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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 9, 1999
RecordedAugust 1997– November 1998
StudioPedernales Recording Studio (Spicewood, Texas)
Wilco chronology
Mermaid Avenue
Mermaid Avenue Vol. II
Singles from Summerteeth
  1. "Can't Stand It"
    Released: April 5, 1999
  2. "A Shot in the Arm"
    Released: June 28, 1999

Summerteeth (stylized as summerteeth) is the third studio album by the American alternative rock band Wilco, released on March 9, 1999 by Reprise Records. The album was heavily influenced lyrically by 20th century literature, as well as singer Jeff Tweedy's marital problems. Unlike previous albums, Summerteeth was heavily overdubbed in the studio with Pro Tools. Tweedy and Jay Bennett wrote most of the album in the studio, a contrast to the band's previous albums, which were often recorded live by the entire band with minimal overdubs.

The album was met with critical acclaim from numerous outlets, including AllMusic, the Chicago Tribune and The Village Voice. Summerteeth sold approximately 200,000 copies, a modest number compared to the sales of their previous album Being There (1996). Wilco agreed to remix "Can't Stand It" with David Kahne to cater to radio markets, but the single failed to attract substantial airplay.

Background and production

Wilco released Being There in 1996 to a higher level of commercial success than its first album, A.M., selling 300,000 copies (nearly double the number of its first record).[1] After the promotional tour to support Being There, Wilco began to record tracks for a third album. The initial Summerteeth recording sessions were in November 1997 at Willie Nelson's music studio in Spicewood, Texas. Lead singer Jeff Tweedy was particularly emotional during the sessions because he was upset that he was unable to spend time with his wife and son because of the constant touring schedule.[2] As a result, the songs recorded then reflected an introspective view that was also influenced by literature that Tweedy was reading at the time. While touring, Tweedy would read books by Henry Miller, William H. Gass and John Fante. According to Tweedy:[3]

I definitely wanted to get better at writing, and those things happened simultaneously with trying to read better. I would write tons of stuff in my head, and forget. Some songs on Being There, I don't think I ever wrote any lyrics down ... To fight that, I started writing words on paper and making up melodies to go with them. By writing things down, and putting more words into my head, it put more words in my mouth when I turned on the tape recorder to sing.

The sessions produced a number of songs, including "I'm Always in Love", "She's a Jar" and the Henry Miller-inspired murder ballad "Via Chicago".[2] Tweedy's relationship with his wife Sue Miller became the inspiration for several of the songs, although she was portrayed mostly in a negative sense. Miller was reluctantly willing to give Tweedy the creative license to write songs, but was concerned about lyrics such as "she begs me not to hit her" from "She's a Jar".

Before the album was completed, Wilco decided to collaborate with Billy Bragg on the album that became Mermaid Avenue.[4] Once the Mermaid Avenue sessions were completed, Wilco entered Chicago's Kingsize Soundlabs with engineers Dave Trumfio and Mike Hagler to finish Summerteeth. Tweedy and Bennett wanted to start the recording sessions again by experimenting with a new approach to mixing the songs. Unlike previous material, which was performed live in the studio, the pair heavily overdubbed many of the songs with Pro Tools. As a result, the contributions of other members were diminished.[5] To complement the "bold, but depressing" lyrics, Tweedy relied more heavily on the production skills of the multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett, who played a variety of instruments besides his usual lead guitar and keyboard work, including Mellotron, tambourine and synthesizers. Bennett even played the bass guitar and drums when the bass guitarist John Stirratt and drummer Ken Coomer were not in the studio.[6] Coomer was not pleased about a reduced role in the band:[7]

It was a circling of the wagons, and John and I felt left out. It was Jeff and Jay feeding off each other not just musically, but other vices. There was a bonding going on, and it didn't just involve music. Jeff didn't go into rehab [for an addiction to painkillers], but he should've, [sic] in my opinion. Jay was taking painkillers, antidepressants, and wasn't in much better shape. The band was different. There wasn't really a band, just two guys losing their minds in the studio.

After a series of personnel changes, Reprise Records sought to release a hit single from the album to increase album sales. Wilco agreed to do this "once and once only" on the basis that they wanted to cooperate with the label that allowed them such freedom.[8] The band and Reprise executives agreed to re-mix "Can't Stand It" to make it more radio-friendly. Within one day, the song was remixed into the version that appeared on Summerteeth, cutting out portions of the bridge and adding bells.[9] "Can't Stand It" failed to cross over from adult album alternative to modern rock radio stations.[10]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[11]
The Austin Chronicle4.5/5 stars[12]
Entertainment WeeklyA[13]
The Guardian5/5 stars[14]
Houston Chronicle4/5 stars[15]
Q4/5 stars[17]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[18]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[19]

Upon release, Summerteeth peaked at number 78 on the Billboard 200.[21] It was their first album to chart in the top 40 in the United Kingdom.[22] By 2003, it had sold over 200,000 copies.[23] The album was placed eighth on the Pazz & Jop critics' poll for 1999, and Pitchfork gave it position 31 in its list of the best albums of the 1990s.[24][25]

Jason Ankeny of AllMusic gave the album five stars, lauding its "lush string arrangements and gorgeous harmonies". Ankeny also compared the music on the album to The Band in their prime.[11] Pitchfork writer Neil Lieberman praised how Wilco "craft[ed] an album as wonderfully ambiguous and beautifully uncertain as life itself" and how Bennett "paint[ed] the album in Technicolor".[16] Robert Christgau gave the album a two-star honorable mention, calling it "old-fashioned tunecraft lacking not pedal steel, who cares, but the concreteness modern popcraft eschews".[26] The Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot championed the album in his review and ranked it the year's best album, calling it "pop so gorgeous it belies the intricate studio experimentation that brought it to life".[27][28]

Track listing

All songs written by Jay Bennett and Jeff Tweedy, except where noted.

  1. "Can't Stand It" – 3:46
  2. "She's a Jar" – 4:43
  3. "A Shot in the Arm" (Bennett, John Stirratt, Tweedy) – 4:19
  4. "We're Just Friends" (Bennett, Stirratt, Tweedy) – 2:44
  5. "I'm Always in Love" – 3:41
  6. "Nothing'severgonnastandinmyway(Again)" (Bennett, Stirratt, Tweedy) – 3:20
  7. "Pieholden Suite" – 3:26
  8. "How to Fight Loneliness" – 3:53
  9. "Via Chicago" (Tweedy) – 5:33
  10. "ELT" – 3:46
  11. "My Darling" – 3:38
  12. "When You Wake Up Feeling Old" (Tweedy) – 3:56
  13. "Summer Teeth" – 3:21
  14. "In a Future Age" – 2:57
Hidden tracks
  1. 23 seconds of silence (silence) – 0:23
  2. "Candyfloss" – 2:57
  3. "A Shot in the Arm" (Remix version) (Bennett, Stirratt, Tweedy) – 3:54
Canadian promo bonus disc
And Sum Aren't
  1. "I Must Be High"
  2. "Pick Up the Change"
  3. "Passenger Side"
  4. "Monday" (Demo Version)
  5. "I Got You (At the End of the Century)"
  6. "Hotel Arizona"
  7. "Outtasite (Outta Mind)" (Live)
  8. "Someone Else's Song"
  9. "Red Eyed and Blue" (Live)
  10. "Box Full of Letters" (Live)
  11. "Why Would You Wanna" (Live)
  12. "Forget the Flowers" (Live)
  13. "The Lonely 1"
  14. "Sunken Treasure" (Live)
  15. "At My Window Sad and Lonely"
  16. "Blasting Fonda"


  • Jeff Tweedy – vocals (1–14), electric guitar (1, 9), backing vocals (1, 2, 10, 11), acoustic guitar (2, 3, 6–9, 11–14), harmonica (2), 12-string guitar (3), synthesizers (3, 9), baritone guitar (5), claps (6), bass guitar (7), tambourine (7), toy harp (12), bowed and tremolo guitars (14)
  • Jay Bennett – piano (1, 3–9, 11, 13, 14), keyboards (1–3, 5–8, 10–13), bells (1, 13), percussion (1), backing vocals (1, 2, 4–8, 10–14), electric guitar (2, 10, 11, 13), tambourine (2, 6, 7, 9-11), lap steel (3, 13), synthesizers (3, 7, 10), drums (3, 5, 17), Farfisa (4), bass drum (4), bass guitar (5), baritone guitar (6, 11), e-bow guitar (6, 11), claps (6, 11), banjo (7, 9), organ (9, 14), Moog (9), slide bass (11), tiple (12)
  • John Stirratt – bass guitar (1–3, 6–14), backing vocals (4–8, 11–13), piano (5)
  • Ken Coomer – drums (1, 2, 5–14), timpani (3)
  • Leroy Bach – piano (12)
  • Dave Crawford – trumpet (7)
  • Mark Greenberg – vibraphone (11)
  • David Campbell — String arrangements (1)
  • Mitch Easter, Chris Grainger, Larry Greenhill, Mike Hagler, Russ Long, David Trumfio – engineers
  • David Kahne, Jim Scott – mixing
  • Mike Scotella – mixing assistant
  • Steve Chadie – assistant engineer
  • Lawrence Azerrad – artwork, graphic design


Chart performance for Summerteeth
Chart (1999)Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[29]62
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[30]5
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[31]51
UK Albums (OCC)[32]38
US Billboard 200[33]78

Appearance in media

"How to Fight Loneliness" can be heard at the end of "Something Old" episode of How I Met Your Mother and was included in the soundtrack of the movie Girl, Interrupted (1999), and at the end of "You Must Remember This" episode of House (Season 7 episode 12).

"My Darling" was included in season 1, episode 4 "The Deer Hunters" of "Gilmore Girls" (2000).

"Summerteeth" is mentioned as a minor plot-element in Jo Nesbø's novel Phantom (2012)

"She's a Jar" was featured in the movie The Darwin Awards (2006).[34]


  1. ^ Kot 2004. p. 126
  2. ^ a b Kot 2004. p. 138
  3. ^ Kot 2004 p. 136
  4. ^ Kot 2004. pp. 140–1
  5. ^ Kot 2004. pp. 154–5
  6. ^ Kot 2004. p. 156
  7. ^ Kot 2004. p. 157
  8. ^ Kot 2004. pp. 163–4
  9. ^ Kot 2004. p. 165
  10. ^ Kot 2004. p. 166
  11. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. "Summerteeth – Wilco". AllMusic. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  12. ^ Hess, Christopher (April 2, 1999). "Wilco: Summerteeth (Reprise)". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  13. ^ Flaherty, Mike (March 12, 1999). "Summer Teeth". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  14. ^ Sweeting, Adam (March 5, 1999). "Wilco: Summer Teeth (Reprise)". The Guardian.
  15. ^ Chonin, Neva (March 7, 1999). "Wilco Bares Its 'Teeth'". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  16. ^ a b Lieberman, Neil (February 28, 1999). "Wilco: Summerteeth". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  17. ^ "Wilco: Summerteeth". Q (151): 107. April 1999.
  18. ^ Kot, Greg (March 18, 1999). "Summerteeth". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ Clover, Joshua (April 1999). "Wilco: Summerteeth". Spin. 15 (4): 160. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  21. ^ "The Billboard 200". Billboard. March 27, 1999.
  22. ^ "UK Top 40 Hit Database". everyhit.com. Last accessed August 3, 2007.
  23. ^ Kot 2004. p. 167
  24. ^ "The 1999 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. Accessed August 3, 2007.
  25. ^ "Top 100 Albums of the 1990s". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 2007-05-04. Accessed August 4, 2007.
  26. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Wilco: Summerteeth". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  27. ^ Kot, Greg (December 5, 1999). "Greg Kot's Top 20 Albums of 1999". Chicago Tribune.
  28. ^ Kot, Greg (February 28, 1999). "Summerteeth (review)". Chicago Tribune.
  29. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 301.
  30. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Wilco – Summerteeth". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  31. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Wilco – Summerteeth". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  32. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  33. ^ "Wilco Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  34. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0428446/soundtrack


External links


Veröffentlichungen von Wilco die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:


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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