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Semisonic releases rare demo of ‘Closing Time’, and it’s as good as ever

Can you believe it’s already been 20 years since it debuted in 1998?

Minneapolis pop-rock group Semisonic’s second album, Feeling Strangely Fine, just turned 20 last March. To celebrate, they’re putting out a deluxe-edition reissue, which will include four B-sides originally released internationally.

Even more good news, they’re promoting the reissue with a rare demo of their best-known track, Closing Time. Here, enjoy:

Semisonic lead singer Dan Wilson, who has written songs for Taylor Swift and Adele, expressed his thoughts about the reissue:

“When I started writing songs for the album that would become Feeling Strangely Fine, John Munson and Jake Slichter and I were living in South Minneapolis,” he told Stereogum.

“I had decided a while back that my best songs were about me and the people I loved or admired and our adventures and troubles, and the new songs really reflected that ideal. I was writing about our lives. I remember telling Jake I wanted to make a record that had the folk music simplicity of Simon & Garfunkel but also the loudness of U2 and Nirvana.

“I wasn’t thinking that these songs would become the soundtrack for so many people’s lives. We definitely weren’t thinking that these songs would still be played on the radio 20 years later.”

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Got a chance to chat again with Kyle Meredith at @919wfpk. This time we talked about the twentieth (!!!) anniversary of the Semisonic album, Feeling Strangely Fine. Listen to our chat on the link in my bio – take a trip back to 1998 with us. #semisonic #feelingstrangelyfine #anniversary #twentyyears #wfpk #independentradio

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The Feeling Strangely Fine reissue will be available on CD, digital formats, and limited-edition gold vinyl – the first time a Semisonic album will be pressed on vinyl. It comes out October 19.

Via Stereogum

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