Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Ex-Wilco guitarist Jay Bennett returns! Mwa ha ha!

It's like night of the living ex-band members over here.

Jay Bennett, former Wilco multi-instrumentalist, is suing frontman Jeff Tweedy for royalties and his part in the 2002 Wilco film I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.

Check out the story in the Chicago Tribune.

If you can't remember Bennett, he was the sort-of dreadlocked white guy grousing during the making of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. It's a good thing he was there to grouse. That album totally sucked!! On opposite day!!

Bennett says he wasn't compensated for his part in the film and that Tweedy didn't obtain the releases he needed for Bennett to appear in the movie. It's an odd claim because it's unclear if Tweedy had any production role in the movie.

For his part, Bennett probably has a point. Every good movie needs a villain, a well-paid villain, and Bennett certainly appeared to play the part, fair or not. He left the band shortly before the album and the movie made a splash.

In other Wilco news, the band has a new album coming out in June titled Wilco (The Album). There's a song on it called Wilco (The Song). Hmmm, hope this isn't like a Bad Company thing. Naming songs and albums after the band doesn't always make for record gold.

- SoR

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