04 April 2013


Wilco is an American alternative rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 1994.

Wilco's lineup has changed frequently, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. The current lineup is guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalists Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche.

Wilco has released nine albums: eight studio albums and a live double album. They also have four collaborations, 3 with Billy Bragg, and one with The Minus 5.

Wilco was formed following the breakup of the alternative country music group Uncle Tupelo after singer Jay Farrar quit the band in 1994 because of issues with co-singer Jeff Tweedy. Tweedy was able to keep the remaining Uncle Tupelo lineup (bassist John Stirratt, drummer Ken Coomer, and multi-instrumentalist Max Johnston and sometime guitarist Brian Henneman)

They considered keeping the Uncle Tupelo name. They decided to rename the band based on a military slang term. WILCO is a portmanteau abbreviation of will comply. The term came into usage during World War II. Combined with the term "roger" (meaning that a radio message was received) "roger wilco" means "message received and we will comply." Will Comply is, as Tweedy has said, a fairly ironic name for a rock band that often does not comply.

Wilco got a lot of media attention for the circumstances of its fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot . After it was recorded, Reprise Records rejected the album and dismissed Wilco from the label.

Wilco maintained the rights to the album, streamed it on its website, and then sold the album to Nonesuch Records for a 2002 release. It became their most successful release.

They won two Grammy Awards for their next studio album, A Ghost Is Born, including Best Alternative Music Album.

Wilco's The Whole Love was released in 2011.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1/14/2014

    Interesting on the band name. I always thought that Tweedy named it after a bench at Nashville Airport in Robert Altman's film as there is one you can see advertising for a Wilco Insurance Company...or something like that.