July 22, 2008

Wilco plays someone else’s songs

Hey do you like Wilco? Of course you do. And most everyone likes covers (especially me). This is a jawdropping treasure trove of lovingly-assembled covers that Wilco has performed in concert over the years.

In this batch, you get covers of everyone from Bob Dylan to the Replacements to The Stooges. Oh, and a sweet hip-hop version of She’s A Jar, bitch.

Listen to Her Heart (9/10/95): Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Peace, Love and Understanding (4/17/96): Nick Lowe – (Golden Smog)

Love & Mercy (4/17/96): Brian Wilson – (Golden Smog)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (1/11/97): Jane Taylor

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (2/15/97): Carole King

Color Me Impressed (5/10/97): The Replacements

I Wanna Be Sedated (5/10/97): The Ramones

Drown (5/23/97): Son Volt

True Love Will Find You in the End (9/4/97): Daniel Johnston

Ever Fallen in Love (10/30/97): The Buzzcocks

Sunday Bloody Sunday (11/4/97): U2

Sugar Baby (11/7/97): Doc Boggs

Tear Stained Eye (11/7/97): Son Volt

If It Makes You Happy (11/7/97): Sheryl Crow

Won’t Get Fooled Again (11/7/97): The Who

Ingrid Bergman (3/26/98 ): Woody Guthrie/Billy Bragg

John Wesley Harding (3/26/98): Bob Dylan

100 Years from Now (6/12/98): Gram Parsons

James Alley Blues (8/30/98): Richard “Rabbit” Brown

A Fool Such As I (10/19/98): Elvis Presley

I’m Only Sleeping (11/12/98): The Beatles

Yesterday (11/15/98): The Beatles

Rainbow Connection (12/30/98): Kermit The Frog

She’s a Jar, hip-hop version (6/15/99): Wilco

Oklahoma USA (10/20/99): The Kinks
Thirteen (10/20/99): Big Star

Dreaming (10/21/99): Blondie

Any Major Dude (11/5/99): Steely Dan

Cock in My Pocket (11/5/99): The Stooges


Stay tuned for Part 2!

[image from St. Louis, credit Charles Harris]


  • sweet, I’m gonna have to take a listen to a few of these.

    uwmryan — July 22, 2008 @ 12:58 pm

  • This looks great, once again Heather you’ve made my day.

    Kev in STL

    Anonymous — July 22, 2008 @ 1:03 pm

  • awesome list!

    Amy Schramm — July 22, 2008 @ 1:07 pm

  • Cool! Thanks! for all these songs

    IE MUSIC — July 22, 2008 @ 1:18 pm

  • So much awesomeness, some of which I was aware of, and some that I was not…the Sheryl Crow cover is one I’m diggin!

    matt — July 22, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

  • brilliant

    thanks so much

    Glucose Digital — July 22, 2008 @ 1:39 pm

  • Awesome, thanks!

    V — July 22, 2008 @ 1:41 pm

  • Ooh, yes please!

    last year's girl — July 22, 2008 @ 1:57 pm

  • Wilco is, for my dollars, the best band playing rock music today. However, I just can’t listen to a cover of Thirteen that wasn’t done by Elliott.

    Anonymous — July 22, 2008 @ 3:11 pm

  • Heather, this is amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    goodnightrock — July 22, 2008 @ 3:25 pm

  • Hi There! Nice blog, it jsut happens that everytime I try to open a song, Firefox finds an error and closes itself. . .

    Diego — July 22, 2008 @ 3:32 pm

  • Workin’ fine with Firefox on my trusty mac.

    Got a lot of these scattered on traded CDs here and there… but all in one place? And zipped up pretty? Heather, I’m a happy girl. You officially rocked my day, woman!

    Ruralgurl — July 22, 2008 @ 4:35 pm

  • Jackpot!


    LBDG — July 22, 2008 @ 6:54 pm

  • Wow – didn’t know some of those existed. Thanks!

    Laura — July 22, 2008 @ 11:37 pm

  • thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou

    As if Jeff Tweedy’s neck beard alone didn’t make me happy enough already.

    KT — July 23, 2008 @ 12:17 am

  • Heather, I got Immigrant Song (Zep)from a show in Maine 7/3/00, if you want it for the mix

    jesselun — July 23, 2008 @ 4:48 am

  • Heather,

    You’ve really outdid yourself once again.

    Thanks a lot!

    Rob — July 23, 2008 @ 9:20 am

  • blah. sloppy stuff.

    Anonymous — July 23, 2008 @ 6:04 pm

  • radical. thanks.

    ismateo — July 24, 2008 @ 3:36 pm

  • wow thank you so much. i love wilco, they are my favorite band. i found a link to this on last.fm =)

    thank you again!

    Yvette — July 30, 2008 @ 11:57 am

  • wow, wow, let me say it one more time, wow! i went to univ of missouri from 88-92 (and worked at the blue note) and saw UT many times. since then, UT/Wilco have been one of my fav bands. pulling these together brings back many fond memories! saw Wilco’s first three shows ever at Lounge Ax (RIP) and 100s of times since, and always loved their covers. good stuff!

    Rob H — August 10, 2008 @ 3:51 pm

  • Tanks from Zaragoza (Spain) for the links!

    Francisco Javier Gutiérrez González — September 12, 2008 @ 1:52 pm

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