Wilco is an American alternative rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 1994 by
the remaining members of alternative country group Uncle Tupelo following singer Jay Farrar's departure.
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Alternative rock, indie rock, experimental rock, alternative country, folk rock
The group named itself "Wilco" after the military and commercial aviation radio voice abbreviation
for "will comply", a choice which Tweedy has called "fairly ironic for a rock band to name themselves.
Jeff Tweedy - lead vocals, rhythm, acoustic and lead guitars, bass, harmonica
John Stirratt - bass, backing vocals
Glenn Kotche - drums, percussion
Mikael Jorgensen - Samples and Sound Manipulation (2002-2004),
keyboards, synthesizers, effects, piano, organ
Nels Cline - lead guitar, loops, lap steel
Pat Sansone - keyboards, rhythm and lead guitars, backing vocals, synthesizers, maracas, tambourine
Ken Coomer - drums, percussion
Max Johnston - dobro, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, backing vocals
Brian Henneman - lead guitar
Jay Bennett - rhythm and lead guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
Bob Egan - pedal steel, slide guitar
Leroy Bach - rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
When we ask people what their favourite record is we hope it is the most recent one each time. The experience is so fresh. I enjoy playing the material live and I loved the making of it. They are all very long experiences. We average about a year and a half making a record now and we are very happy with it.
It is interesting to talk about track order because as soon as a band gets on stage everything is juggled. 'Handshake Drugs' is the opener for the live act.
I'm sure it affected his personality but it is so easy to function with pill addiction. It didn't affect him all that much. He was still very functional. He was just doing a lot of damage to his body more than anything. Jeff has wrestled with depression and the intention was to make himself feel better. That is the hard thing with pills. You try to get to a place where you feel better. It is addiction all the same.
It is wonderful. Pat and I are both film buffs so we have a lot of history of listening to soundtracks so it is a wonderful way to work. We are working with different mediums other than music. You have to respond to cues. It is really creative.
-John Stirratt (on writing for films)