i quite like all the semisonic songs i've heard (c/d, s/d)

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this group are not too bad. i have heard "secret smile", "closing time" and that chemistry one, and i have good things to say about all of them. they have bright hooks and the latter two have great sing-along choruses. isn't this what makes for good guitar-pop? why do semisonic get lumped in with tedious american jam bands? they're a pop group, and a reasonably good one at that!

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Friday, 16 July 2004 20:29 (fifteen years ago) link

kill yourself!

I CAN LEAD YOU THROUGH THE ZONE (ex machina), Friday, 16 July 2004 20:32 (fifteen years ago) link

all of that stuff sux azz compared to their debut alb, "the great divide."

asl, Friday, 16 July 2004 20:34 (fifteen years ago) link

Semisonic = jam band???

adam (adam), Saturday, 17 July 2004 00:40 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, who thought of them as a jam band? BTW people here in MN who like this band also have a fondness for Trip Shakespere, which they came out of, but then these are the type of people who also really dig Mason Jennings.

artdamages (artdamages), Saturday, 17 July 2004 01:00 (fifteen years ago) link

Semisonic < Better than Ezra

joseph cotten (joseph cotten), Saturday, 17 July 2004 02:18 (fifteen years ago) link

Better Than Semisonic

artdamages (artdamages), Saturday, 17 July 2004 03:46 (fifteen years ago) link

FNT and Delicious are good.

billstevejim, Saturday, 17 July 2004 05:16 (fifteen years ago) link

I always thought 'Singing In Your Sleep' had a great hook, and, though 'Closing Time' was overplayed, it's a decent song. I'd be open to hearing more Semisonic.

Wow, I never thought I'd say that.

derrick (derrick), Saturday, 17 July 2004 06:09 (fifteen years ago) link

closing time is good. the rest=dud city.

OCP (OCP), Saturday, 17 July 2004 10:05 (fifteen years ago) link

Better Than Ezra are the fucking worst. They still exist, you know. There are very few rock bands from New Orleans that ever made it big--so people tend to hang on for longer than is really necessary. See also Cowboy Mouth. The New Orleans music press actually takes these clowns seriously.

adam (adam), Saturday, 17 July 2004 12:07 (fifteen years ago) link

"Singing In My Sleep" is so so great

Mike Ouderkirk (Mike Ouderkirk), Saturday, 17 July 2004 16:46 (fifteen years ago) link

Semisonic > Better Than Ezra >>>>>>>> Gin Blossoms

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Saturday, 17 July 2004 16:50 (fifteen years ago) link

You have that backwards my friend.

artdamages (artdamages), Saturday, 17 July 2004 17:39 (fifteen years ago) link

yep, Gin Blossoms were the best of that crowd.

derrick (derrick), Saturday, 17 July 2004 17:45 (fifteen years ago) link

The guy from Semisonic attended Harvard FWIW.

Best musicians to attend Harvard anyone?

Jerry Harrison for starters.

Trever Booth (xjzico), Saturday, 17 July 2004 18:50 (fifteen years ago) link

Rivers!

Seriously though, has anyone seen ads everywhere for Semisonic's drummer's book?

artdamages (artdamages), Saturday, 17 July 2004 21:18 (fifteen years ago) link

push kings went to harvard and were great for two albums but everyone hates them.

keith m (keithmcl), Saturday, 17 July 2004 21:33 (fifteen years ago) link

yes, has anyone read that book? ("So You Want to Be a Rock'n'Roll Star", i believe). It is supposed to be a decent industry expose, right.

Oh, and: Semisonic < Toad the Wet Sprocket < Better Than Ezra < Gin Blossoms. It's fun rating the death throes of jangle.

joseph cotten (joseph cotten), Saturday, 17 July 2004 21:52 (fifteen years ago) link

Oy! Where's all this Gin Blossom love coming from?

For the record, Toad trumps them all (actually, just Toad's Coil album trumps them all).

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Saturday, 17 July 2004 21:58 (fifteen years ago) link

When I was a kid I always loved Dada's "Dizneyland (I'm Going To)", but rehearing it a while back it really lost its rosy nostalgic glow.

artdamages (artdamages), Saturday, 17 July 2004 23:01 (fifteen years ago) link

From their Pleasure EP, download "Wishing Well" which is a pretty amazing piece of Queen style over-the-topness. Sounds very little like anything on the album that contains Closing Time.

The All About Chemistry CD has some great stuff as well. Main problem w/Semisonic is that their worst album made them famous.

dlp9001, Saturday, 17 July 2004 23:09 (fifteen years ago) link

ha, my mother had piano lessons before jerry when she was in cambridge. didn't tom morello attend harvard? he was the best memeber of RATM for whatever that's worth ...

jake b. (cerybut), Sunday, 18 July 2004 09:09 (fifteen years ago) link

Trip Shakespeare >>>>>>etc Semisonic.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Sunday, 18 July 2004 10:03 (fifteen years ago) link

Oddly enough, this is in the news:

http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/books/07/06/rock.star/index.html

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Sunday, 18 July 2004 15:48 (fifteen years ago) link

There is nothing wrong with "Closing Time". It's better than anything done by any other band named on this thread so far.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Sunday, 18 July 2004 15:50 (fifteen years ago) link

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.

joseph cotten (joseph cotten), Sunday, 18 July 2004 15:52 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Hate to ruin that thread ending but they're reuniting next week in Minneapolis. I, too, have a weakness for this band...

Pete Scholtes (Pete Scholtes), Friday, 7 July 2006 22:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Yay!

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 7 July 2006 22:40 (fourteen years ago) link

six months pass...
"closing time - time for you to go back to the places you will be from" really fucks up the time/space continuum.

M@tt He1g3s0n: oh u mad cuz im stylin on u (Matt Helgeson), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 00:39 (thirteen years ago) link

when i worked at a bar during college we played that song every single nite and it felt great every time.

M@tt He1g3s0n: oh u mad cuz im stylin on u (Matt Helgeson), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 00:39 (thirteen years ago) link

can't we close this door forever?

UART variations (ex machina), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 02:35 (thirteen years ago) link

I used to champion their "All About Chemistry" album like crazy. "El Matador" is still a great song.

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 03:21 (thirteen years ago) link

The Semisonic song I always stand up for (that nobody remembers) is "If I Run," which got some minor alt-rock play from the album before the one with the hits. It's really great, go Youtube it or something. Gets the tempo above their Better Than Ezra "earnest contemplation" buzz.

Doctor Casino (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 05:30 (thirteen years ago) link

i am startled and delighted by the large amount of praise for "closing time" on this thread. i love that song. i have a soft spot for songs that successfully repeat the same chord pattern from start to finish, through both verse and chorus, and "closing time" is an excellent example of such.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 05:33 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Ha ha. "Get A Grip on Yourself." I forgot how cute that song is. Better than "She Bop."

dlp9001, Friday, 7 March 2008 23:03 (twelve years ago) link

"down in flames" was a pretty good OG semisonic jam. locals only.

M@tt He1ges0n, Friday, 7 March 2008 23:18 (twelve years ago) link

one of the east end pirate stations used to have a jingle that went to the tune of 'secret smile'

"nobody knows it, but we've got a ladies' night..."

braveclub, Friday, 14 March 2008 17:31 (twelve years ago) link

all of that stuff sux azz compared to their debut alb, "the great divide."
-- asl, Friday, July 16, 2004 4:34 PM (3 years ago) Bookmark Link

^^^^^^^

Alex in Baltimore, Friday, 14 March 2008 17:33 (twelve years ago) link

two years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGytDsqkQY8

hi. this is one of the best songs of all time. now you know

markers, Thursday, 23 December 2010 20:52 (nine years ago) link

i totally loved the great divide, matt otm down in flames is a jam

FACT: i sold merch for them at a first ave show in high school ~locals only~

kanellos (gbx), Thursday, 23 December 2010 21:09 (nine years ago) link

:D

markers, Thursday, 23 December 2010 21:12 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

markers, Thursday, 1 August 2013 23:31 (six years ago) link

"secret smile" isn't that good. are all their other songs this much worse than closing time?

markers, Thursday, 1 August 2013 23:37 (six years ago) link

They're not the kind of band I could ever see inspiring serious devotion, but I always thought California was a great song, especially when the distortion kicks in. The drummer's book was pretty good too. I think the fact that he's 100% ordinary in every way is part of its charm. I don't think anyone's gonna confuse it with the Mingus autobiography.

B-Boy Bualadh Bos (ecuador_with_a_c), Thursday, 1 August 2013 23:58 (six years ago) link

man, sorry, but this isn't doing it for me. ("california")

markers, Friday, 2 August 2013 00:16 (six years ago) link

and i am, obviously, a "closing time" fan

markers, Friday, 2 August 2013 00:16 (six years ago) link

four years pass...

picked up a copy of All About Chemistry on a whim at a thrift store and y'know what it's got some jams!

Simon H., Saturday, 5 May 2018 00:52 (two years ago) link

did you know it has a Carole King co-write/duet? because it does.

Simon H., Saturday, 5 May 2018 00:54 (two years ago) link

hope weasel diesel turned out all right

I had no idea the Semisonic guy went on to co-write "Not Ready to Make Nice," "Someone Like You" and a million other things, so I guess we know *he* turned out all right, at least

Simon H., Saturday, 5 May 2018 01:08 (two years ago) link

He co-wrote "treacherous" with Taylor and I know we hate her now but that's just an amazing jam

bunny slopes, Saturday, 5 May 2018 02:04 (two years ago) link

I am shocked at how well I recall basically every element of "Secret Smile" after all these years. I guess dude earned the big bucks after all.

Simon H., Saturday, 5 May 2018 03:55 (two years ago) link

“i wish” is my fav semisonic song. all about chemistry is a great record

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 5 May 2018 04:01 (two years ago) link

also i revisited feeling strangely fine last month and it’s amazing how many good power pop songs are on that record

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 5 May 2018 04:02 (two years ago) link

I want to do a whole thread about journeymen 90s songwriters (I don't know anything about the topic but I assume Wilson is the tip of the iceberg)

Simon H., Saturday, 5 May 2018 04:05 (two years ago) link

dan wilson
greg kurstin
there are a few others all of them named greg but i can’t remember atm

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 5 May 2018 04:07 (two years ago) link

Rick Nowels kinda fits though he never had the "public career" element AFAICT

Simon H., Saturday, 5 May 2018 04:13 (two years ago) link

Stuff like "Act Naturally" slots so effortlessly into those latter-day Jimmy Eat World records that I wonder if some folks didn't miss out on some major payola

Simon H., Saturday, 5 May 2018 04:29 (two years ago) link

I don't care much for the band but, on a recommendation from a friend I read the book written by the drummer about their time together and the record company machinations, he's an engaging writer and it's a great read.

It's called 'So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star: How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful Of Record Executives and Other True Tales from a Drummer's Life'

MaresNest, Saturday, 5 May 2018 09:52 (two years ago) link

Multiple xp the guy from Cardigans who wrote all those amazing Bieber/Grande singles

boxedjoy, Saturday, 5 May 2018 17:41 (two years ago) link

Butch Walker is another one of those guys (extensive credits w/Katy, Avril, Taylor, Pink, and Carly Rae amongst others)

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 5 May 2018 18:34 (two years ago) link

"If I Run" is perpetually overlooked, that was a cool alt-rock radio jam imo.

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 5 May 2018 19:01 (two years ago) link

The guy from Semisonic attended Harvard FWIW.
Best musicians to attend Harvard anyone?

Jerry Harrison for starters

Claudia Gonson

Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 5 May 2018 19:36 (two years ago) link

Dan Wilson will always be the other not as brilliant guy in Trip Shakespeare to me

Now that was a band

when worlds collide I'll see you again (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 5 May 2018 19:44 (two years ago) link

re journeymen.
never expected this given how hated louis xiv were.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Hill_(singer)

mark e, Saturday, 5 May 2018 20:43 (two years ago) link

oh, also, Jon Brion.

Simon H., Saturday, 5 May 2018 20:46 (two years ago) link

Gregg Alexander from New Radicals

ufo, Saturday, 5 May 2018 22:48 (two years ago) link

Dr. Luke, although his 'public career' was playing guitar in SNL house band.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 5 May 2018 23:17 (two years ago) link

are we listing people with songwriting/producer careers or people who went to harvard

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 6 May 2018 00:03 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

and why not: there's a new Semisonic EP out soon, their first new music in 19 years

https://www.stereogum.com/2089259/semisonic-youre-not-alone/music/

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Friday, 26 June 2020 17:05 (two weeks ago) link


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