Probably you know Wilco are a Chicago-based alt-country band fronted by Jeff Tweedy. With an stunning discography at their backs, their 2002 album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot put them on the front lines of the indie rock scene, although their three prior albums had already been getting plenty of attention. Even though, you might be surprised by these 10 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Wilco:
1- You already know Jeff Tweedy was a founding member of Uncle Tupelo, but did you know three other original Wilco members played with the alt-country pioneers in the early ’90s, too?
2- Wilco’s name comes from the abbreviated version of the army radio command ‘Will Comply,’ which Jeff Tweedy felt was ironic.
3- Wilco recorded their third album, ‘Summerteeth,’ in Willie Nelson’s studio in Spicewood, Texas.
4- Their most celebrated album, ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,’ was dangerously close to never being released. Their label at the time, Reprise Records, refused to release it. The band left the label and streamed it for free online — later officially releasing it and selling half a million copies.
5- Jeff Tweedy, drummer Glenn Kotche and collaborator Jim O’Rourke are in a Wilco-like side project called Loose Fur.
6- Wilco have been featured in two documentaries: I Am Trying To Break Your Heart depicts the creation of Yankee Foxtrot Hotel and Man in the Sand documents Wilco and Billy Bragg’s collaboration on Mermaid Avenue.
7- Wilco’s ‘Walken,’ from ‘Sky Blue Sky,’ was featured in a 2007 Volkswagen commercial.
8- Wilco host their own annual music and arts festival in the northeast called Solid Sound Festival.
9- The original cartoonists for the show ‘Popeye’ came out of retirement 30 years later to hand-draw Wilco’s ‘Dawned On Me’ music video.
10 - Jeff Tweedy is also a budding television star as of late, appearing on both ‘Parks and Recreation’ and ‘Portlandia’