Twinn Connexion in the News!
Twinn Connexion Interview - Blitz Magazine
In recent months, the Twinn Connexion's Jerry and Jay Hopkins have been the beneficiaries of a marked increase in media attention as a result of the Now Sounds label's deluxe CD reissue of their acclaimed October 1968 debut album for Decca...
October 18, 2010
New Twinn Connexion mini LP released
My friend Jerry Hopkins recently sent me a copy of the album that he recently released on Korean music label Big Pink Music. The album, Songs from the Heart, features songs that Jerry recorded in the late 1960s with his late twin brother Jay when they performed as the singing duo Twinn Connexion.
September 15, 2010
Deeper Dish with Twinn Connexion's Jerry Hopkins
You're probably not familiar with Jerry Hopkins or Twinn Connexion. I wasn't either until about a month ago when I read an online interview with Jerry. And after learning of his fascinating but short-lived time in the public spotlight, I thought to myself, "Here's a guy who perfectly represents what Deep Dish is all about - groovy, gay and pop culture...
July 22, 2010
New and Notable: Jedward
A wonderful thing about writing a blog like this is meeting interesting people who I would otherwise never have encountered. One of those people is Jerry Hopkins, who was a member of the 1960s identical twin singing duo Twinn Connexion...
July 8, 2010
Twinn Connexion -- They Shared Both a Womb AND a Taste for 'Sunshine Pop'
The annals of pop are littered with millions of cool acts and songs that never found the audience they deserved. As a professional music geek, it's my mission to scoop these orphans up and scatter them throughout the blogosphere like Johnny Appleseed. Yet even I had never heard of Twinn Connexion until a few weeks ago...
July 6, 2010
TWINN CONNEXION "Twinn Connexion"
What a very special treat I have for you today. I think alternate side parking mornings really inspire me. Not unlike my recent post on Lazy Smoke, today's post is all about flowery psych pop, so tune out now if bendy jangly guitars, hippy dippy lyrics, and the occasional sitar isn't really your cup of Earl Grey. Shit, even if it isn't, keep reading, because the Twinn Connexion are one of the most fascinating groups, like, ever...
June 11, 2010
Twinn Connexion - Twinn Connexion (1968)
Twinn Connexion, Jerry and Jay Hopkins were born in Helena, Montana on January 15, 1941. As kids, they performed country music learned from the radio, at various organizations around Helena including the Masonic Lodge, The Chittendon Home for Unwed Mothers, and the Helena Old Age Home...
Twinn Connexion - S/T (Now Sounds) CD - Ugly Things #30
For years something of a mystery, the Twinn Connexion's sole '68 LP for Decca finally sees proper re-release thanks to Los Angeles's premiere sunshine boy Steve Stanley. No one who's seen the cover of this beauty showing two pretty blonde men in matching lemon-trat Edwardian suits...
May 20, 2010
Some starstruck teenagers daydream of hitting The Big Apple and Broadway. Others -- like Helena identical twins Jerry and Jay Hopkins -- just do it. In January 1963, they hopped on the North Coast Limited, both clutching one-way tickets to chase their dreams in New York...
Cheeta Kitten: Twinn Connexion
Twinn Connexion's self-titled debut album -- a psychedelic soft pop treat with fantastic arrangements and mildly experimental touches, like electric sitar and harpsichord -- is as good as anything similar from this same era. Their version of "Turn Down Day," penned by Keller and Blume for the Cyrkle, is an excellent example of just how well their voices blended.
September 12, 2009
Cratedigger: Twinn Connexion
In August of 1969, my grandparents took their younger children to New York City on vacation, where they saw the sights and met with their dazzling nephew Bob Cessna, an actor and playwright, and his equally dazzling friend Gerry Hopkins. My grandmother suffered horrible headaches on the trip, but painkillers and alcohol kept it under control and made the trip fun. It was the 1960s, after all, and no one believed in stoicism...