The goal of Wilco

Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy talks to the Chicago A.V. Club about making “challenging” music, or not:

People really think narrowly when it comes to those types of challenges, and the idea that something has to be aggressive or avant grade, or atonal, even, to be a challenge. I’ve found it to be the exact opposite. We literally put 15 minutes of noise on a record that did not raise an eyebrow, but if you make a pop song with Feist on it, people are going to cry like the sky’s falling. It’s really going to hurt somebody. Our goal is to make some shit that we fucking like to play and feel good about, with the knowledge that that doesn’t hurt anybody. You’re basically doing something that you love to do, and you’re not really hurting anybody.

Emphasis added. While it’s hard not to read that and think he’s quite possibly being more than a little defensive, it’s impossible to argue with the facts. As a huge fan of straightforward pop songs, I’d like to challenge anybody—including Tweedy himself—to write a song as thoroughly great as “New Madrid,” “Passenger Side,” or “Forget the Flowers.” Why do people think you have to get weird?

My two-year-old totally loves “Wilco (The Song)” and “I’ll Fight” from the new album. And what’s not to love? They’re simply good songs.

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Video: Wilco (ft. Feist) – “You and I” on Letterman 7/14

4 thoughts on “The goal of Wilco”

  1. “We literally put 15 minutes of noise on a record that did not raise an eyebrow,”

    Oh dude…I have to differ with you on that.

  2. The most frightening thing about reading that is the knowledge that I have written such assinine things before. For the record, I like Wilco a lot, and I think Jeff Tweedy is a find songwriter all on his own terms. There. That was almost normal.

  3. Best Tweedy line: “So I would point her to some Howlin’ Wolf records, and maybe just start there. That would be my prescription.”

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