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Minneapolis, United States (1995 – 2001)

Semisonic is a / band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. Known for their signature song “Closing Time”, the band members are Dan Wilson (guitar/vocals), John Munson (bass), and Jacob Slichter (drums). Although on hiatus since the early-, sporadic reunions have occurred.

After the breakup of Trip Shakespeare, Dan Wilson and John Munson joined up with drummer Jacob “Jake” Slichter to form Semisonic in 1995. An E.P., Pleasure, was released that year, and their first studio full-length release, Great Divide, followed in 1996 on MCA. Although they drew a cult following among fans, mainstream success eluded the group.

Semisonic’s breakthrough came two years later in 1998 when their sophomore effort, Feeling Strangely Fine, reached the Top 50 chart on the strength of the hit single “Closing Time”. Their international career also blossomed when another song from the album, “Secret Smile,” quickly became a U.K. radio favourite in the summer of 1999, eventually peaking at #13 on the official U.K. Singles Chart.

In early 2001, the band released its third album, All About Chemistry. The single “Chemistry” was a mainstay overseas; however, the album didn’t fare as well in the United States. Another song, “Over My Head,” was used in the 2001 teen movie Summer Catch, and Semisonic rode the wave of various tours in and around the U.K. In the fall of 2001, Semisonic contributed their cover of the Wings classic, “Jet,” for the Paul McCartney tribute CD, Listen to What the Man Said.

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  • Squall-Tabris

    SECRET SMILE <333333333333333333333333 [2]

    28 Apr 7:02pm Reply
  • Debaser987

    Semisonic really got a bad rap due to the alarming popularity of their song Closing Time and their subsequent bomb of an album Chemistry. Few remember that they blossomed from the indie darlings Trip Shakespeare, homegrown from Minneapolis’s fertile college rock scene. It was only after the business piranhas of LA finished their feeding frenzy over Closing Time that a skeleton of what once was an honest Midwestern rock band was left in their wake. Semisonic’s first album, the grittier, hook heavy Great Divide, is still my most listen to record of all time. It holds this statistical title because there was a good two years of my early childhood where that album was the only thing I listened to apart from a Beach Boys compilation my mother bought for me.

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • BraulioAM

    Siento que podría dedicarle las letras de las canciones de Semisonic a una persona :'D desde F.N.T.: ``I'm surprised that you've never been told before...'', pasando por Secret Smile: ``Nobody knows it but you've got a secret smile and you use it only for me'', hasta llegar a Act Naturally: ``I was just a fool for you and there was nothing I could do''. Pero como dijo Munson en un concierto de Trip Shakespeare (aunque no refiriéndose a lo mismo), She's not there anymore...

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Ford--Fairlane

    google for Todd in the Shadows, his "One Hit Wonderland" Episode on Closing Time is just great and btw. Get a Grip helped me through some hard times ^^

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • alveseduardo

    Closing Time <3 [2]

    19 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Henrique_Lee

    Closing Time <3

    17 Jul 2013 Reply
  • shane_t

    "gone to the movies' is best.

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • usamike

    omg ! i can't believe TRAVIS band is not in the most similar of Semisonic ! it is really the same wave ! when i listen to semisonic i think of Travis. and when i listen to Travis, i think of Semisonic !

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • marwin836

    Rules of Engagement.

    24 May 2013 Reply
  • nmothafocka

    SECRET SMILE <333333333333333333333333

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • mucaslorais

    i came here because homer band "sadgasm" [2]

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Saradiux

    ME ENCANTA CLOSING TIME !!!

    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • CountElvis

    Get deeper into these guys thanks to Todd in the Shadows- quite good stuff right here.

    31 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Seppuku108

    Gone to the Movies - it's just beautiful and heartfelt and nostalgic. This band truly is magical.

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • toughman123

    Listen to If I Run. It's one of Semisonic's better songs alongside Closing Time, and Singing In My Sleep.

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • MysteryWhisper

    I've heard "closing time" long before "friends with benefits" and loved it since but they surely deserve to be famous for more songs, not just this one.

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • cingcangkelyng

    i came here because homer band "sadgasm"

    18 Nov 2012 Reply
  • usamike

    This band is so good, i can't believe i'm first to post here since more a year ! This is a band whose song change a thing in my life.

    15 Nov 2012 Reply
  • playalovegame

    Friends With Benefits <3

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • joemcmaster

    added jacob slichter on fb

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
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