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Wilco - Interview with Dermot O'Leary

Dermot's joined by Wilco in the Radio 1 studio for a chat.

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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. Wilco's lineup changed frequently during its first decade, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. Since early 2004, the lineup has been unchanged, consisting of Tweedy, Stirratt, guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, keyboard player Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released eight studio albums, a live double album, and four collaborations: three with Billy Bragg and one with The Minus 5.

Wilco's music has been inspired by a wide variety of artists and styles, including Bill Fay, The Beatles and Television, and has in turn influenced music by a number of modern alternative rock acts. The band continued in the alternative country of Uncle Tupelo on its debut album A.M. (1995), but has since introduced more experimental aspects to their music, including elements of alternative rock and classic pop. Wilco's musical style has evolved from a 1990s country rock sound to a current "eclectic indie rock collective that touches on many eras and genres."

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Whole Love

    The Whole Love 2011

    Reviewed by James Skinner
    Their most adventurous, confident and engaging record in years.
  2. Review of Wilco (The Album)

    Wilco (The Album) 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    This is still unmistakably a Wilco album.
  3. Review of Sky Blue Sky

    Sky Blue Sky 2007

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Overall this is Wilco returning to their alt-country playground while not abandoning...
  4. Review of Kicking Television

    Kicking Television 2005

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Alt country is no longer their playground; they make Wilco music and it's much, much...
  5. Review of A Ghost Is Born

    A Ghost Is Born 2004

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Tweedy and co. are just doing what comes naturally, in a natural way again.
  6. Review of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

    Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Wilco...need never aplogise for their increasingly eclectic approach. Yankee Hotel...
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