When a Target store in Victoria, British Columbia closed for good on March 31, a handful of its employees wanted to do a cool, off-the-cuff sendoff. So, they performed a farewell cover of Semisonic's 1998 classic "Closing Time" in the empty aisles.
Using an acoustic guitar, a plastic shopping basket as percussion and part of a clothing rack as a microphone, three guys played the song on a loading cart as two co-workers pulled them through the deserted store. A sixth person filmed the entire performance in one take.
According to basket drummer and real-life drummer Evan Holbein, the team pulled off the live cover without any rehearsal. Impressive, right?
This video has become an unofficial tribute to all of Target's employees in Canada. The massive retailer is ceasing its operations there and liquidating all 133 Target stores due to "store inventory and distribution problems," a former manager told Gawker.
Target's headquarters is based in Minneapolis, which is coincidentally also where Semisonic is from. In fact, the band's drummer, Jacob Slichter, saw this cover and called it "really powerful."
"We poured our heart into our final goodbye through song, to a job we loved, and a building that contains so many great memories," Holbein wrote on his Facebook page.