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T Connection
 

 

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Click below for a sample of  T Connection:

At Midnight

On Fire

 

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T-Connection was the funkiest group on the TK family of labels.  Fronted by Theophilus Coakley (keyboards, vocals), the Bahamian act had become popular in their home country and throughout the Caribbean when they received stateside attention after "Do What You Wanna Do" busted onto the disco scene in 1976.  A celebration of the self-consumed aesthetic so prevalent in the Me Decade, it was the percussion-filled breakdown that ensured the song was a hit.  The song was also one of the first commercially available 12 inch singles.  They followed that with burners "On Fire," "Saturday Night," "At Midnight," and "Groove to Get Down," all of which received substantial play in clubs.  "Midnight" in particular is well-loved for its break on the 12 inch version, and was featured on the TK remix album that surfaced in the mid 1990s.  "Groove" contains yet another famous break that was discovered by hip hop DJs as a B-Boy motivator.  Bassist Monte Brown contributed to another B-Boy dance classic by playing on "Genius of Love" by Tom Tom Club.

Despite their association with disco, they were also capable of compelling ballads and soul numbers, traits that were further emphasized when they switched to the Capitol label in the 1980s. There they scored with "Right Place Wrong Time."  Following the release of Take It To the Limit in 1984, they disbanded, giving them a near decade of success at a time when many acts flickered out after one hit.

T Connection's Deepest Grooves

Magic (Dash, 1976)
"Disco Magic" is the sleeper on this album.

On Fire (Dash, 1977)

T Connection (Dash, 1978)
Contains one of their tuffest funk numbers in "Funkannection," complete with a Bootsy-inspired vocal plus the hits "Saturday Night" and "At Midnight."

Totally Connected (Dash, 1979)
More funk throwdowns in "That's Love" and "Born to Boogie."  At this point they were possibly trying to position themselves away from the disco market in anticipation of the Great Disco Crash of 1979.

Everything Is Cool (Capitol, 1981)

Pure and Natural (Capitol, 1982)

Game of Life (Capitol, 1983)

Take It To The Limit (Capitol, 1984)

These four records feature T Connection's life as a soul band as opposed to dance entity.  Electro grooves courtesy of "Girl Watching" and "Groove City" compete with ballads like "Give Me Your Love" and "Heaven In Your Eyes" for attention.

Best Of (Hot, 1995)

Everything Is Still Cool: Best Of (Capitol, 1997)

How much you like these compilations depends on which side of the band fits your fancy: the disco classics or more sophisticated soul band.  The Hot collection draws solely on the TK material and naturally contains their most popular cuts.  The Capitol has only the 1980s grooves which are solid but not as deep as the older stuff

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