Semisonic celebrates 20th anniversary
The Dan Wilson-fronted Minnesota band are set to release a deluxe reissue of their breakthrough 1998 album ‘Feeling Strangely Fine’
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal album Feeling Strangely Fine, the Minneapolis alt-rock band Semisonic will release a deluxe edition reissue of the record. The album will be released on deluxe edition CD and digital, as well as a limited edition gold vinyl pressing, which marks the first time ever a Semisonic album has been pressed to vinyl LP. The band was fronted by Grammy-winning songwriter Dan Wilson, with John Munson on bass and Jacob Slichter on drums.
In addition to hits like Closing Time, Secret Smile and Singing In My Sleep, the deluxe edition features four B-sides taken from international CD singles that were released at the time of the album. The band has shared a previously unreleased demo of Closing Time, giving fans a glimpse into the evolution of the song [listen below].
“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. 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,” reflects Wilson. “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.”
The 20th anniversary edition of Feeling Strangely Fine will be released on 19 October through Universal Music Enterprises, but it is possible to pre-order via pledgemusic.com