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Do you like Wilco?... (24.15)

Elena Gabriel: This may sound like a weird non-answer-question thing, but do you like Wilco? Yeah.

Wendy: Yes, I love the one with "Jesus, don't cry…”

Elena Gabriel: Yeah, me too, because in that one, Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett had found in each other a perfect mind meld. They communicated on a level few ever reach. But the thing about Wilco in that moment is, it was never that good again. Bennett left the group. Somehow, even though each had to know the other made him better, they just couldn't find a way to keep going together.

Wendy: Did the band break up?

Elena Gabriel: No. Even without Bennett, Wilco was Wilco. It kept trucking along.

Wendy: And Bennett?

Elena Gabriel: He died, just a couple years later. He OD'd. Somehow, on his own, he couldn't keep it together. Makes you wonder how you can find a true partner and keep them.

Wilco is an American alternative rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of alternative country group Uncle Tupelo following singer Jay Farrar's departure. Wilco's lineup changed frequently during its first decade, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. Since early 2004, the lineup has been unchanged, consisting of Tweedy, Stirratt, guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, keyboard player Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released ten studio albums, a live double album, and four collaborations: three with Billy Bragg and one with The Minus 5.

The song Wendy is referring to is Jesus Don’t Cry from the band’s 2002 album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.