Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy rocks… Messiah College?

It must have been quite an event… a conference on Christianity and the arts, featuring Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy!

News of Delaware County documents these words from Tweedy:

“Actually, I’m honored that you would invite me to your campus. I think a lot of Christians would consider me a blasphemer,” Tweedy said before deadpanning, “I have a checkered past.”

“I think I should play ‘Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down’ now… not because I’m scared or anything,” Tweedy joked after the song, before adding, “I hope no one thinks that I’m mocking their faith in any way by playing that song. I sincerely have a lot of respect for the Christian faith and of all people of faith … you gotta have something in this world.”

“I think one of the things that’s really beautiful about rock music is that it’s one of the rare places that people go in their lives where they join together with a bunch of people and raise their voices and sing along with somebody and transcend themselves, to find themselves as a part of humanity as opposed to being apart from humanity. I think that that’s a beautiful thing … Unfortunately there’s been a lot of times where I think a lot of people have missed that experience in church and they found it in other places without knowing that’s what they were finding.”

And then there’s this little anecdote:

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’s “Heavy Metal Drummer” ended with Tweedy substituting names of bands shouted by the audience in the line “playing Kiss covers, beautiful and stoned,” mentioning Christian rock acts Stryper and Jars of Clay before pausing, then relenting at the suggestion of Uncle Tupelo, the band Tweedy left to form Wilco.

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Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.

  • M. Leary

    Well, I am glad to see “A History of Violence” and “Millions” get so much appreciation, but those two took more than half of the awards. Strange. Surely “Nobody Knows” could at least have claimed its little spot for Ensemble Cast.

    Oh well, that’s what you get for abstaining I guess. We should start offering a seperate voting scheme for the Euro-contingent.

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    Why not? Whaddaya think?

    I think it’s interesting that “Millions” didn’t even register on critics’ lists across the country, except with this motley crew.

  • Matt Page

    Where’s the best place to discuss these this year? Here?


  • sg

    I love Jeff Tweedy in a completely acceptable male way of loving.

  • The Cubicle Reverend

    I wonder if Tweedy is flirting with Christianity at all. His music is so reminiscent of early Dylan, I am sorry I didn’t know that was going on. that is near my neck of the woods.

  • chris

    here’s a good article with another angle of that show.