Secret Smile (Semisonic song)

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"Secret Smile"
Single by Semisonic
from the album Feeling Strangely Fine
Released June 1999
Format CD
Recorded 1997
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:37
Label MCA
Producer(s) Nick Launay
Semisonic singles chronology
  • "Singing in My Sleep"
  • (1998)
  • "Secret Smile"
  • (1999)

Secret Smile is a song recorded by the American alternative rock band Semisonic. The 1999 single was one of the cornerstones of the band's international success.[1] A live version of the song recorded at The Gorge Amphitheatre, as well as a mix by The Orb had previously been released as a B-side to "Singing in My Sleep". The song was featured in the film Simply Irresistible and in the TV series Charmed and Dawson's Creek. Songwriter Dan Wilson has said that the melody for the song came to him in a dream, and he woke up in the middle of the night, rushed to a piano, and wrote it down.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video features lead singer Dan Wilson and his wife playing with a video camera. The paparazzi then arrive and the couple make a run for it. The video was shot in February 1998 and was directed by British music video director Sophie Muller.

Covers[edit]

A dance version by Booty Callers was recorded, which appears on the compilation album Clubland 15. Singer Richard Fleeshman covered the song on his album Neon. British electronic singer/songwriter/producer LorD and Master recorded a version of the song in 2011 for his covers album, Discover.[3]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[4] 30
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 30
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 26
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 13
US Billboard Adult Top 40[8] 35
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[8] 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 488. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Atlas, Zoë (March 3, 2015). "Effortless: Dan Wilson". Sound of Boston. Retrieved March 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ "LorD and Master – Secret smile". SoundCloud. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 7450." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 7448." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Secret Smile". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  7. ^ "Archive Chart: 1999-07-10" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Semisonic – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 

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