the SUMMERTEETH poll

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because it's summer and all
actually had a mind to poll 'being there' since that's what i've been revisiting a lot lately. but.
included 'candy floss', but not the alternate take of 'shot in the arm'.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
a shot in the arm 9
via chicago 9
she's a jar 5
i'm always in love 5
can't stand it 3
nothing'severgonnastandinmyway(again) 3
when you wake up feeling old 2
how to fight loneliness 2
pieholden suite 2
ELT 0
my darling 0
we're just friends 0
summer teeth 0
in a future age 0
candy floss 0


Charlie Howard, Thursday, 22 January 2009 13:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

nothing'severgonnastandinmyway

Gorgeous Preppy (G00blar), Thursday, 22 January 2009 13:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

(again)

Gorgeous Preppy (G00blar), Thursday, 22 January 2009 13:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

^^ yeah that's a total winner.

i'm gonna have to go with 'how to fight loneliness' though. a song that i forced myself to play on guitar and assume the emotional gravity of the song and impart it in my own way.

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 22 January 2009 15:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

When You Wake Up Feeling Old

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 22 January 2009 15:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ah yes, back when Wilco we're good! This is actually a very difficult one. "Nothing'sever" is an obvious one, but then you've the title track to consider, "Can't Stand It", "We're Just Friends" et cetera et cetera. I'll have to mull.

Freedom, Thursday, 22 January 2009 16:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

this is like being forced to choose between one's children!

nonetheless, i picked "she's a jar."

Beatrix Kiddo, Thursday, 22 January 2009 16:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

boring answer, but "can't stand it"

Zeno, Thursday, 22 January 2009 16:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

^^legend has it that this was written in a day, at the label's insistence that there be a 'single'.

Gorgeous Preppy (G00blar), Thursday, 22 January 2009 16:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

i dont know if i can do this.

Booker van Permalink (Hunt3r), Thursday, 22 January 2009 17:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

^^legend has it that this was written in a day, at the label's insistence that there be a 'single'.

How appalling -- to actually want to sell records you put up money for.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 22 January 2009 22:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

shot in the arm

Cooking From A Stovetop (electricsound), Thursday, 22 January 2009 23:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

shot in the arm

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 January 2009 23:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm Always In Love

ablaeser, Friday, 23 January 2009 08:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

i think its shot in the arm

Booker van Permalink (Hunt3r), Friday, 23 January 2009 15:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

"something in my veins, bloodier than blood."

CarlosRamirez, Friday, 23 January 2009 15:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

Shot in the Arm for me too. Prob. one of my favorite tracks from the 90s ... This is still the best Wilco album for me, though I'm not a latter-day Wilco hater. This one is the best combination of the artiness and the kickass rock that they've done. Jay Bennett's finest hour, for sure! Kind of feel bad for that guy -- seems like this is as much his album as Tweedy's, but he's gotten such a bad rep from that movie.

tylerw, Friday, 23 January 2009 15:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

I was a sucker for "Pieholden Suite" at the time so I'll go with that. Probably next would be "In A Future Age". I wouldn't have said this at the time but the second half of this one looks a lot better to me now than the first half. "Via Chicago" still sounds pretty great too.

Euler, Friday, 23 January 2009 16:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

'via chicago' is epic! very unsettling too

agreed about the strength of the second half.

Charlie Howard, Saturday, 24 January 2009 01:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

"She's a Jar". Easily the best Wilco album. The earlier ones were too country, while the noughties ones have been increasingly weird.

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 02:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

i actually find this to be a more challenging record than YHF at times. in fact, a track like 'in a future age' seems to directly pre-empt what we hear on yankee.

Charlie Howard, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 02:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

i'm always in love.

gr8080, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 02:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

Geir, other than Impossible Germany, which is only 'weird' if long guitar solos are weird, how is Sky Blue Sky weirder than Summerteeth?

iatee, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 02:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah sorta seems to me that they've been pulling back from the "weird" since YHF ... "Ghost" has some "weirdness" (the 15 minute drone) but it's also got plenty of straight up folk rock ...

tylerw, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 04:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Via Chicago"

Bee OK, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 04:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

I like pretty much every song on this record but in the end I had to go with "She's a Jar."

"Candyfloss" is definitely the poppiest song they've ever done and I really love it.

ColinO, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 17:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

how exactly did Bennett get the bad rep from the movie when Tweedy was the one being an asshole in it?

a shot in the arm for me too probably. like this album.

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 17:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

Well, I think he comes across as kind of hard to work with ... Tweedy, too, but Bennett's the one who got kicked out of the band.

tylerw, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 17:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 29 January 2009 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

i was listening to "shot in the arm" with a mate a couple of weeks ago. he was saying "oh isn't this a nice, uplifting song". i was like "dude, he's pretty angry here if you care to listen a bit closer."

charlie h, Saturday, 18 September 2010 11:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

Compare this to Wilco (The Boring Album) and shudder.

PaulTMA, Saturday, 18 September 2010 13:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

i've put off listening to the latest one. i will finally get round to it one of these days.

charlie h, Saturday, 18 September 2010 14:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

This Sprint ad is on tv all the time now

The 60-second ad shows a chorus of 130 people using their EVO 4G LTE’s as virtual instruments to cover Wilco’s “I’m Always in Love.”

― curmudgeon, Tuesday, June 5, 2012 2:39 PM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 14:42 (six years ago) Permalink

bizarre results for this one. "Via Chicago" is the worst song on the album. Although, then again, it is more in keeping with the style of their later, boring albums, which lots of people also love, so...

Freedom, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 20:13 (six years ago) Permalink

"Shot in the Arm" though also got 9 votes

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 20:22 (six years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctMKP0B7DGA

markers, Wednesday, 13 June 2012 14:23 (six years ago) Permalink

ah curmudgeon already mentioned this i guess, but still. there's the ad!

markers, Wednesday, 13 June 2012 14:24 (six years ago) Permalink

Jeff Tweedy ain't no poet and he doesn't know it. So while I'm basically a pretty big fan of his band, Wilco songs that put lyrics first often make me wince. What's so great about the passive-aggressive bad dream of "Via Chicago"? Give me the title track of this album any day, another bad dream song saved by kaleidoscope arrangement, murmured delivery, and "it doesn't seem to mean anything". "ELT," meanwhile, envelops another passive-aggressive murder fantasy with juicy harmonies and the kind of insistent forward motion that "Via Chicago" steadfastly refuses. Two best songs on the album, for me. Wonder why they didn't get any votes - I guess preferring their uptempo stuff is atypical.

do dat do dat do do dat dat dat (thewufs), Wednesday, 13 June 2012 15:03 (six years ago) Permalink

i dunno, i think you answered your question -- "What's so great about the passive-aggressive bad dream of "Via Chicago"?" I always liked the way it was kind of answered back by the title track.

tylerw, Wednesday, 13 June 2012 15:16 (six years ago) Permalink

wilco 1999-2004 was the best wilco y'all

markers, Wednesday, 13 June 2012 15:18 (six years ago) Permalink

I wonder if they're making more money from that Sprint ad using “I’m Always in Love," than they have from the entire sales of "Summerteeth." I think it's my fave Wilco album.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 June 2012 16:16 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah, it's my fave. as good as the band tweedy has now is, jay bennett really rose to the occasion with this album. when it came out, i remember being a little shocked at how good it was!

tylerw, Wednesday, 13 June 2012 16:22 (six years ago) Permalink

it's easily and by far the best wilco album. i like all the others too to differing degrees but this is a pop masterpiece. maybe people don't want their wilco to be a pop band.

akm, Wednesday, 13 June 2012 16:31 (six years ago) Permalink

Gotta agree with Markers, though I adore "Being There" as well. I prefer them channeling the Beach Boys rather than the Grateful Dead.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 13 June 2012 17:48 (six years ago) Permalink

if you told me in 1999 that 13 years later "I'm Always In Love" would be sung by 100 people in a smartphone ad, I would have said "excuse me, they call things 'smartphones' in the future?"

da croupier, Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:02 (six years ago) Permalink

"Shot in the Arm" though also got 9 votes

― curmudgeon, Tuesday, June 5, 2012 4:22 PM (1 week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I love "Shot in the Arm". This album is great, yes. I did a double-take when I saw this commercial for the first time.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:14 (six years ago) Permalink

wtf @ zero votes for the title track. ILM wilco fans be trippin

Despite all my cheek, I am still just a freak on a leash (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:21 (six years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

20 years old tomorrow

Neus Anneus (voodoo chili), Friday, 8 March 2019 16:55 (two months ago) Permalink

something in my veins bloodier than blood

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 8 March 2019 16:56 (two months ago) Permalink

would've given a vote to "elt"

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 8 March 2019 16:57 (two months ago) Permalink

this was the most important album in the world to me in high school

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 8 March 2019 16:58 (two months ago) Permalink

so many great songs. when you wake up feeling old is is aural xanax, in a good way. how to fight loneliness is so tremendously executed that it doesn't matter how cliche it could've been. i'm always in love is the best power pop song since the '70s, and it almost definitely would've gotten my vote.

Neus Anneus (voodoo chili), Friday, 8 March 2019 17:01 (two months ago) Permalink

think this is still my fave wilco ... i remember being kind of shocked at how good it was when it came out!

tylerw, Friday, 8 March 2019 17:04 (two months ago) Permalink

this is def my favorite wilco. not even close.

mizzell, Friday, 8 March 2019 17:09 (two months ago) Permalink

bridge in "nothing's" is so weird and perfect

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 8 March 2019 17:35 (two months ago) Permalink

there should be more power-pop albums this sonically adventurous in the world

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 8 March 2019 17:41 (two months ago) Permalink

my fave album of '99 and it still is!

I don't think they ever bettered this

. (Michael B), Friday, 8 March 2019 17:49 (two months ago) Permalink

bridge in "nothing's" is so weird and perfect

― jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, March 8, 2019 12:35 PM (fifty-three minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

A watch that ticks is wrapped around my wrist
I'm a bomb regardless

Neus Anneus (voodoo chili), Friday, 8 March 2019 18:40 (two months ago) Permalink

when it came out, i remember being a little shocked at how good it was!

― tylerw, Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:22 PM (six years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

think this is still my fave wilco ... i remember being kind of shocked at how good it was when it came out!

― tylerw, Friday, March 8, 2019 5:04 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol at least i'm consistent (or just super boring)

tylerw, Friday, 8 March 2019 18:45 (two months ago) Permalink

...Just like Wilco!

Wow, 20 years. I still remember picking this up the Friday of that week at Borders. I'd just gotten onboard thanks to Mermaid Ave., and wanted to check out what their original stuff sounded like.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 8 March 2019 19:13 (two months ago) Permalink

My sister had a friend who used to bring us Austin newspapers, and I may also have been swayed by a Michael Coccoran piece about Tweedy being "Artist of The Decade" based partially off an advance copy of ST he'd heard.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 8 March 2019 19:19 (two months ago) Permalink

My fave Wilco album too

curmudgeon, Saturday, 9 March 2019 23:16 (two months ago) Permalink

Underwhelming and overcooked. Where they jumped the shark

calstars, Saturday, 9 March 2019 23:43 (two months ago) Permalink

Bought this album on the strength of Instant Street by dEUS, which I thought was by Wilco

PaulTMA, Saturday, 9 March 2019 23:57 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah this is probably my favorite too

ciderpress, Sunday, 10 March 2019 01:10 (two months ago) Permalink

I have a complicated relationship with this record as I remember feeling at the time that it was a bit of a comedown from the scrappy, expansive Being There (not to mentioned that it seemed to signal the direction they were going to head in for the rest of their career), but its high points are absolutely gorgeous: "A Shot in the Arm," "ELT," "In a Future Age," "Candy Floss" and "She's a Jar," the final line of which is still, um, jarring.

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Monday, 11 March 2019 04:41 (two months ago) Permalink

has always been my second favourite wilco album, but it's sounding better than ever to me at the moment

really miss what bennett brought to the band with the psych pop-tinged keys etc

ufo, Monday, 11 March 2019 05:15 (two months ago) Permalink

she's a jar

flappy bird, Monday, 11 March 2019 06:33 (two months ago) Permalink


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