"You write 99 songs that go nowhere and then you write one that pays for the last five years. That's the way it works." Former Semisonic frontman Dan Wilson on co-writing Adele's huge hit Someone Like You.
Semisonic frontman Dan Wilson is considering reuniting with his former bandmates for a new album after 12 years. The American rock band enjoyed hits with Closing Time and Secret Smile in the late 1990s, but stepped out of the spotlight in 2001 by taking an hiatus.
Lead singer Wilson has now hinted that the trio could get back together and even release new music.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "It (the hiatus) wasn't a planned-out thing. I get together with (bandmates) John (Munson) and Jake (Slichter) periodically and we do shows and we hang out. I'm not closing any doors.
"I think that would be cool (to make another album). I just have to figure out how to do that kind of song, and it might not be that complicated to figure that out... I think it needs to be different (from my solo work). There's a particular chemistry or personality or vibe that happens with those guys."
Wilson has kept busy since parting ways with the band - he's co-written hits such as Adele's Someone Like You and Dixie Chicks' Not Ready to Make Nice.
He was recently nominated for a 2014 Grammy award for Album of the Year thanks to his work on Taylor Swift's Red album.
"Just shake me 'til you wake me from this bad dream." Nothing encapsulates the feeling of graduation and moving to the next phase of one's life quite like those profound words. (Except, probably, just about anything else.)
According to the New York Post, the principal of public school in Brooklyn originally swapped out Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" as a kindergarten graduation anthem, worrying that it might "offend other cultures," and outsourced it to confirmed Canadian/rumored kindergartner Justin Bieber and his hit song "Baby" instead. Now, the principal has placed "Baby" on the Do Not Sing list as well after controversy arose from the decision.
Setting aside the absurdity of the notion of a kindergarten graduation in the first place (though, they could be made slightly more interesting if this was their commencement speech) Justin Bieber's "Baby" (which includes such inspirational and apropos lyrics as "When I was 13 I had my first love"... hang in there, 5-year-olds, just a few more years!) would hardly have been the first song to feel wildly out of place at a commencement ceremony. In fact, even Greenwood's patriotic anthem has some sentiment-killing moments. ("I had to start again, with just my children and my wife." Good luck, youths.)
In honor of Justin Bieber graduating to the elite and time-honored tradition of Wait, What?... Really?! we wanted to look back at some of the other most ridiculous songs used for graduation that should probably be placed on the Do Not Sing list as well. Trust us on this... and the sunscreen.
Song: "Graduation (Friends Forever)" by Vitamin C
Year: Class of 2000
Most Ridiculous Song Lyric for a Graduation Ceremony: "Will little brainy Bobby be the stockbroker man?/Can Heather find a job that won't interfere with her tan?"
You Heard This Song If: You bought this single on CD at The Wall after highlighting your hair with streaks of blonde and orange.
Song: "Closing Time" by Semisonic
Year: Class of 1998
Most Ridiculous Song Lyric for a Graduation Ceremony: "One last call for alcohol, so finish your whiskey or beer.....You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here."
You Heard This Song If: You ever worked at The Gap and got a sweet discount on ribbed tank tops with horizontal stripes, or were at any bar, anywhere in the universe, at closing time.
Song: "You Get What You Give" by the New Radicals Year: Class of 1998 Most Ridiculous Song Lyric for a Graduation Ceremony: "Age 14 we got you down on your knees"You Heard This Song If: You attended a fashion shoot with Beck and Hanson, Courtney Love, and/or Marilyn Manson. Or you wore out your copy of "Closing Time."
Song: "Glory Days" by the Bruce SpringsteenYear: Class of 1984Most Ridiculous Song Lyric for a Graduation Ceremony: "Time slips away and leaves you with nothing, mister, with boring stories of glory days." You Heard This Song If: You also totally misunderstood what "Born in the USA" was about when you heard it at a 4th of July fireworks display.
Song: "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed PeasYear: Class of 2009 Most Ridiculous Song Lyric for a Graduation Ceremony: "Let's burn the roof/And then we'll do it again."You Heard This Song If: You existed and had the gift/curse of sound in 2009.
Song: "I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlanYear: Class of 1995Most Ridiculous Song Lyric for a Graduation Ceremony: Actually, none. It's a pretty fitting graduation song, but oh God, I can't stop thinking about abused animals now! You Heard This Song If: You were trying to have a lovely Saturday afternoon TV marathon when all of a sudden Sarah McLachlan decided to show you some really, really sad stuff and make you feel generally awful. Good luck, seniors!
What do you think is the most absurd song used in graduation ceremonies? Share in the comment section.
[Photo credit: WENN.com] More:
Justin Bieber's Freshman Year Study Plan For College
Well this takes the fun out of guessing. We now know when Michael Scott will be saying farewell to The Office. NBC announced the plan so you can go ahead and start mentally preparing to wipe away the tears while pretending your contact dried out.
Here's how it will all play out:
April 14: This is where we'll get our first episode with Will Ferrell. He'll continue on the show until May 5. April 21: We get an episode titled Goodbye Michael Part I, written and directed by Mindy Kaling. It's fairly obvious this will set things in motion for Michael's farewell. April 28: This is the big one. It's titled Goodbye Michael Part II, and is written by series developer Greg Daniels and directed by comedy master director Paul Feig. May 5 and May 12: The first will be the final episode for Will Ferrell and the second will be back to business as usual. May 19: We find out what happens to the open regional manager position at Dunder Mifflin in this hour-long season finale.
In addition to the time line, Kaling also gave three potential Michael Scott exits that they ultimately decided not to use. My favorite was Michael’s death: leaning on the window in the conference room and falling to his death. It would a poetic death, but yeah, a little too harsh. Nevertheless, on to Michael’s exit! As the great, philosophic group Semisonic said “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” Let the countdown begin!
Source: TV Guide