#tbt Wilco / Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)

By Randy Nieto
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Since the last two articles were about Chicago bands, I figured I might as well complete the trilogy. Chicago’s Wilco has been a hometown staple for many years, with predecessor Uncle Tupelo hearkening back all the way to 1987. Chicago is proud of Wilco, and for good reason. These Chicago music veterans have been writing alt-country / indie hits way before YHF came out, but this was the album that catapulted them to the top of the charts and made them indie faves. Jeff Tweedy’s cool and relaxed singing and songwriting style combined with the instrumental forces of the very talented members of the group allowed them to explore different sonic landscapes and venture outside of their alt-country roots. This didn’t stop them from writing a pop gem like “Heavy Metal Drummer” and dropping it right in the middle of the record, like an alka-seltzer in a cup of water. The making of the album was documented in the film “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco” by photographer Sam Jones. After ousting a couple band members and nearly breaking up, the band finally released the record, to critical acclaim. Check out “Heavy Metal Drummer” below.

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