is a song by the British pop act Swing Out Sister. The song is included on their debut album, It's Better to Travel. It was written by the members of the group at that time, Andy Connell, Corinne Drewery and Martin Jackson.
The song was released as a single in the UK on 12th April 1987, and it peaked at #32 on the UK Singles Chart in May of that year. "Twilight World" was the second release from It's Better to Travel in the U.S., following "Breakout", and it first appeared on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in December 1987. It became the group's highest charting hit on that survey, reaching #9 in early 1988. The song also made the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #31 during February 1988.This song was remixed a number of times, and the album version is in fact a remix entitled "Superb, Superb mix" (6:27). A bonus remix on the CD is also included (6:09).Where Our Love Grows
Where Our Love Grows is the eighth studio album by the British group Swing Out Sister. The album was released in 2004 and was produced by Paul Staveley O'Duffy.
On this album, group members Andy Connell and Corinne Drewery continued in their customary roles, with Drewery on lead and backing vocals and Connell providing instruments including piano, organ, vibraphone, Fender bass, keyboards and synthesizers. Other contributing musicians include Tim Cansfield and Matt Backer on guitars, Nigel Hitchcock on saxophone and Luís Jardim on percussion. Other backing vocals were sung by Connell, O'Duffy, Gina Foster and Gersende Giorgio.You on My Mind
"You on My Mind" is a song by the British pop group Swing Out Sister. It was the lead-off single from the group's second album, Kaleidoscope World. It featured a more sophisticated blend of musical components. The extended version begins with the quote "Why don't you just relax and have your orange juice and shut up, Delgetti?" by Steve McQueen, which was featured in the film Bullitt.