Closing Time (Semisonic song)

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"Closing Time"
Single by Semisonic
from the album Feeling Strangely Fine
ReleasedMarch 10, 1998
FormatCD
Recordedmid-1997
GenreAlternative rock,[1] pop rock,[2] post-grunge
Length4:33 (album version)
3:49 (single version)
LabelMCA
Writer(s)Dan Wilson
ProducerNick Launay
Semisonic singles chronology
"Closing Time"
(1998)
"Singing in My Sleep"
(1998)
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"Closing Time"
Single by Semisonic
from the album Feeling Strangely Fine
ReleasedMarch 10, 1998
FormatCD
Recordedmid-1997
GenreAlternative rock,[1] pop rock,[2] post-grunge
Length4:33 (album version)
3:49 (single version)
LabelMCA
Writer(s)Dan Wilson
ProducerNick Launay
Semisonic singles chronology
"Closing Time"
(1998)
"Singing in My Sleep"
(1998)
Music sample
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A sample from "Closing Time" by Semisonic

"Closing Time" is a song by American alternative rock band Semisonic. It was released in March 1998 as the lead single from their album Feeling Strangely Fine. One of the band's most popular songs, it was written by Dan Wilson and produced by Nick Launay. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 1999.[3] It reached number-one on the Modern Rock Tracks.

Interpretation[edit]

The book So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star (ISBN 0-7679-1470-8) by Semisonic's drummer Jacob Slichter indicates that the song was written partly in response to the anxious, and at times precarious, state of the band during the opening of Wilson's new bar, The Rehab Lounge, which closed in late 2008;[4] however, Slichter has also indicated that the song was written by Wilson "in anticipation of fatherhood", and that it is about "being sent forth from the womb as if by a bouncer clearing out a bar".[5]

In concert Dan Wilson has confirmed that the song was written in anticipation of fatherhood but that he disguised it because he knew his bandmates would get sick of playing a song about his kids.[6]

Many (http://mobile.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/s/seneca405078.html) attribute the repeated phrase "every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end" to the Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Chris Applebaum. It features two continuous shots, running side by side on the screen. One side shows the band playing the song in a rehearsal space. The other side features a woman (played by Denise Franco), who is playing the part of the singer Dan Wilson's girlfriend. As the video progresses, Dan and his girlfriend switch sides of screen, as they attempt to meet up. At the end of the video, they both wind up at the same nightclub. However, they still end up missing each other by mere seconds and never meet up. The "trick" of the video is that each shot was done as one long, continuous shot, with no cuts or editing, and therefore relies on proper timing during the filming to get the two sides of the video lined up properly.

Covers and samples[edit]

"Closing Time" was the final song in the polka medley "Polka Power!" on "Weird Al" Yankovic's 1999 album Running with Scissors.

In popular culture[edit]

"Closing Time" has been featured in a number of films and television series in the following years after its release. In an article about the song's oddly enduring legacy and its use to punctuate comedic scenes, songwriter Dan Wilson believed the song had become "shorthand for that interesting feeling when you realize someone very different from you shares your cultural background", and that it is a song many people know but not everyone likes.[7]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1998/2011)Peak
position
Australia ARIA Charts40
Canadian RPM Alternative 302
Dutch Top 4084
New Zealand Singles Chart50
UK Singles Chart25
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay11
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 408
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks13
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks1
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 Tracks4
Chart (2011)Peak
position
Australia ARIA Charts40

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]+
  2. ^ Billboard 21 Feb 1998
  3. ^ "41st Grammy Awards - 1999". Rock on the Net. Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  4. ^ Slichter, Jacob (2004). So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star. New York: Broadway Books. p. 135. ISBN 0-7679-1470-8. 
  5. ^ A Hit Single and the Heart-Wrenching Story Behind it, by Claudia Ricci, The Huffington Post, posted February 8, 2011, retrieved February 27, 2011
  6. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niz9FtJIB2Y.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ a b We Are All 'Closing Time': Why Semisonic's 1998 Hit Still Resonates

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