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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
    The Whole Love
    2011

    3.8
    240 Votes
    Wilco (The Album)
    2009

    3.3
    257 Votes
    Sky Blue Sky
    2007

    3.6
    372 Votes
    A Ghost is Born
    2004

    3.8
    327 Votes
    Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
    2002

    4.2
    1,051 Votes
    Summerteeth
    1999

    4
    378 Votes
    Being There
    1996

    3.9
    243 Votes
    A.M.
    1995

    3.2
    133 Votes
    EPs
    More Like The Moon EP
    2003

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

    4.3
    86 Votes

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