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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 UncleTupelo following singer Jay Farrar's departure from that group. Wilco's lineup has changed frequently, with only singer JeffTweedy 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 ...read more

Wilco is a rock band which formed in 1994 in Chicago, Illinois by the remaining members of alternative country group UncleTupelo following singer Jay Farrar's departure from that group. Wilco's lineup has changed frequently, with only singer JeffTweedy 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 turninfluenced music by The National and Cherry Ghost. The band continued in the alternative country of Uncle Tupelo on itsdebut 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. Afterthe recording sessions were complete, reprise records rejected the album and dismissed Wilco from the label. As part of abuy-out deal, Reprise gave Wilco the rights to the album for free. After streaming Foxtrot on its website, Wilco sold the albumto Nonesuch Records in 2002. Both record labels are subsidiaries of Warner Music Group, leading one critic to say that thealbum showed “how screwed up the music business [was] in the early twenty-first century.” Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is Wilco’smost 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 amajor record label, they are generally associated with indie rock. Wilco draws influence from bands from a variety of musicalgenres, but primarily from music created between 1966 and 1974. John Cale’s Paris 1919 was credited by the band asproviding a musical parallel. According to Tweedy, “It was eye-opening that I wasn’t the only person that felt like theseworlds had a lot more in common than they’d been given credit for—that experimentation and avant-garde theory was notdirectly opposed to beauty, y’know?” « hide

Similar Bands: My Morning Jacket, The National, Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy, The Autumn Defense

LPs
Ode to Joy
2019

3.7
113 Votes
Schmilco
2016

3.1
132 Votes
Star Wars
2015

3.4
236 Votes
The Whole Love
2011

3.8
352 Votes
Wilco (The Album)
2009

3.3
327 Votes
Sky Blue Sky
2007

3.6
499 Votes
A Ghost is Born
2004

3.8
471 Votes
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
2002

4.3
1,554 Votes
Summerteeth
1999

4.1
599 Votes
Being There
1996

3.9
398 Votes
A.M.
1995

3.2
221 Votes
EPs
More Like The Moon EP
2003

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

4.3
113 Votes
Compilations
Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994 - 2014
2014

4
1 Votes

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