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Semisonic is an alternative rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1995. The band consists of three members: Dan Wilson (lead vocals, guitar), John Munson (bass guitar, backing vocals, keyboard), and Jacob Slichter (drums, percussion, keyboard). They are perhaps best known for their 1998 hit single "Closing Time".

Early years

In 1992 while Dan Wilson and John Muson were still in the band Trip Shakespeare they were always encouraging Jacob to write songs with them. One day one of their friends asked the 3 to perform songs at her party. They accepted and the three learned to play a bunch of covers then performed at a bar called "The 400 Bar". That weekend the three wrote and recorded demos of songs they wrote and Dan named their band Pleasure. Around 1993-1994 the band had released demo tapes but had to change their band name due to an 80s band called Pleasure. They changed their name to Semisonic and released their first album under CherryDisc.


After the breakup of Trip Shakespeare, Dan Wilson and John Munson joined up with drummer Jacob Slichter to form Semisonic in 1995. An EP, Pleasure, was released that year on Boston indie label CherryDisc, and the studio full-length Great Divide in 1996 on MCA.

Semisonic's breakthrough came two years later in 1998 when their second album, Feeling Strangely Fine, reached the Top 50 chart on the strength of the hit single "Closing Time", their biggest hit in the United States.

Their international career also blossomed when another song from the album, "Secret Smile", quickly became a UK radio favorite in the summer of 1999, eventually peaking at #13 on the UK Singles Chart.

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


Dan Wilson has spoken of doing more Semisonic music in the future with John and Jake but said "The busy day-to-day life keeps pushing it further into the future." All three would like to make more Semisonic music but just don't have the time. All About Chemistry remains their last studio album to date.


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