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Semisonic

After the breakup of Trip Shakespeare, Minneapolis natives Dan Wilson and John Munson teamed up with drummer Jacob Slichter to form Semisonic in 1993. Trip Shakespeare had spent years amassing a loyal audience with artistic harmonies and unexpected guitar counterpoints, but bandleader Dan Wilson took Semisonic in an entirely different direction, embracing a tightly crafted sound that proved to be more appetizing to mainstream audiences. "Closing Time" was the band's biggest hit, dominating the airwaves in 1998 and picking up a Grammy nomination the following year. Although Semisonic disbanded after the release of their third album, 2001's All About Chemistry, Wilson garnered additional accolades as a solo artist. He also co-wrote material with other groups, including the Dixie Chicks' Grammy-winning effort Taking the Long Way.

Given Trip Shakespeare's connections in the music industry, it didn't take long for Semisonic (which had initially formed under the name Pleasure) to secure a record deal with Elektra. Before the band could record, however, management reorganization at Elektra's headquarters resulted in the termination of Semisonic's contract. The band bounced back in 1995 by signing with MCA and releasing a self-produced EP, Pleasure. The Great Divide followed in 1996, marking Semisonic's full-length debut and garnering a favorable review from Rolling Stone, which deemed it "a record of simple but sparkling modern pop." However, it was the musicians' sophomore effort, Feeling Strangely Fine, that marked their major breakthrough in 1998. "Closing Time" topped the modern rock charts, "Secret Smile" became a Top 20 hit in the U.K., and Semisonic enjoyed a brief flash of megastardom as the millennium drew to a close.

All About Chemistry, the band's third album, was issued in early 2001 and yielded additional U.K. hits, but the record failed to maintain the group's popularity in America. Semisonic wrapped up the year by contributing "Over My Head" to the soundtrack for Summer Catch, a baseball-themed teen flick, and covering Wings' "Jet" for a Paul McCartney tribute CD entitled Listen to What the Man Said. Dan Wilson also took time out to lay the brickwork for his solo material, playing a slew of dates around the Midwest, while his brother Matt hooked up with John Munson to form the Flops. As these side projects mounted, Semisonic went on indefinite hiatus in late 2001. ~ Andrew Leahey & Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 20th Century Masters: The Best Of Semisonic The Millennium Collection

1. Closing Time

2. The Prize

3. Brand New Baby

4. F.N.T.

5. If I Run

6. Across The Great Divide

7. Singing In My Sleep

8. Never You Mind

9. Secret Smile

10. Chemistry

11. Act Naturally

12. Over My Head

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Track List: All About Chemistry

1. Chemistry

2. Bed

3. Act Naturally

4. She's Got My Number

5. Follow

6. Sunshine And Chocolate

7. Who's Stopping You?

8. I Wish

9. One True Love

10. Get A Grip

11. Surprise

12. El Matador

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Track List: Feeling Strangely Fine

1. Closing Time

2. Singing In My Sleep

3. Made To Last

4. Never You Mind

5. Secret Smile

6. DND

7. Completely Pleased

8. This Will Be My Year

9. All Worked Out

10. California

11. She Spreads Her Wings

12. Gone To The Movies

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Track List: Pleasure E.P.

1. The Prize

2. Brand New Baby

3. In The Veins

4. Wishing Well

6. Sculpture Garden

7. Drum Lesson

8. The Gift

11. Broth / Twister Clock

12. Baby Loop / Forest Skulls

14. Moaner / Star Filter

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mysteriousst r a n g e r s 8 6
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Great end of the drinking night song, klassic
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Bad a** song! So good
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alexandraabe l l a 1 7
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"CLOSING TIME" LAST TIME FOR ALCOHOL....A N D ALL DAT GOOD S**T...BUT EVERTHING AS AN 'END"....ACE . B X . . . C Y P R E S S 1 4 1 . . .
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This song is about a woman who had a baby, has nothing to do with a bar...
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A classic song. Ironically for me it came out the yr. after I closed my own Bar permanently.
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Badass jam but so true
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I thought Closing Time was by Green Day! Have they ever covered it? I'm losing my mind over here, I could SWEAR it was Green Day!??
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amandawilkin s 2 3 1 2
This is the only song i can keep to myself on who i want to be "home" with and who i want to take me. Great memories 5o this song. Thanks for the smile :)
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Love this song :-)
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Semisonic not exactly a one hit wonder but certainly didn't stay long in the mainstream. But still produced some nice thoughtful melodic sounds
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me and Mr. jones don't see each other much any more
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Aww yeah, Semisonic, my boyz from Minnesota
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kevinpatcole m a n
Pandora please add the album Great Divide.
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I ove listening this... takes me back to another time
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vern_adz4774
great song...
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Awesome!!
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Hahahaha. This song reminds me of The Office.
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������������ Y o u dont have to go home but you cant stay here awesome song from way back
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Loved this band during college-they still sound fresh.
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You no it
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Oh yeah, I'm sick, sick and demented, but guess what ? It's ok ...
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I agree with OloWinkyWarr i o r , and would also like to add a thumbs down button.
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"It's closing time, one last call for alcohol, so finish your whisky or beer..."
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did you guys know this song was about the birth of the lead singer's baby?
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YEAH, These guys are awesome!
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I TOTALLY AGREE WITH JENNIFER MARTINEZ! Should add a thumbs up and ability to tag someone in the chat ;) ;) ;) Yeah...

My favorite song of theirs is Closing time... I'm listening to it right now e.e
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Dear Pandora, please add a thumbs up feature to comments, as your users are amazingly hilarious and make me laugh so damn much! Well, at least those who don't spam the comments section.
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tomchillot
For all those who are unaware, this is not a song about drinking or about a bar at all. It's a song about the birth of the lead singers first child. He didn't want to be known as the guy who wrote a sappy song about his kid so he hid the meaning in a song that sounds like a bar hit.
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alabastervil l i s 0
a song about lowering your expectations and relegating yourself to having sex with someone who is a drunk ugly whore. how wonderful. buttsex
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Cool semisonic that cool Zack duke like it we play it at Olive garden
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Night cap
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Still a good song after so many years.
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sandymcleod1 7
AWESOME BAND
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Gotta love Semisonic
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Oh wow. I'd all but forgotten about this song. I love the instrumental s and the vocals of "Closing Time" but I really don't care for the lyrics.
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kaken01 sucks
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kevin-burns9
Awesome yeah u bet!!!pkb45
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Love this song
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it wont let me skip.... burning my ears
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crap
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prissy-73
Great song....clos i n g time...
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"Closing time" always helps me out at the end of a bad day
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