Impossible Germany, Unlikely Japan

There’s this random grocery store down the street that plays your typical grocery store easy listening music on it’s P.A. However, yesterday I was shopping for limes and I heard “Impossible Germany” by Wilco from their 2007 album, “Sky Blue Sky”. I wandered aimlessly around the store so I could listen to the guitar solos at the end of the song.

That’s one of the great things about music. It can make you feel special just listening to it. Here I am in this supermarket wandering around with a bag of limes and a shit-eating grin on my face nodding like a lunatic. Everyone else in the store is fully absorbed in their shopping and here I am listening to Nels Cline’s Fender Mustang during his epic guitar solo towards the end of the song.

I don’t know if it was the mood I was in, the fact that it was unusual to hear a Wilco track wedged between Michael MacDonald and Carly Simon. Maybe it’s a testament to the fact that Wilco is one of the the best American band to ever exist in the history of Rock and Roll.

Here I’ll prove it. Watch this.

Happy New Year.

Oh, you don’t agree that Wilco is the best American band that ever existed? Watch I’ll prove it with fancy words. How about this, 6 studio albums: A.M., Being There, Summer Teeth, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, A Ghost is Born, Sky Blue Sky. Not a stinker in the bunch. Each one is equally powerful and unique in it’s own right. Each album they put out, I hated at first because I was convinced that the previous album was the best album they ever made. After a few listens, that album became the best album they ever made.

I think Tweedy figured it out. He cracked the key to Rock and Roll staying power. He came up with his own solution to what Neil Young came up with back in ’78 when he posited that it’s better to burn out, than to fade away (A line that was later co-opted by the villain from Highlander and Kurt Cobain). I think Tweedy figured out that you can have your cake and eat it too, that you don’t don’t have to burn out and/or fade away. You just have to keep doing what your doing at the core of your songwriting, experiment with the variables (not too much), don’t listen to what anyone else in the band tries to tell you, and to up and fire everyone in the band except your bass player from time to time. Why always keep your bass player? Why not. Unless you’re Weezer and your bass players go nuts, always keep your bass player.

3 Responses to Impossible Germany, Unlikely Japan

  1. Jill says:


  2. love the song, love the band. All hail the mighty Wilco!

  3. Jason Austinite says:

    Man, I love the last instrumental bit of that tune. The soft tone of Cline’s Fender lead, the eventual dual (then triple!) guitar harmony. Fuckin’ heaven.

    While I won’t go so far to say that Sky Blue Sky is their best album, I was hugely impressed with the rock solid musicianship demonstrated throughout the the record, along with Tweedy’s ever improving vocal abilities. Is it just me, or does he at times sound strikingly like a young Jerry Garcia?

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