Will Welch's in-studio interview with Jeff Tweedy for GQ doesn't reveal much we didn't already know. It's still a pleasure to read, though, precisely because of what we already knew: Jeff Tweedy is both more honest and more modest than your average rock star, and he's got a lot going on upstairs. A few highlights:
Tweedy on sartorial decisions:
I just did my first-ever overdub wearing shorts. You really shouldn’t be rocking in any way—at all—if you’re in shorts. Unless you’re Angus Young.
Tweedy on Wilco's new album:
There’s a song called “Bull Black Nova” that feels like it might be a centerpiece. There’s a certain urgency and anxiety to it—it kind of sounds like there’s a phone off the hook somewhere. There’s a precise wildness to it.
Tweedy on his widely acknowledged addiction to painkillers:
I find it strange that people are more uncomfortable talking about mental-health issues than they are addiction. I think it’s a control thing. It’s more appealing and romantic if people destroy themselves. But mental illness just happens to you. ... Whether it’s true or not, people have the belief that the addict can just stop. ... There’s some truth to that, but there are a lot of misunderstood qualities about that notion.
Tweedy on opening for Neil Young:
The first thing that comes to mind is the really delicious catering. The first show we did, in Halifax, they had some sort of local dessert called maple pudding. There’s a certain grittiness to it that I like.
Funny — that's kind of how we've always felt about Neil Young.
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