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Wayback Wednesday: Semisonic – “Closing Time”

Wayback Wednesday: Semisonic – “Closing Time”

This week, Kaboom! Magazine.com “Wayback Wednesday” takes us all the way back to the year 1998. “Closing Time” is a song by American rock band Semisonic. It was released in March 1998 as the lead single from their album Feeling Strangely Fine. Their signature song, it was written by Dan Wilson and produced by Nick Launay. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 1999.[ It reached number one on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and the top 50 in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It is certified Silver in the latter country.

While the song is about people leaving a bar at closing time, and widely interpreted as such, drummer Jacob 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.