Was a huge Wilco fan for a long time. Wilco the album was the point where I started to lose a bit of interest.
Saw them live for the first time when they were touring Whole Love and it was probably the most disappointed I’ve ever been at a gig. Couldn’t fault the musicianship - they are seriously talented musicians. But there was no audience interaction whatsoever. I mean, none. I might as well have been listening to the album at home.
Maybe it was a bad night. Dunno. Still listen to the earlier stuff regularly. YHF is a seminal album. Being There is amazing. All the albums before Wilco are.
But that gig kinda ruined them for me. It just seemed very sterile. Felt like they didn’t really want to be there.
Full disclosure: if anyone’s seen the Mermaid Avenue documentary, I’m on Billy Bragg’s side. Tweedy just seems like a bit of a mardy bugger to me. That doesn’t help with endearing him to me. (Bet he’s gutted.) Loved him in Parks and Rec though…