Videos by American Songwriter
“That’s Not the Issue”
Album: A.M. (1995)
Key Lyric: “Secrets, I have some too. I’ll tell you mine, before I say goodbye to you…”
Wilco’s debut album, A.M., is a slept on album. It was largely overshadowed by Son Volt’s first record, Trace, which contains the minor classics “Windfall” and “Tear Stained Eye.”
But there’s not a bad song on A.M., which, like Uncle Tupelo’s swan song, Anodyne, contains a disproportionate number of break up songs (songs that can be read as commentary on the demise of Uncle Tupelo, if you wish).
“That’s Not the Issue,” a swinging, frenetic banjo number, is a hell of a break up song. And it’s funny, too. “You’ve been sleeping….” (slight dramatic pause) “…with somebody new. That’s not the issue.”