Uncle Tupelo discography

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The discography of Uncle Tupelo, an alternative country band from Belleville, Illinois, consists of four studio albums, two compilation albums, three demo tapes, and five singles. Uncle Tupelo was formed in 1987 by Jay Farrar (guitar and vocals), Jeff Tweedy (bass guitar and vocals), and Mike Heidorn (drums). The band released its first three albums through independent label Rockville Records. After Rockville refused to pay Uncle Tupelo any royalties for their album sales, the group left the label and signed with Sire Records in 1992. Heidorn left the band at this point, and was eventually replaced by Ken Coomer. Before recording their final album Anodyne the band expanded their lineup to a five-piece with the addition of John Stirratt and Max Johnston.

Uncle Tupelo broke up in 1994; soon afterward, Farrar formed Son Volt with Heidorn and the remaining members formed Wilco. In 2003, the band's Rockville recordings were re-released through Legacy Records; Anodyne was also re-released that year through Rhino Records. Aside from their four studio albums, Uncle Tupelo also released six singles and recorded songs for several compilations and soundtracks. A retrospective compilation, 89/93: An Anthology, was released in 2002. Today, all Rockville recordings are out of print, while the major label releases other than the promotional items remain in print.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Comments
1990 No Depression
  • The album's title became a nickname for the alternative country music genre.[1][2]
  • The periodical No Depression uses the album's title as its name.[3]
  • Re-released April 15, 2003 as CD only (Legacy Recordings) with six bonus tracks.
1991 Still Feel Gone
  • Label: Rockville Records (ROCK-6070-2/4)
  • Released: September 17, 1991
  • Format: CD (-2), cassette (-4)
  • Re-released April 15, 2003 as CD only (Legacy Recordings) with five bonus tracks.
1992 March 16-20, 1992
  • Label: Rockville Records (ROCK-6090-2/4)
  • Released: August 3, 1992
  • Format: CD (-2), cassette (-4)
  • Re-released April 15, 2003 as CD only (Legacy Recordings) with five bonus tracks and a hidden track.
1993 Anodyne
  • Label: Sire Records (9 45424-2/4)
  • Released: October 5, 1993
  • Format: CD (-2), cassette (-4)
  • Re-released March 11, 2003 as CD only (Rhino Records) with five bonus tracks.


Year Title Comments
1992 Still Feel Gone & March 16-20, 1992
  • Double LP album only; two albums packaged together with a new cover design.
2002 89/93: An Anthology
  • Retrospective compilation album with three previously unreleased tracks.

Demo tapes[edit]

  • All demo tapes are self-released on cassette.
Year Title Comments
1987 Colorblind & Rhymeless
1988 Live and Otherwise
1989 Not Forever, Just for Now


Year A-side B-sides Comments
1990 "I Got Drunk"
  • Label: Rockville Records (ROCK6055-7)
"Sin City"
1991 "Gun"
  • Label: Rockville Records (ROCK6069-7)
"I Wanna Destroy You"
"Gun"/"I Wanna Destroy You"/"Still Be Around"'
  • Label: Rockville Records (ROCK6069-4)
  • Triple A-side.
  • Cassette version of the "Gun" single.
1992 "Sauget Wind"
  • Label: Rockville Records (ROCK6089-7)
"Looking for a Way Out (live)"

"Take My Word"

1993 "The Long Cut"
  • Label: Sire Records

"We've Been Had (live)"
"Truck Drivin' Man (live)"
"Anodyne (live)"
"Suzie Q (live)"
"Fifteen Keys (live)"

  • Cover of single reads "The Long Cut + 5 Live"
  • Promotional single only.


Year Song Album Comments
1990 "Before I Break (demo)" Out of the Gate compilation
1991 "Won't Forget" A Matter of Degrees soundtrack
1992 "Movin' On" 20 More Explosive Fantastic Rockin' Mega Smash Hit Explosions! compilation
"Shaking Hands (Soldier's Joy)" Arkansas Traveler
"Wait Up" Stolar Tracks Vol. 1 compilation
1993 "Blue Eyes" Conmemorativo: A Tribute to Gram Parsons compilation
"Effigy" No Alternative compilation
"Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?" Trademark of Quality, Vol. 2 compilation
"Fifteen Keys (live)"
1994 "Moonshiner" The Best of Mountain Stage Volume Seven compilation

Uncle Tupelo also recorded a one-hour radio special that was released by Legacy Records in 2003. Legacy only distributed the CD, entitled The Long Cut: A One Hour Radio Special, to non-commercial radio stations as a way to promote the re-issues of the band's studio albums. The special is hosted by Lauren Frey and features interviews by Farrar, Tweedy, and Heidorn.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Shea, Eric. "Uncle Tupelo—Alt Country—Country—Music". RealNetworks.  Last accessed June 8, 2007.
  2. ^ "Genre: Alternative Country-Rock". Allmusic.  Last accessed May 22, 2007.
  3. ^ "No Depression: Surveying the Past, Present, and Future of American Music".  Last accessed December 18, 2006.
  4. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "The Long Cut: A One Hour Radio Special (review)". Allmusic.  Last accessed September 27, 2007.

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