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Wilco is an alternative rock/alt-country band from [[TheWindyCity Chicago]]. After the band Uncle Tupelo split, Jay Farrar started Son Volt while Jeff Tweedy started Wilco. Originally the band had a heavy [[CountryMusic alternative country]] influence, but shifted in a more ProgressiveRock direction with later releases. In addition to their original work, they also released two albums in collaboration with English folksinger Billy Bragg, in which they took unpublished Woody Guthrie lyrics and set them to music.

Releases:
* ''A.M.'' (1995)
* ''Being There'' (1996)
* ''Summerteeth'' (1999)
* ''Yankee Hotel Foxtrot'' (2002)
* ''A Ghost Is Born'' (2004)
* ''Kicking Television: Live in Chicago'' (2005)
* ''Sky Blue Sky'' (2007)
* ''Wilco (The Album)'' (2009)
* ''The Whole Love'' (2011)

With Billy Bragg:
* ''Mermaid Avenue'' (1998)
* ''Mermaid Avenue Vol. II'' (2000)
* ''Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions'' (2012), which includes both of the above plus the previously unreleased ''Vol. III''

[=DVDs=]:
* ''Man in the Sand'' (1999)
* ''I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco'' (2002)
* ''Ashes of American Flags'' (2009)

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* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Yankee Hotel Foxtrot'' in "Poor Places".
* AnimatedMusicVideo: The music video for "Dawned on Me", featuring none other than {{Popeye}} and the band itself.
* BreakupBreakout: Jeff Tweedy formed the band after the breakup of Uncle Tupelo, but nowadays people are more familiar with Wilco.
* CurseCutShort: "Monday" ends with a shouted ''"Son of a...!"''
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: Averted. They encourage recording of their live shows.
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Being There''. Rather unusual in that this was done for artistic reasons rather than space limitations. (Tweedy actually agreed to take a loss on royalties for the album in exchange for the label agreeing to retail it at a single-album price.)
* DroneOfDread: "Less Than You Think"
* EpicRocking: Particularly on ''A Ghost is Born'' and ''The Whole Love''. "Art of Almost" clocks in at seven minutes, while two songs from ''Ghost'' are ten minutes and fifteen respectively (Spiders and Less Than You Think). {{Subverted|Trope}} with "One Sunday Morning", which, at 12 minutes, is certainly epic, but is almost entirely acoustic.
** ''Sky Blue Sky'' has "Impossible Germany", which isn't as long as the other examples, but is a more conventional form of EpicRocking due to a guitar solo occupying its last several minutes.
* GenerationXerox: Tweedy's son Spencer is a talented musician in his own right.
* HeavyMeta: "Heavy Metal Drummer". Subverted in that it's not a heavy metal song.
** "Wilco (The Song)" probably counts too, due to being self-referential.
* LastNoteNightmare: Several tracks on ''Yankee Hotel Foxtrot'' and ''A Ghost is Born'' degenerate into white noise at the end.
** "Ashes of American Flags" combines this with FadingIntoTheNextSong, as warped snippets of "Heavy Metal Drummer" can be heard near the end of it.
** "Poor Places" actually includes an AlbumTitleDrop in the middle of its concluding noise freakout.
** "Less Than You Think" might be the most notorious example, tacking upwards of ''ten minutes'' of hellish noise onto the end of an otherwise soft and unassuming acoustic song. Might also be a case of ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, since the actual song ends less than a third of the way into the track.
* LikesOlderWomen: Tweedy's wife is almost exactly ten years older than him.
* LiveAlbum: ''Kicking Television''
* NotChristianRock: "Christ for President", "Airline to Heaven"
* [[PerishingAltRockVoice Perishing Indie Rock Voice]]: Prevalent on ''Yankee Hotel Foxtrot'', especially in "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart".
* PosthumousCollaboration: The ''Mermaid Avenue'' project.
* ProtestSong: As you might suspect from the Guthrie/Bragg connection, the ''Mermaid Avenue'' albums have a few of these: "Christ for President", "The Unwelcome Guest", "All You Fascists", etc.
* RevolvingDoorBand: Jeff Tweedy and John Stirratt have been the only constants in Wilco's two-decade-long history.
* {{Rockumentary}}: ''Man in the Sand'' is about Wilco's collaboration with Billy Bragg on the ''Mermaid Avenue'' project, while ''I Am Trying to Break Your Heart'' chronicles the making of ''Yankee Hotel Foxtrot'' and the tensions that led to Jay Bennett's departure from the band.
* SelfTitledAlbum: ''Wilco (The Album)'', which contains the song "Wilco (The Song)".
* SesameStreetCred: They contributed "Just a Kid" to the soundtrack of ''TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie''.
* ShoutOut: ''Being There'', to [[BeingThere the film of the same name]].
** And the song "Heavy Metal Drummer", which name-drops the band {{Music/KISS}}.
* WelcomeToTheBigCity: "Capitol City" describes the strain that one person's move to the big city puts on a relationship, due to the other person not being likely to enjoy life there.
* WordSaladLyrics: [[http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/09/watch-wilcos-new-born-alone-video-and-read-the-story-behind-its-lyrics/244656/ According to Tweedy himself]], the lyrics to "Born Alone" were inspired by picking out random words from a book of 19th-century American poetry.
** Many of Wilco's songs have bits and pieces of this. Take the opening lyrics to "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart":
--->''I am an American aquarium drinker\\
I assassin down the avenue''
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