Thursday, April 3, 2014

C is for "Closing Time"

Oftentimes, lightning only strikes once for many singers and bands. My A-Z Challenge for 2014 will focus on those glorious "one hit wonders" spanning the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Some are my favorite songs, others are just plain memorable (for better or for worse). Join me in celebrating these 26 one hit wonders in pop music!

Anyone else remember this big hit for Semisonic, "Closing Time?" It hit #1 here in the US in 1998 and was nominated for a Grammy. The song, on the surface, is about partying at a bar and it's time to go. That's it, party's over!

However, it's been revealed that the song is actually about the fears of impending fatherhood. It's funny, because I remember dancing around to "Closing Time" while holding my newborn son. But I just love that line, "every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." Gotta love a song that quotes Seneca, the Roman philosopher.

But here in America, Semisonic would never have another hit, although they did experience more success overseas.


29 comments:

Julie Flanders said...

I loved this song then and still love it now. Still sing that line in my head. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That one I don't remember...

Dana said...

I recently learned about the true meaning of the song as well. Love it—especially the line you quoted!

susanleighnoble said...

Love your theme for the A to Z challenge but don't recall this song.

Pat Dilloway said...

I still listen to this song. I probably still have the album too. I remember I got the whole album on sale for like $6 at Best Buy shortly after it came out. That was a good deal back in the 90s before there were MP3s and iTunes and all that.

Cherie Reich said...

I can't hear or read the words "Closing Time" without thinking of the song.

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Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Loved this song, and that line you quoted is still a great one!

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Huntress said...

I did not know that. Now it'll be in my thoughts everytime I hear that song. Thanks for an excellent post.

Huntress said...

Oh, hey! I added your book to my list of TBR several weeks ago. Cool!!!!!!!!

njmagas said...

Wow, this just catapulted me back to the 90's. Thanks, I think I needed that. Totally didn't know that about the song, either. Also didn't know who actually wrote it, but that's true for a lot of the songs I listened to back then.

Robin said...

I have always liked this song, but didn't know it was about impending fatherhood. Man, I love learning new things. It totally changes how I hear this song.

Tony Laplume said...

Well, another good song...

celineslouchelounge said...

What a blast from the past! It's a great song - and such a fantastic A to Z theme!

David P. King said...

Heck yeah! My junior college played this in their library as a way of telling everyone to get out. :)

cleemckenzie said...

I didn't know those lyrics referred to fatherhood. Makes them even more meaningful.

Melissa Bradley said...

Interesting for sure, but I never liked this song. I always found it creepy because of the singer's voice. I'm kind of glad they were a one hit wonder here. LOL

Elsie Amata said...

They played this song like crazy on the radio. Interesting to know it wasn't about a bar after all.

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Melanie Schulz said...

Another one I didn't know was an only hit. Loved this song.

Jay Noel said...

I'm not a big fan of the singer's voice, as I do find it creepy like Melissa does. But somehow it works. This is one song that I still hear on the radio all the time.

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

I loved this song, always sing along to it on the radio. But when I hear the title, I always confuse it with the Leonard Cohen song of the same name - completely different song. If you've never heard it, give it a try. It's genius.

Lexa Cain said...

That's odd. My husband and I sang in hotels for years. One-hit-wonders we've done include Achy-breaky Heart, In the Summertime, Rose Garden, Nothing Compares to You, Please Don't Go, and 99 Luftballons -- but I somehow missed all three songs you wrote about so far. I guess that's the point -- so many hits just disappear, never to be heard from again. Music's funny like that! lol :)

mooderino said...

Hey, I remember this one. Although had no idea who sang it.

farawayeyes said...

I remember this one well, but never knew the true meaning. Impending parenthood SHOULD strike fear into the heart of anyone. Ha!

Christine Rains said...

I haven't heard this in a while. Love it!

By the way, I'm halfway through your book and loving it! :)

dancingintheweeds.com said...

I remember this and I still freaking love it! I'm not denying that in its time it was overplayed but when I listen to it, it makes my foot wiggle. :
Misty at Dancing In The Weeds

Crystal Collier said...

I LOVE that song. I'm totally rockin' out now. Thanks for the good vibes and good memories.

Cindy Amrhein said...

Ah yes, I remember that one--couse I was already 41 by then. :) Good choice for a theme!
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Sheena-kay Graham said...

Didn't know about the fatherhood theme but definitely knew it had deep meaning. I love this song and my fave of your hits so far Jay.

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