GP: “Closing Time”

March 3, 2010

Few songs were as big in 1998 as Semisonic’s, “Closing Time, ” off their breakout record Feeling Strangely Fine, and for good reason-the song, despite massive radio overplay, is a well-crafted pop/rock gem that has stood the test of time.  Opening with a simple piano line that continues through the entire song, which leads into frontman Dan Wilson’s voice, the song soon kicks into some heavily distorted choruses, featuring big drums and an excellent guitar solo, all before settling back once again as the final notes ring out.  Though the band never scored another hit as big as, “Closing Time, ” drummer Jacob Slichter released a highly entertaining book detailing Semisonic’s success called So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star in 2004, and their final album (to date), 2001’s All About Chemistry, is a fine album, quite possibly their best.

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