The Greatest American Rock Band Bracket!
First Round, Indie/Grunge/New Wave Division
Wilco (7) vs. The Replacements (10)
Alt-rock innovators versus art-rock geniuses
"Evolving from a rough-and-tumble alt-country act into a mature and eclectic indie rock ensemble, Wilco became critical favorites and cult heroes on the back of a stylistically diverse body of songs from founder Jeff Tweedy. Rising from the ashes of the seminal alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, Tweedy assembled Wilco's first lineup from the membership of UT's final edition. Wilco's debut album picked up where Tweedy's work with Uncle Tupelo left off, but their second album marked a dramatic stylistic shift. Wilco's country and roots rock existed as only small parts of their creative formula, along with unexpected detours into psychedelia, power pop, and soul, complete with orchestral touches and R&B horn flourishes."
"Striking an imprecise balance of recklessness and heart, the Replacements were one of the most beloved bands to emerge from the American rock & roll underground of the 1980s. Hailing from Minneapolis, the Replacements careened through their early years, earning a reputation for beer-soaked concerts and sloppily recorded albums that sometimes disguised the sardonic wit and empathy of Paul Westerberg, their singer/songwriter and de facto leader. After winning the hearts of critics and college radio, the Replacements made a stab at the big time and streamlined their sound. Major commercial success never came, but their cult following remained loyal, and they reunited to the largest audiences of their career in 2014. "