- Covered Up: The concept behind the the Mermaid Avenue albums.
- Face of the Band: Jeff Tweedy.
- More Popular Spinoff: To Uncle Tupelo, in terms of sales.
- True Art Is Angsty: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was made at a time when Tweedy was addicted to painkillers for his migraines as well as alcohol, in addition to the above-mentioned drama with his label. Since then he's kicked both (as well as quit smoking), enjoying modest commercial success as well as a stable home life. There's a section of the fandom who's reaction to this is They Changed It, Now It Sucks.