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Each studio album sent Jeff Tweedy and Wilco's musical experiments further in unexpected directions, turning pop, psychedelic, and post-punk without ever losing the emotional ties found in the simplest of heartland rock. Line-up shuffles made Wilco primarily Jeff Tweedy’s band by the time of Kicking Television, but the ghosts of his former collaborators — Jay Bennett, R.I.P. — remains a strong undercurrent. “Misunderstood” from Being There begins things with a foreboding sense of the smoldering turmoil that would drive Wilco’s later sound. “The Late Greats” and “Company In My Back” from 2004’s A Ghost Is Born saddle up with a stronger country lope than ever, while tunes from their landmark Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (“Heavy Metal Drummer,” “Radio Cure,” “Poor Places”) sound ever more ambitious and free. In the end, the feedback and Tweedy’s tortured guitar solos fire up the masses (“Spiders (Kidsmoke)”) with touches of punk rock abandon, but it’s the sweet swell of electric guitar and the sad, lost vocal moans present in “Hell Is Chrome” and “Ashes of American Flags” that nail home the band’s stunning beauty.

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Do Not File Under Alt. Country

If you are looking for the Alt. Country band that the industry classifies Wilco under, do not bother with this album or any album after "Being There" or Mermaid Avenue (Vol. 1 & 2). Now, if you are looking for one of the most important bands around today, check out Wilco. Unfortunately, you will never hear Wilco on the radio for the same reason you do not hear Sonic Youth, Flaming Lips etc. You need to listen to the songs with headphones and be sonically immersed within their musical landscapes. Kicking Television does a pretty good job representing Wilco’s live show. I have seen them 3 times and they get better with every band member Jeff Tweedy fires. Kicking Television’s set list spans Wilco’s entire catalog to give everyone what they want. What is missing, “She’s a Jar” from the “Summer Teeth” Album. Kicking Television will soon be a classic for any music fan.

Why can't we buy 'Monday' individually!?

'Monday' is not on the cd available in stores (that I bought). It's unfair to put bonus tracks available as 'album only'. Don't you agree?? I know why 'they' do it - for more $$$, but it really hurts the fans. Please join me in letting Apple, Wilco, etc. know your dissatisfaction.... ITunes is a great service, but this is unfair!

A 58 years old man listening to Wilco????

Yes I am that old and just love this group. They are very "inventive" with the music and lyrics also. Spiders is simply an awsome live song and Comment is also a favorite of mine; it has such fantastic lyrics, it reminds me of our Peace and Love songs from the 60's. I do have a little problem with "Via Chicago"; twice in the song there's a cocaphony of noises that does'nt seem to fit in the song, it sounds like a dirty CD noises. I played the song on my 2 computers, my Sound system and my van also and still that "noise". Otherwise, the whole CD Pcakage is excellent. I will buy Ghost today also. Even with a name like Wilco, this is an excellent band to know.


Formed: 1994 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Debuting as a rough-and-tumble alt-country act and evolving into a mature and eclectic indie rock ensemble, Wilco rose from the ashes of the seminal roots rock band Uncle Tupelo, which disbanded in 1994. While Jay Farrar, one of the group's two singer/songwriters, went on to form Son Volt, his ex-partner Jeff Tweedy established Wilco along with the remaining members of Tupelo's final incarnation, which included drummer Ken Coomer as well as part-time bandmates John Stirratt (bass) and Max Johnston...
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