Tuesday, December 12

Wilco.


Wilco is based in Chicago Illinois.

The band was formed by musician and songwriter Jeff Tweedy in 1995 after the breakup of group Uncle Tupelo.

Here is a sampling of Wilco, the first being "Handshake Drugs" from A Ghost is Born. It's got that off-kilter, herky, jerky,shaggy sound that totally fits with the lyrics. I can just picture middle class suburban kids making the trip into the city to pick up some stuff.
It's got great lyrics. (underneath video)


"Handshake Drugs"
I was chewin' gum for something to do
The blinds were being pulled down on the dew
Inside, out of love, what a laugh
I was looking for you
Saxophones started blowing me down
I was buried in sound
Taxicabs were driving me around
To the handshake drugs I bought downtown
To the handshake drugs I bought downtown
They were translated poorly, I felt like a clown
I looked like someone I used to know
I felt alright
And if I ever was myself
I wasn't that night
Oh it's okay for you to say
What you want from me
I believe that's the only
Way for me to be, exactly
What you want me to be
Oh it's okay for you to say
What you want from me
I believe that's the only
Way for me to be
Exactly what you want me to be
Oh I was chewin' gum for something to do
The blinds were being pulled down on the dew
Inside, out of love, what a laugh
I was looking for you
Saxophones started blowin' me down
I was buried in sound
The taxicabs were driving me around
To the handshake drugs I bought downtown
To the handshake drugs I bought downtown
Oh it's okay for you to say
What you want from me
I believe that's the only
Way for me to be
Exactly what do you want me to be?
Exactly what do you want me to be?
Felt like a clown
They were translating poorly
I looked like someone I used to know
And if I ever was myself,
I wasn't that night
Exactly what do you want me to be?
Exactly what do you want me to be?


This is "Can't Stand It" from SummerTeeth. This song got a lot of air-play around here. I like it. Has a familiar sound to it.





The last is "Jesus, etc" from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. I'ts sooo good. Smooth.



Another CD worth noting is Being There. (named after the Peter Seller's movie of the same name). I've seen them at the Taste of Chicago. They just recently played Lollapalooza in Chicago. I wish I knew you could bring in video cameras. Next year.

4 comments:

Melanie said...

Aaaaaah Wilco :) Great post! I like when you post the lyrics with the video/audio :)

Deb said...

I'd tried (unsuccessfully) to comment before. I like the lyrics posting as well...great stuff. That stops me from singing thing like "my teeth are cold I wanna cry" instead of "my tea's gone cold I'm wondering why"!

busterp said...

Thanks Melanie for stopping by.

Hey Deb, I know what you mean about lyrics. I like your version better. Ha.

(I guess there were problems commenting. Appreciate your sticking in there.)

Melanie said...

PS it's me Mellowlee/Melanie
For some reason beta blogger likes to mess around with my name/nickname.
Ah well, you know who it is :)
Im off to bed, my neck is killing me and it's been a helluva a week
xoxo