I saw Wilco three times last week. My body still aches from standing so much, which makes me really concerned about my body.
My favorite Wilco song is “Nothing’severgonnastandinmyway (Again)” off Summer Teeth. It was one of the first songs I heard by them. I was a freshman in college at the time and my friend who already knew the band well recommended it to me as a good place to start. I immediately got that “new favorite song feeling” you get when you hear something once and are immediately like, “Yeah. This.” The lyrics were somewhat applicable to what was happening in my life at the time. Also, it was happy-sounding and that was refreshing because it was a period of my life when I was gravitating towards extremely depressing music. I wasn’t interested in many artists who didn’t die prematurely. I was ready to hear a song I liked and not think, “It’s a shame about him.”
For a time, it was my jam. I even put it on a mix for a babe I had my eye on that year. The mix was called, “You Know Those Signals Of Disinterest You’ve Been Putting Out? I Haven’t Been Reading Those.”
Before this week I had seen the band five or six times and they never played that song. I talked myself out of wanting them to play it, thinking I would just be disappointed every time I saw them and that would be no way for a man to live.
Anyway, in the second show last week they played it. It felt great to finally get what I’d been wanting for for so long; and also, it’s very liberating to have nothing left to live for. What does one do with themselves when that happens? Start a podcast???
I couldn’t find a video of the song from the show I was at but here’s this one of them doing it somewhere else. I would have recorded one but I was too busy weeping and urinating myself.