The cover of the album is a picture of Marina City in the band’s adopted hometown of Chicago. The album was named after a series of letters in the phonetic alphabet that Tweedy had heard on the Irdial box set The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations. On the fourth track of the album a woman repeats the words «Yankee Hotel Foxtrot» numerous times; a clip from this Numbers Station transmission was placed in the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot song «Poor Places». Irdial sued Wilco for copyright infringement, and a settlement was reached out of court.
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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is the fourth studio album by American rock band Wilco, first released on September 18, 2001. Recording sessions for the album began in late 2000. These sessions, which were documented for the film I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, were marred by conflicts including a switch in drummers and disagreements among the band members and engineers about songs. Despite this, the album would be completed in early 2001. The album’s sound has been described as art rock and indie rock by music critics. It was the band’s first album with drummer Glenn Kotche, and last with multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Jay Bennett.
Reprise Records, Wilco’s record label at the time, refused to release the album as they felt unhappy about the end result; this would lead to Wilco’s departure from Reprise. The band subsequently acquired the rights to the album and later streamed the entire album for free on their website on September 18, 2001. In November of that year, Wilco signed with Nonesuch Records, who gave the album its first official retail release on April 23, 2002. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot received widespread acclaim from music critics at release, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of the 2000s. It is also Wilco’s best-selling work, having reached number 13 on the Billboard 200 chart.