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One Hit Wondering – Stereo MC’s

One Hit Wondering is a series of columns where I listen to the album of a one hit wonder, and find three songs, other than the hit, that people should hear.   In the fall of 1992 we were all feeling “Connected” to a truly unique song by the British hip-hop group Stereo MC’s. “Connected” was a mixture of hip-hop, acid jazz, and trip-hop, and it peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the foursome of Rob Birch (vocalist/songwriter), Nick Hallam (DJ/producer), Owen If (drums), and Cath Coffey (backing vocals). What, you may ask, made everyone connect with this tune? In a 2023 interview with The Guardian , Birch noted, “It had the hypnotic quality of dance music, the attitude of hip-hop, and its vocals were unplaceable.” Interestingly, while this was the first time many of us heard Stereo MC’s, the group was on the U.S. charts two years prior with their 1990 song “Elevate My Mind,” which made Billboard chart history … twice! “Elevate My Mind” was the first British hip-hop single to rea

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