Wilco’s band recorded their record Yankee for Hotel Foxtrot in unique ways. One thing that stands out the most is the fact that the band produced, engineered and completely put the record together on their own. They considered the record to be an experiment and spent a lot of time changing things up with the music until they got their desired results. After waking the movie “I am Trying to Break Your Heart”,if I were to be the band manager, I would maybe consider handling some things in a different way.
When it comes to the record label and the changing relationship, I would advice the band to stay true to themselves. The record label wanted the band to change the record and I would have to agree with the band when they said no. It is their record and they are the artists, why should they change something that is a reflection of who they are? I think it was fine for the band to pull away from the record label because as a result, they ended up with more freedom to release the album the way they wanted to. The record label basically paid for the band to make the record, then turned around and gave it right back to the band which in my opinion was not smart on their part.
As far as the conflicts between Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett, I do not know if there was much to be done that could have helped the situation. The conflicts that they had would have more than likely ended up causing problems at some point in time. Jay and Jeff both had ideas that they wanted and both were not willing to back down from the other. In my opinion, Jay was ready to take more of the spotlight in the band and Jeff was not willing to give any of it up. Jay and Jeff are both the leader type and this situation is an example of too many chiefs trying to run the tribe. If I were the manager, I would maybe sit down and talk to the two and see if there was any kind of compromise. Maybe see if Jay could contribute to songwriting more and have the two collaborate on ideas together. In the end,...
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