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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, Rovi
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Absolutely one of my favorites ;-). ;-)
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⚡️♣️⚡️❤️⚡️♠️
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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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One of my favorites closing time
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Closing time ;)
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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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devonmarchuk
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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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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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kaken01
Booooooooooo











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The song " Closing Time" is beyond cool. Love that song.
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Get out lol closing time ;)
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Closing time! :)
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Great, classic song.
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hraley2
A song that is really not about a bar closing and going out afterwards but actually about a woman who is pregnant and ready to have her baby.
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megan1490
I listen to closing time today on you tube
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Good song
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One of my favorite songs CLOSING TIME love this song never gets old<3
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Mike! Remember this song, I know you liked this song and remember you singing it. Rest in Peace My Friend ~ January 27th 2014 I Miss You So Much Bro! But it's " Closing Time " So I Have To say Goodbye :'(
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Kiss your hand 2 times and post this on 2 other artists and look under your pillows
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Follow for a follow
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"Clooooosing time...take me home"-love this song(^_^)
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Awesome song
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megan1490
Closing time still rocks after all these years:-)
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Love dis song ;3
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megan1490
One of my favorite semisonic songs of all time. Pls tell u all agree that today's music sucks especially lady gaga and Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber too alternative rock indie rock much better
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This is the silliest song ever! I first heard it on The Office.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. You started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on atleast 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand Pick a school day
Say your name
Post this on 15 different songs an the day you pick your crush will ask you out
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justjilly3
Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Pick a school day
Say your name
Post this on 15 different songs and the day you pick your crush will ask you out
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