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Wilco

Wilco is a rock band which formed in 1994 in Chicago, Illinois by the remaining members of alternative country group Uncle Tupelo following singer Jay Farrar's departure from that group. Wilco's lineup has changed frequently, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. The other current members are guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalists Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released eight studio albums, a live double album, and three collaborations: two with Billy Bragg, and one with The Minus 5. ...read more

Wilco is a rock band which formed in 1994 in Chicago, Illinois by the remaining members of alternative country group Uncle Tupelo following singer Jay Farrar's departure from that group. Wilco's lineup has changed frequently, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. The other current members are guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalists Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released eight studio albums, a live double album, and three collaborations: two with Billy Bragg, and one with The Minus 5.

Wilco’s music has been inspired by a wide variety of artists and styles, including Bill Fay and Television, and has in turn influenced music by The National and Cherry Ghost. The band continued in the alternative country of Uncle Tupelo on its debut album A.M. (1995), but has since introduced more experimental aspects to their music.

Wilco garnered media attention for its fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002), and the controversy surrounding it. After the recording sessions were complete, reprise records rejected the album and dismissed Wilco from the label. As part of a buy-out deal, Reprise gave Wilco the rights to the album for free. After streaming Foxtrot on its website, Wilco sold the album to Nonesuch Records in 2002. Both record labels are subsidiaries of Warner Music Group, leading one critic to say that the album showed “how screwed up the music business [was] in the early twenty-first century.” Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is Wilco’s most successful release to date, selling over 590,000 copies. Wilco won two Grammy Awards for their fifth studio album, 2004’s A Ghost is Born, including Best Alternative Music Album.

Wilco’s music is typically categorized as alternative rock and alternative country. Despite their career long association with a major record label, they are generally associated with indie rock. Wilco draws influence from bands from a variety of musical genres, but primarily from music created between 1966 and 1974. John Cale’s Paris 1919 was credited by the band as providing a musical parallel. According to Tweedy, “It was eye-opening that I wasn’t the only person that felt like these worlds had a lot more in common than they’d been given credit for—that experimentation and avant-garde theory was not directly opposed to beauty, y’know?” « hide

Similar Bands: My Morning Jacket, The National, Uncle Tupelo, Bob Dylan, The Autumn Defense

LPs
Schmilco
2016

3.2
89 Votes
Star Wars
2015

3.3
190 Votes
The Whole Love
2011

3.8
316 Votes
Wilco (The Album)
2009

3.3
302 Votes
Sky Blue Sky
2007

3.6
443 Votes
A Ghost is Born
2004

3.8
409 Votes
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
2002

4.3
1,329 Votes
Summerteeth
1999

4.1
507 Votes
Being There
1996

3.9
321 Votes
A.M.
1995

3.2
181 Votes
EPs
More Like The Moon EP
2003

3.4
14 Votes
Live Albums
Kicking Television: Live in Chicago
2006

4.3
97 Votes

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