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Being There
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 29, 1996
RecordedSeptember 1995 – July 1996
  • Chicago Recording Company (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Warzone Recorders (Chicago, Illinois)
  • The Studio (Springfield, Missouri)
  • Moonshine Studios (Atlanta, Georgia)
Wilco chronology
Being There
Mermaid Avenue
Singles from Being There
  1. "Outtasite (Outta Mind)"
    Released: April 7, 1997[1]
  2. "Monday"
    Released: 1997

Being There is the second studio album by the American alternative rock band Wilco, released on October 29, 1996 by Reprise Records. Despite its release as a double album, Being There was sold at a single album price as a result of a deal between lead singer Jeff Tweedy and the band's label Reprise Records. The album was an improvement for the band in both sales and critical reception, in contrast to their debut album A.M. (1995). Taking its name from the 1979 film of the same name,[2] the self-produced album featured more surrealistic and introspective writing than on A.M.. This was due in part to several significant changes in Tweedy's life, including the birth of his first child. Musically, it juxtaposed the alternative country styles songs reminiscent of Uncle Tupelo with psychedelic, surreal songs. It was the only Wilco album with steel guitarist Bob Egan, their first with multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett and their last with multi-instrumentalist Max Johnston.


Jeff Tweedy formed Wilco in 1994 after creative differences between Jay Farrar and Tweedy caused the breakup of Uncle Tupelo. The band entered the recording studio almost immediately afterwards to record and release A.M. in 1995, which saw disappointing sales. Jay Farrar's new band Son Volt released Trace in late 1995 to critical praise and good sales numbers. Trace also provided a college rock hit song in "Drown", which entered the top ten of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, further increasing competition between the two bands.[3]

Tweedy felt that Wilco was incomplete without a second guitarist due to the departure of Brian Henneman after the A.M. recording sessions. Wilco's road manager Bob Andrews helped Tweedy get in contact with Jay Bennett, a multi-instrumentalist who had been looking for a new band to join since his power pop band Titanic Love Affair had been dismissed from its record label. Bennett joined Wilco after Tweedy sent him a few Uncle Tupelo songs and a copy of A.M.. Tweedy was intrigued by the fact that Bennett could play keyboards, an instrument no other Wilco member played.[4]


The first conceptions of material for the album came during a particularly stressful time in Tweedy's life. Tweedy had recently quit smoking marijuana, attendance at Wilco concerts was dwindling, and Tweedy was trying to manage his marriage, a mortgage, and the birth of his first child.[5] He responded to these pressures:[6]

I was a later bloomer. I was in my thirties before I even came to terms with the idea that I was making a living as a recording artist. I was in a punk band for a long time and thought it was my life. I was a bass player in a band making fifty dollars a night, paying eighty dollars a month in rent, making indie records and not getting paid for them, and having this naive sense of well-being that I would always do this and never have much more responsibility than that. I went from that to being a dad and a major-label recording artist who had the pressure of supporting a family and also making something I felt good about artistically.

For Being There, Tweedy wanted to blend the experiences he had making music with the ones he had listening to music. One of the first songs that Tweedy wrote was "Misunderstood", a song about a tortured musical artist from the point of view of a fan. The song contains several overt references to the breakup of Uncle Tupelo, including the addition of insults that Farrar used against Tweedy—specifically one calling him a "mama's boy". Part of the song's lyrics ("Take the guitar player for a ride/See, he ain't never been satisfied/He thinks he owes some kind of debt/Be years before he gets over it") are originally from Peter Laughner, an underground alternative rock artist from Cleveland that died at 24 in 1977, taken from his song "Amphetamine".[7][8] The song concludes with the artist lashing out against the listener with satirical self-pity, a rebellion against the way that fans saw Uncle Tupelo as only an archetype of Gram Parsons inspired country rock. To induce a feeling of chaos on the track, the members of Wilco recorded a track where the members switched to novel instruments and placed sections of it into the song.[9] The theme of a "tortured artist" is found in other songs as well; the end of "Sunken Treasure" features Tweedy calling for the renewal of his youth as a punk rocker.[10]

A dichotomy of musical styling was featured in the album's songs. "Hotel Arizona", "Sunken Treasure", and "Misunderstood" featured personal language and more surrealism compared to alternative country songs such as "The Lonely 1" and "Far, Far Away". To enhance this dichotomy between simple and surreal, each song was practiced, recorded, and mixed in only one day.[10] The album's name was taken from the 1979 comedy Being There, because the band believed that Peter Sellers' character Chance had an analogous mentality to the mindset of the album.[11] Wilco sought to incorporate influences from other bands, but not to an overbearing degree; however, they were unable to accomplish this with songs like the Rolling Stones-influenced "Monday".[10][12] Unlike radio-friendly A.M., the band had no preference about whether Being There could yield radio hits.[13]

When the recording sessions were done, Wilco had originally recorded thirty songs, but were able to cut it down to nineteen songs covering a span of seventy-seven minutes. Tweedy decided that he wanted to release all of the material as a double CD, but was concerned that consumers would be reluctant to purchase it. The purchasing price of a double album was at least $30, but single albums cost (at most) $17.98. Tweedy approached record executive Joe McEwen, who had originally signed Uncle Tupelo to a Warner Brothers label, about selling Being There at a single album price. McEwen was reluctant at first, but was able to convince Reprise Records president Howie Klein to adhere to Tweedy's request.[14] To compensate for the financial loss that the label would take, Tweedy agreed to cut most of his royalties for the album. By 2003, it was estimated that he lost nearly $600,000 because of this, but Tweedy remained satisfied by the deal.[15]

Being There was the only Wilco album with Freakwater's Bob Egan. Egan was invited to come to the studio after Freakwater opened for Wilco for a few shows. He only played on two tracks ("Far, Far Away" and "Dreamer in My Dreams"), but accompanied the band on the support tour. It was the last album for multi-instrumentalist Max Johnston, who left because he was undergoing marital problems and believed that Bennett was taking over his place in the band.[16] Jeff Tweedy performed as the lead singer and secondary guitarist. Jay Bennett was the lead guitarist, and also played a variety of other instruments. John Stirratt played bass guitar and Ken Coomer played drums. All members of the band played a different instrument on "Misunderstood".[17]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[18]
Entertainment WeeklyA[19]
The Independent5/5 stars[20]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[21]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[24]
The Village VoiceB+[26]

Being There was received positively by critics. AllMusic editor Jason Ankeny gave the album a four-and-a-half stars and referred to it as "the group's great leap forward." He praised the band's ability to juxtapose psychedelia and power pop with tracks that "wouldn't sound at all out of place on Exile on Main Street".[18] Greg Kot, writing for Rolling Stone, gave the album four stars and lauded how it "venture[d] out into an anxiety-ridden world sure thing ... the solace they continue to find in rock and roll."[7] Robert Christgau was more modest, writing "there's no point in denying Jeff Tweedy's achievement as long as you recognize its insularity."[26] Ryan Schreiber of Pitchfork called Wilco "massively improved as both a band and as songwriters" but also noted that "the two-disc set is really nothing more than a marketing scheme."[27] Being There was ranked the 14th best album of the year on The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop critics' poll for 1996.[28] In 2003, Pitchfork named it the 88th best album of the 1990s.[29] In 2004, Stylus Magazine placed 178th on their "Top 101–200 Favorite Albums of All-Time" list.[30] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[31]

The album was a marked improvement over A.M. on the Billboard charts. It peaked at number 73 on the Billboard 200, whereas A.M. failed to hit the chart at all.[32] "Outtasite (Outta Mind)" was released as a single, and received moderate airplay on some college rock radio stations.[33][34]

Track listing

All songs written by Jeff Tweedy. Verse 5 of "Misunderstood" interpolates lyrics from Peter Laughner's "Amphetamine".

Disc One
2."Far, Far Away"3:20
4."Outtasite (Outta Mind)"2:34
5."Forget the Flowers"2:47
6."Red-Eyed and Blue"2:45
7."I Got You (At the End of the Century)"3:57
8."What's the World Got in Store"3:09
9."Hotel Arizona"3:37
10."Say You Miss Me"4:07
Disc Two
1."Sunken Treasure"6:51
2."Someday Soon"2:33
3."Outta Mind (Outta Sight)"3:20
4."Someone Else's Song"3:21
6."(Was I) In Your Dreams"3:30
7."Why Would You Wanna Live"4:16
8."The Lonely 1"4:48
9."Dreamer in My Dreams"6:43



  • Jeff Tweedy – lead and backing vocals, guitars, bass, radio
  • John Stirratt – bass, piano, violin, backing vocals
  • Jay Bennett – guitars, piano, organ, harmonica, lap steel, drums, accordion, backing vocals
  • Ken Coomer – drums, percussion, guitars, backing vocals
  • Max Johnston – dobro, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, backing vocals
  • Bob Egan – pedal steel ("Far, Far Away"), national steel guitar ("Dreamer In My Dreams")

Additional personnel:

  • Greg Leisz – pedal steel ("The Lonely 1")
  • Larry Williams – tenor sax ("Monday")
  • Gary Grant, Jerry Hey – trumpet ("Monday")
  • Jessy Greene – violin ("The Lonely 1")
  • Dan Higgins – baritone sax, tenor sax ("Monday")
  • Chris Shepard, Jim Rondinelli – engineering[35]
  • Martin Stebbing, Lou Whitney, Skip Bryant – additional engineering
  • Ron Lowe, Mike Scotella – second engineering
  • Skip Saylor, Jim Scott – mixing
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering[36]
  • Dahn Davis – graphic design
  • Brad Miller – photography

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Being There:Charts & Awards: Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved August 20, 2009.
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (October 24, 1996). "Being There Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  3. ^ For an overview of the formation of Wilco, and the competition between Farrar and Tweedy, see Kot 2004, pp. 89–97
  4. ^ Kot 2004, p. 94.
  5. ^ Kot 2004, pp. 96–97, 109.
  6. ^ Kot 2004, p. 109.
  7. ^ a b c Kot, Greg (October 24, 1996). "Being There". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 19, 2007. Retrieved July 29, 2007.
  8. ^ Wilcox, Tyler. "Invisible Hits: Peter Laughner, Guitar Anti-Hero". Pitchfork. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  9. ^ Kot 2004, pp. 110–111.
  10. ^ a b c Kot 2004, pp. 112–113.
  11. ^ Kot 2004, p. 117.
  12. ^ Blackstock, Peter (September 1996). "Being There, Doing That". No Depression. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Last accessed July 28, 2007.
  13. ^ Kot 2004, p. 114.
  14. ^ Kot 2004, pp. 116, 201.
  15. ^ Kot 2004, p. 116.
  16. ^ Kot 2004, p. 115.
  17. ^ Being There liner notes, October 29, 1996. Reprise Records.
  18. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. "Being There – Wilco". AllMusic. Retrieved July 29, 2007.
  19. ^ Schinder, Scott (October 25, 1996). "Being There". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  20. ^ Gill, Andy (November 22, 2017). "Album reviews: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Bjork, and more". The Independent. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  21. ^ Scribner, Sara (October 27, 1996). "Wilco, 'Being There,' Reprise". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 12, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  22. ^ Bailie, Stuart (February 1, 1997). "Wilco – Being There". NME. Archived from the original on August 17, 2000. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  23. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (December 6, 2017). "Wilco: A.M. / Being There". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  24. ^ Kot, Greg (2004). "Wilco". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 873–74. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  25. ^ Vowell, Sarah (November 1996). "Wilco: Being There". Spin. 12 (8): 122–23. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  26. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (March 11, 1997). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  27. ^ Schreiber, Ryan (November 1, 1996). "Wilco: Being There". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on August 28, 2001. Retrieved July 29, 2007.
  28. ^ "The 1996 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. February 25, 2007. Retrieved July 11, 2007.
  29. ^ "Top 100 Albums of the 1990s". Pitchfork. November 17, 2003. p. 2. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  30. ^ Top 101–200 Favourite Albums Ever : The Stylus Magazine List - Article - Stylus Magazine
  31. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  32. ^ "The Billboard 200". Billboard. November 16, 1996.
  33. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks". Billboard. April 19, 1997.
  34. ^ "Hot Modern Rock Tracks". Billboard. March 15, 1997.
  35. ^ "Chris Shepard at Chicago Recording Company". Retrieved March 27, 2011.[dead link]
  36. ^ "Wilco - Being There". Retrieved May 8, 2021.



Veröffentlichungen von Wilco die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

Summerteeth ¦ Being There

Wilco auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

Wilco (2011) von links: Patrick Sansone, Mikael Jorgensen, Jeff Tweedy, Nels Cline, Glenn Kotche, John Stirratt
Wilco (2011)
von links: Patrick Sansone, Mikael Jorgensen, Jeff Tweedy, Nels Cline, Glenn Kotche, John Stirratt
Allgemeine Informationen
HerkunftChicago, Vereinigte Staaten
Genre(s)Alternative Country, Indie-Rock, Alternative Rock
Jeff Tweedy
John Stirratt
Ken Coomer (bis 2000)
Max Johnston (bis 1996)
Aktuelle Besetzung
Jeff Tweedy
John Stirratt
Glenn Kotche (seit 2000)
Mikael Jorgensen (seit 2002)
Nels Cline (seit 2004)
Pat Sansone (seit 2004)
Ehemalige Mitglieder
Bob Egan (1995–1998)
Jay Bennett (1995–2001) († 2009)
Leroy Bach (2000–2004)

Wilco ist eine 1994 gegründete US-amerikanische Rockband aus Chicago. Sie wird auch – vor allem mit ihren früheren Werken – dem Alternative Country zugerechnet. Darüber hinaus spielt sie Indie- und Alternative Rock, aber auch experimentelle Rockmusik.


Die ersten Alben

Wilco wurde im Jahr 1994 von Mitgliedern der aufgelösten Band Uncle Tupelo gegründet. Die ersten Alben A. M. und Being There sind noch sehr stark an countryesk-folkigen Klängen orientiert und von melancholischen Balladen geprägt. Das dritte Album Summerteeth enthält weniger Country-Elemente als die Vorgänger, hat aber noch den bis dato typischen Wilco-Sound. Eine Zäsur stellte das experimentellere, mit elektronischen Klängen und Samples aufgearbeitete Album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002) dar. Traditioneller orientierte Fans lehnten es als Renegatentum ab, aber es erreichte eine große neue Hörerschaft und wurde zum erfolgreichsten der frühen Wilco-Alben. Es erreichte Platz 12 der US-amerikanischen Albumcharts und machte Wilco nach den ersten, vornehmlich von den Kritikern gefeierten Alben auch über die USA hinaus bekannt.

Der Streit um Yankee Hotel Foxtrot und die Alben bei Nonesuch Records

Mit zum Erfolg von Yankee Hotel Foxtrot mag beigetragen haben, dass Jeff Tweedy im Zusammenhang mit dem Album einen langen Rechtsstreit mit der Plattenfirma Warner Music Group um die künstlerische Freiheit der Band geführt hatte. Das zu Warner gehörende Unterlabel Reprise Records lehnte die Veröffentlichung des Albums in der von der Band gewünschten Form ab, da es befürchtete, die elektronischen Experimente könnten von der potenziellen Käuferschaft des Albums abgelehnt werden. Die Band bestand jedoch auf ihrer Version und kaufte das Album dem Label ab. Es wurde auf der Wilco-Webseite als Web-Stream angeboten, bis sich eine neue Plattenfirma fand, die das Album veröffentlichen wollte. Diese fand sich mit Nonesuch Records, einem anderen Warner-Unterlabel. Von vielen Fans wurde der Erfolg der Band als Sieg im Kampf um die künstlerische Freiheit, des Independent-Gedankens und von David gegen Goliath gefeiert.

Im Jahr 2004 erschien der Nachfolger A Ghost Is Born, das in konsequenter Weiterführung des mit Yankee Hotel Foxtrot eingeschlagenen Wegs auch wieder mit elektronischen Klängen und Samples arbeitete. Es erreichte sogar Platz 8 in den Billboard-Charts und brachte Wilco 2005 zwei Grammy Awards ein, unter anderem für das beste Alternative-Album.

Im November 2005 veröffentlichten Wilco das Live-Doppelalbum Kicking Television – Live in Chicago, das im Mai desselben Jahres aufgenommen wurde, als die Band an vier aufeinanderfolgenden Abenden im Vic Theatre von Chicago spielte.

Am 11. Mai 2007 erschien mit Sky Blue Sky ein neues Wilco-Album. Zwei Wochen vor Veröffentlichungstermin konnte man das gesamte Album als Stream auf der offiziellen Website von Wilco hören.

Am 26. Juni 2009 erschien Wilcos siebtes Studioalbum Wilco (The Album). Auf diesem Album singt unter anderem als Gast Leslie Feist bei You and I. Das Album wurde vom Rolling Stone Magazine zum Album des Jahres 2009 ernannt. Die Veröffentlichung wurde teilweise vom Tod des 2001 bei Wilco ausgeschiedenen Ur-Mitglieds Jay Bennett, der am 24. Mai 2009 überraschend verstarb, überschattet.

The Whole Love

Im September 2011 erschien das Studioalbum The Whole Love.[1] Nachdem Wilcos Vertrag mit Nonesuch Records endete, wurde das Album vom neuen bandeigenen Label dBpm herausgebracht. Das Stück I Might wurde Ende Juni 2011 auf der offiziellen Bandhomepage als Web-Stream vorveröffentlicht. The Whole Love wurde sowohl von den Kritikern als auch den Lesern des deutschen Rolling Stone zum „Album des Jahres 2011“ gewählt.


Ende 2014 erschien das Boxset Alpha Mike Foxtrott mit rund 80 Raritäten und Liveaufnahmen der Band[2], sowie das Best-of-Doppelalbum What’s Your 20?

Mermaid Avenue

Auf Initiative von Nora Guthrie vertonten Wilco in einem gemeinsamen Projekt mit Billy Bragg Songtexte aus der Hinterlassenschaft ihres Vaters, des legendären Folksängers Woody Guthrie. Die beiden in Dublin aufgenommenen Mermaid Avenue-Alben von 1998 und 2000 wurden von Fans und Kritikern sehr positiv bewertet. Im Jahr 2012 erschien eine dritte Platte mit Outtakes sowie ein Boxset mit den drei Alben und der Dokumentation Man in the Sand.



JahrTitelHöchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen[3][4]
(Jahr, Titel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
1995A. M.
1996Being ThereUS73
(3 Wo.)US
1998Mermaid AvenueUK34

(4 Wo.)UK
(7 Wo.)US
Billy Bragg & Wilco
(2 Wo.)UK
(3 Wo.)US
2000Mermaid Avenue Vol. IIUK61
(1 Wo.)UK
(4 Wo.)US
Billy Bragg & Wilco
2002Yankee Hotel FoxtrotDE29
(5 Wo.)DE
(2 Wo.)UK

(19 Wo.)US
2004A Ghost Is BornDE41
(3 Wo.)DE
(1 Wo.)AT
(1 Wo.)UK
(9 Wo.)US
2005Kicking Television – Live in ChicagoUS47
(2 Wo.)US
2007Sky Blue SkyDE36
(3 Wo.)DE
(2 Wo.)CH
(2 Wo.)UK
(17 Wo.)US
2009Wilco (The Album)DE32
(3 Wo.)DE
(1 Wo.)AT
(2 Wo.)CH
(1 Wo.)UK
(13 Wo.)US
2011The Whole LoveDE14
(5 Wo.)DE
(2 Wo.)AT
(3 Wo.)CH
(2 Wo.)UK
(13 Wo.)US
2012iTunes Sessions (EP)US54
(1 Wo.)US
Mermaid Avenue Vol. III
Billy Bragg & Wilco
2014Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994–2014US46
(1 Wo.)US
Kompilation mit rund 80 Raritäten und Liveaufnahmen
2015Star WarsDE83
(1 Wo.)DE
(1 Wo.)CH
(1 Wo.)UK
(1 Wo.)US
(2 Wo.)DE
(1 Wo.)AT
(2 Wo.)CH
(1 Wo.)UK
(3 Wo.)US
2019Ode to JoyDE25
(1 Wo.)DE
(1 Wo.)AT
(2 Wo.)CH
(1 Wo.)UK
(1 Wo.)US

Weitere Veröffentlichungen

  • More Like the Moon EP (auch bekannt als Australian EP und Bridge EP) (2003)
  • Mermaid Avenue – The Complete Sessions (mit Billy Bragg) (2012)
  • What’s Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994–2014 (2014)


Höchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartsChartplatzierungen[3]
(Jahr, Titel, Album, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
1997Outtasite (Outta Mind)
Being There
(1 Wo.)UK
1998Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key
Mermaid Avenue
(1 Wo.)UK
Billy Bragg & Wilco
1999Can’t Stand It
(2 Wo.)UK
A Shot in the Arm
(1 Wo.)UK
2004I’m a Wheel
A Ghost ist Born
(1 Wo.)UK


  • I am Trying to Break Your Heart (Dokumentarfilm von Sam Jones, 2002, US:GoldGold)
  • Ashes of American Flags: Wilco Live (2009)


  • The Wilco Book (2004)
  • Wilco: Learning How to Die von Greg Kot (2004)


  1. New Wilco: "I Might", Amy Phillips, Pitchfork Magazine, 25. Juni 2011.
  2. Wilco: Eine Schlachtplatte für die Ohren, Rezension von Karl Fluch in Der Standard vom 13. Jänner 2015, abgerufen am 13. März 2015.
  3. a b Chartquellen: DE AT CH UK US
  4. Auszeichnungen für Verkäufe: USA (RIAA) / Großbritannien (BPI, Datenbanksuche)



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