by carl wilson

The Wilco Challenge, Redux

To briefly revisit this, here's a listserv conversation I had today:

>Carl, you might like this Wilco article:

>"Great. Along with God, flag, and country, you now have to love the
> rock band Wilco, or be forced to account for yourself. Wilco isn't
> just a band, you see. It's a symbol, maybe even a movement. ...."

I probably would. However, I am forbidden to read it, because I promised. And for exactly the reason given above: Why should I have to confess anything about Wilco?

Why should I talk about Wilco when I could be talking about John Cale - what's your position on Hobosapiens, everybody? I thought I liked it, but in my second playing of the CD my wife said she hated it so much that I was implicitly forbidden to play it. And now I keep forgetting to put it on while she's out. How about you?

Why should I talk about Wilco when I could be talking about Jadakiss' new song that includes the line "Why did Bush knock down the Towers?" -- except of course that it doesn't include that line in any version released for any form of airplay?

Why should I talk about Wilco when I could be talking about Ray Charles? And Sticks & Stones?

Why should I talk about Wilco when I could be talking about Christian Fennesz or Junior Boys or Youssou N'Dour or Big & Rich or Loretta Lynn?

Or, hell, when I could be talking about Jay Farrar? Why can't I talk about Jay Farrar without that being somehow a species of Talking About Wilco?

Not to mention John Ashcroft, Jacques Derrida, Julie Delpy, Jack Layton, J.M. Coetzee, the Hidden Cameras and Les Mouches?

Life is too short to spend it explaining how I feel about Wilco when I don't feel anything about them at all.

Is talking about Wilco just the new price of white male historical guilt or something?

I gave at the fucking office.

carl w.

P.S. I really don't want to talk about Michael Moore much either.

P.P.S. Before you get your itchy "Comment" fingers going, yes, yes, I realize: Not talking about Wilco is the new talking about Wilco. What else you got?

On Record | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, July 15 at 5:40 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)



"Wilco is one of hundreds of perfectly pleasant bands whose music can come and go and make no difference whatsoever to me or - on any level I've yet heard anyone articulate - anybody else."

So true. Though, I own the new album (and the last) I certainly can't bring myself to gush over it. It will be played, enjoyed and forgotten until it shows up on peoples "best of '04" lists. Then I'll listen to it again to see if I missed anything, yet again I'll react pleasantly, perhaps even press the repeat button once. Then out of the CD player it will come.

Posted by Five on October 7, 2004 10:56 PM



Is there some kind of Jim O'Rourke conspiracy afoot. Wilco, Sonic Youth in T.O. at the same the sound of the latest Wilco release, maybe an impromptu jam will ensue...You'll pardon me if I'm missing something. I'm in Regina...DAMN!!!!

Posted by FlatPhil on July 29, 2004 1:21 PM




Zoilus by Carl Wilson