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Yoko Ono
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Ooooh, listy time!

1) You are already know YO/POB - and hey, that's the best one!

2) I dare you to listen to the entirety (eternity?) of "Cambridge 1969" while baked.

3) If you want more of the same, only quieter, move on to "Fly". If you want more of the same, only scarier, move on to "John, John (Let's Hope for Peace)" and "Aü". Then lie down for a bit.

4) If you definitely, emphatically do not want more of the same, listen to the incredible "Open Your Box" (or the censored album version "Hirake"). Repeat.

5) Listen to all available versions of "Don't Worry Kyoko": demo (Wedding Album CD), Cold Turkey b-side (also on Fly), live in Toronto, and live in London (Live Jam, approx. 15 minutes).

6) Yoko also has a few actual songs, e.g. "Midsummer New York" (kicks butt!), "Listen the Snow Is Falling", or "Who Has Seen the Wind". Then there's "Mrs Lennon", which is a bit like "Oh My Love", only scary.

7) Treat yourself to side 3 of Fly ("Airmale", "Don't Count the Waves", and "You"). You will never want to listen to anything else ever again.

The rot started to set in with Some Time in NYC, mainly because of the lyrics. I cannot recommend Approximately Infinite Universe either, except for laughs. Haven't heard all of "Feeling the Space" because what I heard sounded too much like AIU. 

For some reason, I don't really count Double Fantasy, Season of Glass etc. as Yokomusic.

I haven't heard Starpeace, but the cover looks dreadful.

But the "old" stuff is really good! 

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She has indeed, although even on the most hummable/danceable of tunes, her voice always stands out as quite unconventional (I think) - so you'd have to like or at least tolerate that.

In fact, I believe that percentage-wise, most of her music is conventional rock/pop rather than head-splitting screeching - it's just that on the whole, I like the screeching (and the music that comes with it) more than the pop stuff.

That said, most of Yoko's early traditionally-structured and -instrumented songs (e.g. "Listen the Snow Is Falling", "Who Has Seen the Wind", "Remember Love", "Midsummer New York", "Mrs Lennon") are really good, and it was only when she pushed the screechy stuff overboard and went pop/rock full-time that the songs began to suffer. I like "Sisters O Sisters" (a little reggae-ish, that one, and a great melody) and "We're All Water" on Some Time in NYC, but the other songs she sings on are embarrassing (just my view though - I can see how one might like "Angela" or "The Luck of the Irish", perhaps because they're duets with John).

Approximately Infinite Universe (2 LPs!) and Feeling the Space (what I've heard of it) are musically pleasant but lyrically painful - a lot of unfiltered feminist rethoric set to professional mid-70s soft rock. Whenever the lyrics are bearable, it's the lack of tunes that drags the recordings down. However, if you're the kind of listener who likes to go for "so bad it's good" stuff on occasion, this might be for you. :-)

I've heard Yoko's songs on Double Fantasy and Milk And Honey, and some of what followed (all pop/rock very much in the styles of its time, i.e. late 70s/early 80s), but wasn't too impressed - I always feel that Yoko needs to go beyond verse/chorus structures and let loose. She did that best on her late 60s/early 70s records, as the albums she's put out since 1995 aren't so hot either...

Hope this helps!

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I just find the music and production is insane; like dissonant New Wave on crack, and she sounds unhinged (not surprisingly). As for the "O No" pun, that had already been worn thin by John on POB and Imagine. I remember when the double meaning of his singing "oh no" in Jealous Guy, How? and several other songs first dawned on me.

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I didn't think it would be right to rain on the parade of those who have been writing on the "Yoko Ono appreciation" thread, so I'm posting here instead.

The anti-Yoko sentiment has little to do with whether her artistic output has had merit or not. That's merely a question of personal taste.

It also doesn't have much to do with the fact that the Beatles broke up (at least, it shouldn't). The band had run its course.

And no, it doesn't rest on a lack of appreciation for all the good she did Lennon. Yes, it gave him something to live for and get excited about.

But what path did she lead him on? He became a heroin addict under her watch; he turned on all those around him; she didn't exactly encourage him to tone things down a bit on "How Do You Sleep? at Night?". Mr. "Give Peace A Chance" was rather ornery towards his former friends - and a poor father vis a vis Julian - to say the least; John totally weirded out, a fact that has become muted over time. The two were a curiosity that were not taken seriously by many. (That didn't stop John from being a genius and he produced many terrific songs.)

Many bands break up and stay on good terms - and get back together occasionally. By all accounts (in the good and the bad books that I have read), Yoko was a prime mover in the persistent animosity between the four of them.

In short, with his pick of just about any available woman in the western world, John could have found a muse that was less ... acidic? destructive? narcissistic? (Someone here will help me find the right adjective.)

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I didn't think it would be right to rain on the parade of those who have been writing on the "Yoko Ono appreciation" thread, so I'm posting here instead.

The anti-Yoko sentiment has little to do with whether her artistic output has had merit or not. That's merely a question of personal taste.

It also doesn't have much to do with the fact that the Beatles broke up (at least, it shouldn't). The band had run its course.

And no, it doesn't rest on a lack of appreciation for all the good she did Lennon. Yes, it gave him something to live for and get excited about.

But what path did she lead him on? He became a heroin addict under her watch; he turned on all those around him; she didn't exactly encourage him to tone things down a bit on "How Do You Sleep? at Night?". Mr. "Give Peace A Chance" was rather ornery towards his former friends - and a poor father vis a vis Julian - to say the least; John totally weirded out, a fact that has become muted over time. The two were a curiosity that were not taken seriously by many. (That didn't stop John from being a genius and he produced many terrific songs.)

Many bands break up and stay on good terms - and get back together occasionally. By all accounts (in the good and the bad books that I have read), Yoko was a prime mover in the persistent animosity between the four of them.

In short, with his pick of just about any available woman in the western world, John could have found a muse that was less ... acidic? destructive? narcissistic? (Someone here will help me find the right adjective.)

Well, I see one big thing with your post that's wrong...John claimed Bob Dylan got him high on heroin in 1966, a good two years before he did heroin with Yoko, so I don't think she can be blamed.

Also, when John (and every other Beatle) turned against Paul, it was because of Paul, not Yoko.  Paul was being sneaky and getting the Eastmans involved, and buying up shares behind John's back.

As to Julian, there is plenty of evidence that he went on vacations with John and Yoko and visited the Dakota, so I don't think Julian's claims of "poor me" are 100% justified, at least while John was alive.  And John admitted that he had less to do with Julian because he was born during Beatlemania and he just had little time for him--so what does that have to do with Yoko?

True, she may not have liked seeing John with Julian because she was separated from her own child--that's selfish, but I understand it.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon
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