My Top 1000 Songs #275: Misunderstood
And while Tweedy had been writing great songs since his early Tupelo days, the reach here is spectacular, soul-searing couplets that cross youthful angst with rock & roll salvation. "Short on long-term goals, there's a party there that we oughta go to. Do you still love rock and roll?" bleeds into "You know you're just a mama's boy, positively unemployed, so misunderstood." Barely two albums into Wilco's long run and Tweedy has already come up with the inevitable culmination of the Stones' "Satisfaction" and the Replacements' "Unsatisfied."
There's a sense of claustrophobia to the production here that I find holds the studio version back a bit. (A couple albums later, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot's "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart" updates the theme and scope of "Misunderstood" while giving it a more fully-realized sonic texture.) But on stage, Tweedy and co. let loose and give the song the power it deserves.Live in 1999:Acoustic live in 2015:Live in 2010:
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