When Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band came out on CD for the first time in 1987, I bought it. I was familiar with the history but I had no concept of the Summer of Love and what it meant to be a part of it. The CD came out 20 years after its initial release but to me it might as well have been 1000 years ago. To a kid like me, it seemed like ancient history. I guess that’s what it feels like to my kids now that Nevermind is being re-released. I remember hearing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for the first time on the radio and thinking it was some British band. I thought that because there was not one rock record to reach #1 on the charts in 1990. I remember watching the video on MTV. I remember hearing that Nevermind was #1, replacing Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album. I remember my plaid shirts and torn jeans being in fashion for the first and only time in my life. I remember it just being everywhere and I could play it for my kids but I don’t think it will mean anything to them. I hope they do get a moment in their lifetime where ideas, fashion and music change with the release of one record. I do believe that time will come again.
In the meantime, I can enjoy my moment again not by listening to Nevermind but by playing the new album by Wilco entitled, The Whole Love. I don’t think there’s a band out there today that brings me as much joy as Wilco does with each new release. I think the review in the LA Times got it right in that this is a true band where each band member has their moment to shine. Their live shows are just brilliant and I would happily follow them around from city to city if I could. Click on the photo to see them perform an hour-long performance on Letterman. This record will be on an endless loop for me for at least the next month. I look forward to 2031 when the re-release of this album (in whatever bizarre format we’ll be listening to) comes out.