I don’t know how much the AAA chart (Adult Album Alternative – think “The River, Mountain, Crossroads or Coast” radio stations) moves records, but I hope it does and sells some for Wilco. Tonight I heard Kyle singing, “I don’t caaaaare anymore,” which blew my mind! “Kyle, are you singing a Wilco song?” “Yeah, BECAUSE YOU GOT IT STUCK IN MY HEAD!” was his feigned angry reply. Washing dishes, I had been singing the catchy chorus and after hearing Kyle mimicking thought, “You Never Know” would be such a great single! It’s a breezy, jangly summertime song with great harmonies, and sure enough, Wikipedia states it’s #4 on the Billboard AAA chart. That got me thinking about head Wilcee Jeff Tweedy. The guy is a brilliant songwriter and musician and he’s been at it with Wilco for nearly 15 years! I wonder how important a hit record would be to him… As imperative as it was to Eric Carmen in 1974? You never know.
“I just want a hit record, yeah
Wanna hear it on the radio
Want a big hit record, yeah
One that everybody’s got to know”
Overnight Sensation (Hit Record),
Written by Eric Carmen and first appeared on The Rasberries 1974 record, Starting Over
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