Die Reisevideos der Pop Pilgrims hatte ich hier schon ein paar mal, in ihrem neuesten besuchen sie die Wilco Towers in Chicago, die eigentlich Marina City heißen, seit dem Jahr 2002 aber nur noch Wilco Towers genannt werden, weil sie auf dem Cover von Wilcos „Yankee Hotel Foxtrot“ abgebildet sind, vielleicht dem besten Album des Jahrzehnts.
Art has a powerful way of re-contextualizing the mundane. Take, for example, the towers pictured on the cover of Wilco’s much-lauded 2002 album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. These are buildings hundreds of thousands of people in Chicago see on a daily basis without giving them a second thought. As much as the buildings’ unique design sticks out in the city’s skyline, after a while, you just stop noticing.
Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and the band’s longtime graphic designer, Lawrence Azerrad (cousin of author Michael), were struggling with the design for Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. They wanted something that connected the band to its hometown, so they combed through hundreds of photos shot by Sam Jones (who would later release a film about the album called I Am Trying To Break Your Heart). Nothing was working until they saw a picture of Marina City. Azerrad removed the neighboring buildings from the image to keep focus on the towers, and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot had its cover. Paste ranked it number 18 in its list of the decade’s 25 best album covers, and nearly 10 years after the album’s release, Marina City is still called “the Wilco towers” by fans.
Und nach dem Klick noch ein paar Clips von Wilco, weil ich kann.