Wilco – Being There (1996)
Unbelievable USA logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming
USA Artists (so far): Aimee Mann, Marty Robbins, D’Angelo, The Modern Lovers, Bruce Springsteen, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, Steely Dan, Grant Lee Buffalo, 2Pac, Harry Nilsson, Linkin Park, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Randy Newman, The Monkees, Liz Phair, The Byrds, Anita Baker, Circle Jerks, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wilco
It’s Wilco’s fault that I started the 1001 project.
Or at the very least, if not entirely culpable, they were certainly a catalyst.
I can picture myself in mid-2011, listening to Summerteeth repeatedly, thinking to myself, now this is Music. Man, do I ever I know what I like!
Which isn’t an incorrect observation, per se.
But I eventually came to an important and somewhat frightening realization: I’ve started to put up walls.
My mind was starting to close, my willingness to explore different artists was dwindling, statements bemoaning the state of 21st Century music like, “There hasn’t been a great album since OK Computer,” were being made all too frequently by yours truly.
Yes I knew what I liked; but more accurately, I liked what I knew.
So for the last 5 years, beloved albums like Being There have been ignored in favour of a whole lotta new album exploration.
500 albums later, Wilco, it’s wonderful to be back. Let’s never fight again!
Jeff Tweedy + Parks & Rec = As amazing as you’d think
Do you prefer Outtasite (Outtamind) or Outta Mind (Outta Sight)?
Believe it or not, these are 2 separate tracks on Being There.
While I’ve always held the former in high regard, I used to be offended by the latter.
Outta Mind is essentially a remix, but not your teenager’s remix. It’s more like your toddler’s remix; if you can somehow not sing the theme to Sesame Street over the first few notes, you’re stronger than I’ll ever be.
Though five years later, I’m no longer offended by the Sesame Street-esque feel. Now it just feels like my music & my kids’ music are colliding!
But the track wordplay got me thinking about how I’d somehow gone 5 years between listens.
Was Being There stuck on the shelf:
a) Because it was buried with the ‘W’ artists & I didn’t think of it (outtasite, therefore outta mind)
b) Because I wasn’t thinking of Wilco & was overlooked as a result (outta mind, therefore outta sight)
As it often is, it’s probably a little from column A, a little from column B.
Either way, it shan’t be stuck on the shelf for half a decade again!
Verbalize the Positive
I appreciate that in a recent review, Jimmy @ KingCrimsonProg decided an album was a good one if it was “an album I’ll be listening to in five years time.” And it was such a neat album evaluation metric, I simply had to borrow it – cheers Jimmy!