Wilco: A Ghost Is Born poll

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So as we anticipate Wilco (The Album) I thought it would be a good time to poll A Ghost Is Born. Here is what has been done so far by Wilco:

the SUMMERTEETH poll
Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot: Favorite Track

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
6. "Handshake Drugs" – 6:07 10
4. "Muzzle of Bees" – 4:56 7
10. "Theologians" – 3:36 6
3. "Spiders (Kidsmoke)" – 10:46 6
1. "At Least That's What You Said" – 5:33 5
5. "Hummingbird" – 3:11 5
8. "Company in My Back" – 3:46 3
7. "Wishful Thinking" – 4:41 2
2. "Hell Is Chrome" – 4:38 1
12. "The Late Greats" – 2:31 1
9. "I'm a Wheel" – 2:37 0
11. "Less Than You Think" – 15:04 0


Bee OK, Tuesday, 19 May 2009 23:56 (ten years ago) link

muzzle of bees

iatee, Wednesday, 20 May 2009 00:00 (ten years ago) link

spiders>handshake drugs>late greats>company>wishful>at least>the rest

Zeno, Wednesday, 20 May 2009 00:00 (ten years ago) link

the rest > spiders

iatee, Wednesday, 20 May 2009 00:00 (ten years ago) link

(the early,neil young styled live version of Late Greats is so good btw)

Zeno, Wednesday, 20 May 2009 00:01 (ten years ago) link

"handshake drugs"

kamerad, Wednesday, 20 May 2009 00:05 (ten years ago) link

this poll doesn't work for me :(

handshake drugs >>>>>>>>>>> muzzle of bees > less than you think >>> spiders > the late greats >> wishful thinking >>>> at least that's what you said

the rest is kinda irrelevant tbh

cumlord smedley (country matters), Wednesday, 20 May 2009 00:06 (ten years ago) link

otm
belongs to the type albums which are more or less half great half boring

Zeno, Wednesday, 20 May 2009 00:19 (ten years ago) link

As far as I'm concerned "Spiders (Kidsmoke)" justifies their entire spotty career. Voted for that one. Play it loud.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Wednesday, 20 May 2009 03:57 (ten years ago) link

"Wishful Thinking", just barely over "Spiders (Kidsmoke)".

homage is parody gone sour (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 20 May 2009 04:36 (ten years ago) link

is this album where the practice of using greater than and less than signs originated? because that's retarded.

macaulay culkin's bukkake shocker (bug), Wednesday, 20 May 2009 06:25 (ten years ago) link

Company In My Back. Didn't even have to think about it.

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 20 May 2009 06:33 (ten years ago) link

i'm deliberating between 'at least that's what you said' and 'theologians'. might go with the former because it's exciting and has that awesome instrumental break.

Charlie Howard, Wednesday, 20 May 2009 08:13 (ten years ago) link

Hummingbird, even if it is this album's Jesus Etc..

the next grozart, Wednesday, 20 May 2009 08:27 (ten years ago) link

Wishful Thinking. Didn't even have to think about it.

I wanna be your toy boy (a hoy hoy), Wednesday, 20 May 2009 08:37 (ten years ago) link

went for 'theologians', could have easily been swayed by 'hummingbird' or 'spiders' or pretty much any of the others instead...

william snakespeare (braveclub), Wednesday, 20 May 2009 10:31 (ten years ago) link

basically for a while i had a different favourite from this album every day.

william snakespeare (braveclub), Wednesday, 20 May 2009 10:33 (ten years ago) link

Easy, Company in My Back.

Jim, Wednesday, 20 May 2009 11:01 (ten years ago) link

Bee OK, Thursday, 21 May 2009 00:59 (ten years ago) link

wishful thinking! theologians came close.

borntohula, Thursday, 21 May 2009 03:12 (ten years ago) link

this is my least favorite Wilco album (haven't yet heard A.M.). i think it's all because of the song "Less Than You Think," it's a horrible idea and it goes on for over 15 minutes. the song might work if it wasn't Wilco but to put that on an album just brings it down a couple of pegs.

Bee OK, Saturday, 23 May 2009 02:44 (ten years ago) link

Theologians

ablaeser, Saturday, 23 May 2009 02:45 (ten years ago) link

i will defend to the death an artist's right to commit stuff like "less than you think" to tape, even/especially within an album context

also it is a fantastic piece of music and conveys illness better than anything else i have ever heard

Local Gouda (country matters), Saturday, 23 May 2009 02:48 (ten years ago) link

fair enough, but at one time songs like that would become B-sides and not put on albums...

Bee OK, Saturday, 23 May 2009 03:34 (ten years ago) link

i'm happy to concede an artist's right to commit a song like "less than you think" to tape, but it remains an awful, indulgent and dull piece.

Charlie Howard, Saturday, 23 May 2009 05:28 (ten years ago) link

i mean wilco are one of my very favourite bands, but surely there's barely anyone out there who can make it through that track without a good deal of toil and impatience. for mine, it's a bit of a blight on the album and a stroke of poor judgment - i wonder how it made it so far off the drawing board.

Charlie Howard, Saturday, 23 May 2009 05:34 (ten years ago) link

"Muzzle of Bees". I've read that Tweedy struggles with migraines, and I hear the song as illustrating the gradual return of one after the pain medication's worn off, until it's fully raging.

dulce est desipere in loco (Euler), Saturday, 23 May 2009 14:02 (ten years ago) link

I think it's gotta be the first song, one of Tweedy's prettiest melodies. I love the imagery in the second verse of the girl tending to the singer's black eye she herself gave to him. And the instrumental breakdown is great, Tweedy actually sounds raw and emotional soloing. (I'm pretty sure it's him on lead.)

I gotta admit I don't really fuck with this band too much anymore but what I've heard from the new one sounds great, will definitely get it.

ColinO, Saturday, 23 May 2009 16:45 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 23 May 2009 23:01 (ten years ago) link

Don't really know how anyone could choose anything other than At Least That's What You Said

less than you think is pretty great too. the wire review at the time said it was challenging *in the context of the album* which makes sense to me and I totally buy into LJs position on it

at least that's what you said.

akm, Saturday, 23 May 2009 23:54 (ten years ago) link

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

System, Sunday, 24 May 2009 23:01 (ten years ago) link

missed this poll. would have gone for either At Least That's What You Said for awesome guitar action or Wishful Thinking

The Devil's Avocado (Gukbe), Sunday, 24 May 2009 23:02 (ten years ago) link

yay ILM in OTM shocka

Local Gouda (country matters), Sunday, 24 May 2009 23:02 (ten years ago) link

And I didn't vote coz of some mod glitch so it's really 11

Local Gouda (country matters), Sunday, 24 May 2009 23:03 (ten years ago) link

nice to see the two most pointless tracks getting 0 votes

Charlie Howard, Monday, 25 May 2009 08:42 (ten years ago) link

four years pass...

the chances are probably pretty low that they'll ever make another record as good as this

markers, Wednesday, 26 March 2014 01:54 (five years ago) link

true, although One Sunday Morning is still their best song by suuuuch a long way (imo of course)

imago, Wednesday, 26 March 2014 01:59 (five years ago) link

Wilco's best song is Hey Jealousy

waterbabies (waterface), Wednesday, 26 March 2014 02:01 (five years ago) link

Top result is right

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 26 March 2014 02:54 (five years ago) link

i wouldn't have voted for it. probably "at least that's what you said"

markers, Thursday, 27 March 2014 01:30 (five years ago) link

not that it's bad.

markers, Thursday, 27 March 2014 01:31 (five years ago) link

feel like "i'm a wheel" would've come in last for me

markers, Thursday, 27 March 2014 01:31 (five years ago) link

"I'm a wheel" comes last in nearly every poll I can imagine.

POO: the blossom or full flower of the evening (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 27 March 2014 01:54 (five years ago) link

it's just slight compared to everything else. like "i might" on the last record

markers, Thursday, 27 March 2014 01:55 (five years ago) link

There's a great, early, slow Neil Young-ish version of Late Greats performed live but I can't find it...

nostormo, Thursday, 27 March 2014 06:00 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

"less than you think" is such an amazing piece

flappy bird, Sunday, 3 May 2015 06:27 (four years ago) link

eleven months pass...

wishful thinking is so good

Treeship, Monday, 18 April 2016 13:13 (three years ago) link

less than you think is also amazing. the long outro of gentle noise is good, especially when capped off with the light, philosophical "the late greats".

Treeship, Monday, 18 April 2016 13:19 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

this is the best wilco album

treeship., Wednesday, 6 November 2019 03:02 (two weeks ago) link

i think that goes to Sky Blue Sky but i know that is not a very popular opinion.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 03:06 (two weeks ago) link


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