July 12, 2014 – 6:27 pm


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Fans have been ripping into Yoko Ono’s festival debut at Glastonbury on June 29, 2014, especially netizens, about the 81-year-old’s erratic wailing, with one criticising Ono’s voice as sounding “like a goat with a sore throat”.

One video of the performance, in which Ono is backed by American cult indie rockers Yo La Tengo under the name Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, has already been viewed over a million times on YouTube, rocketnews24 reported. (At press time, it has been viewed more than 1.6 million times.)

The eccentric performance of “Don’t Worry, Kyoko”, the 1969 B-side to John Lennon’s “Cold Turkey“, has seen the singer dubbed “Yoko Oh No!”, and has been widely panned by online commenters and YouTubers:

“OMG, never laughed so much on YouTube. This is probably the shittiest live performance you’ve ever heard.”

“I would rather have my testicles tied to a moving vehicle than listen to this talentless crap ever again.”

“She sounds like a hyena dying on stage.”

“So destroying the Beatles was not enough ey? Now she wants to destroy music altogether.”

“You’ve got to be kidding me. PLEASE tell me this is a joke. This has got to be the WORST thing I’ve ever heard in my life. This is worse than Rebecca Black’s song Friday.”

“Imagine all the people… who are now deaf after listening to this.”

So, what do you think? Is this the worst live performance ever?

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  1. 23 Responses to “THE MORE B.S. CONTEST No. 3”

  2. This is reminiscent of the New York show of 3 decades ago. I was very disappointed when I heard that - mainly because of the content that was so bad it was funny. On the other hand I wondered if Lennon had compromised his own standards by allowing it or maybe even more sinister, that his arrogance told him that whatever he was involved in would be acceptable, if not for quality, but because of the loyalty of his fans. This more recent performance is not too far removed from the NY show and whilst I wondered if that was a random ‘rant’ never to be repeated, it seems that there was something meaningful to the deluge of noise that we heard that night because it has been repeated in 2014. Still, who am I, or anyone else to criticise? A very subjective performance if nothing else. Who was the performance pitched at - the audience or ONo? I have been to many shows where the artistes have played for their own enjoyment and paid little notice to the audience whatsoever. No more than a highly paid practice session. In one way, I would consider all the shows that I’ve seen where artistes show no respect for their audiences equally as bad.

    By daij on Jul 13, 2014

  3. I think the mistake here is to view this performance as music, Yoko Ohno is and has always been recognized as an ‘Avant Garde’ conceptual performance artist, and as such, this performance should be compared to a Pollock painting or, say, Tracey Emin’s ‘Unmade Bed’ rather than a ’song’in the literal sense.

    Yours pretentiously

    By GMAL on Jul 13, 2014

  4. file this in the ‘eyes of the beholder” category. at its root, the question becomes, what do we consider music? well the answer my friends, begins in prehistoric times, when some early humanoid first hit a stone with a stick and got his groove on. i remember, as a pre-teenager, wondering what the beatles were thinking when ‘revolution #9′ appeared on the white album. i also recall hearing the live ‘kyoko’ from toronto ‘69, and never playing that side of the record again. of course, 15-20 years later, i had become a fan of beefheart, ornette, faust, the residents, etc, groups/artists who pushed the boundaries of what most would call music. what i found most interesting about the glastonbury clip was the fervor of guitarist ira kaplan of yo la tengo, especially when compared to the ‘WTF?’ look on clapton’s face in toronto ‘69. i am by no means a yoko fan, but there was an audience who watched her performance at glastonbury. if i had found her set to be that abominably terrible, i would have walked away, if only to have a cigarette and find the restroom. if you don’t like it, why do you keep looking at it???

    By billy jack on Jul 13, 2014

  5. while i think yoko is horribly annoying noise.. there is a lot of other terrible sounding crap out there that i never understood how ppl can listen to. i saw a band open for new order at their 2nd usa show called ike yard. at that time i thought that was the worst live act i had ever seen. shortly there after i discovered throbbing gristle. omg. that was horrible. then i saw a band open for the ramones in nj called the catholic girls. while they actually played songs and therefore were on a totally different level than just annoying noise.. this band was horribly abysmal. if i didnt have to stay i wouldnt have. i saw many other bands open for the ramones that i dont know how ppl put up with in 1980-83.
    in the period 1980-87 i saw maybe 400 bands opening for other bands that i would say fall into the 1-3 point scale of a 1-10 with bands like the who and pink floyd and beatles and so on at the 9-10 point. ive seen 2225 live performances in my life. thats from 1965-95 mostly and the last 5 in the last 19 yrs.
    sometimes it takes more than attaching the word professional (meaning u are earning money by doing what youre doing) to yourself to imply that u have the capability of doing it well. ppl sometimes will click on a youtube link to watch / listen to yoko because they dont really have anything to lose cept their time. those same ppl will push their tongues against cold sores to enjoy the pain in their mouths. or maybe they do it because when they stop the relief from that pain is so soothing. maybe ppl listen to yoko because when they stop the pain stops too. (shrug)

    By darth on Jul 15, 2014

  6. I always thought Yoko’s vocals came out of Yoko & John doing that Primal Scream stuff that Harry Nilsson claims ruined his voice forever. Who’d of thunk Yoko would still be doing it all these years later. It makes my skin crawl to listen to it. At the Fillmore East with The Mothers I think John & Yoko came on stage in burlap bags but they didn’t tell Yoko when to come out. At Willards you can compare the mix by John to the mix by Frank.

    By sking on Jul 15, 2014

  7. Whether it is “art” or “music” is irrelevant. Either way it is an abysmal caterwauling lump of excrement. I feel sorry for the people subjected to it.

    The woman has never had a sense of humour so she would never tolerate anyone regarding it as a joke.

    When jazz great Chris McGregor attended her exhibition of half(-arsed)art at a gallery in London way way back (early 70s I think he said) he light-heartedly suggested one would have to hang the stuff from nails sawn in half.
    She stormed off in a purple fit.

    But you asked “Is it the worst live performance ever?”
    Of course not - she has done more than one!

    By tony on Jul 15, 2014

  8. Listening to about a minute of Yucko’s “song”
    brought back the memory of the time I stepped in dog shit and didn’t realize I had done so until I managed to track it through the house and ruin the carpet. The carpet was cleaned but my brain will remain forever soiled from her “performance” until the day I luckily die.

    By Ernie Clark on Jul 15, 2014

  9. there are hard working talented musicians out there. These are not them.

    By sluggo on Jul 15, 2014

  10. She and her admirers probably view people who think her (talentless, pretentious and bloody awful) art and music is just one big con as being of too low an intelligence to understand the concepts and depth of meaning they contain. She may be right. If she is it would make me as thick as pigshit, because to my ears that is one f*cking terrible racket!!

    By Shep on Jul 16, 2014

  11. It’s like the Emperors New Clothes. This is not good….you can say it! John Lennon was the genius.

    By JB on Jul 16, 2014

  12. There’s no excuse for this, even at 81 years of age.
    When she started doing her performances, I really can’t call it singing, it was terrible altogether. And now it has become much worse than that. What an achievement!
    Without the Lennon connection, she would have long been forgotten.

    By John from The Netherlands on Jul 16, 2014

  13. Worst ever? Who knows? It’s pretty bad to me;I guess I just don’t “get it”. I remember Neil Young toured with Social D and Sonic Youth. I had heard great things about Sonic Youth but I just didn’t “get them” either. But this Yoko video is much, much worse…

    By steve22 on Jul 22, 2014

  14. >>Billy Jack. I had that album as well. What I remember is when I played side 2 for the first time, that my dog got up and walked over to the speaker and raised her ears up as if to say WTF is that you are listening to.

    By Bill Murray (Not The one your thinking) on Jul 26, 2014

  15. wow bill murray! i’m glad she didn’t squat right there and ‘go’ on the speaker. nothing like a hound with discriminating taste. good dog…

    By billy jack on Jul 26, 2014

  16. Yoko Ono’s real talent is that she convinced John Lennon to marry her. That being said she is not the only non-talent making albums based on family or husband, see Frank Sinatra’s kid, or Elijah Blue Allman, etc.

    By john on Jul 29, 2014

  17. Yoko is probably the worlds richest performance art practitioner. What I was surprised about was she needed her lyrics on the stand on stage.

    By Mackster on Jul 29, 2014

  18. this one is as bad as terry and the idiots in the sex pistols film “DOA”. don’t you think?

    By walter on Aug 1, 2014

  19. this one is as bad as terry and the idiots in the sex pistols film “DOA”. don’t you think? It also reminds me of the cat being stepped on in the Monty Python sketch “The Visitors”

    By walter on Aug 1, 2014

  20. Yoko has, as an artist, the right to perform if anybody will listen to her. I did, once…now twice… to see if there was any improvement. There wasn’t. And so, I move on. There won’t be three strikes on this one!

    By GOLD MINER on Aug 12, 2014

  21. It saddens me that Yoko could possibly be the most famous Japanese person of the last 50 years. A wonderful country deserves better than that.

    By john on Aug 23, 2014

  22. Not good at all.

    By Phil on Aug 25, 2014

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