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Please, For The Love Of God, Watch Yoko Ono Have A Mental Breakdown On Letterman

By Joanna Robinson | Videos | October 3, 2013 | Comments ()


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Okay, it’s probably not a mental breakdown. It’s probably art. But it’s extremely hard, at this late hour, to tell the difference. The collaboration between Ono’s band and The Flaming Lips blasts beyond eccentric and achieves a sort of musical homage to young Britney Spears wielding an umbrella. This is the mouth of madness. I’ll give her this much, she is rocking the sh*t out of that fedora.



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  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    She doesn't now, nor has she ever needed John's money. She was born with a full Meissen tea service in her mouth.

    She knows what people expect and how to get them talking. She wasn't a hanger on dilettante who lucked out by scoring a husband who gave her a vanity career and the press coverage alone, you'd never know that the overwhelming majority of her work isn't this hand-pressed-on-the-sides-of-stall sonic ejaculation that we've come to expect from her. A lot of her music is interesting, innovative and listenable. She had a portfolio that was widely diverse, experimental (eg, use of phase shifting before it became prominent or even well known) covered lots styles and genres and she had a legitimate presence on the art/music/performance art scene before she ever met John Lennon, which makes sense, or else why would he have wanted to work with her? He could have all of the tail, and her livelihood was never in doubt so one had a need to humour anyone. She was in Fluxus, worked with George Brecht and Nam June Paik etc., she had stuff going on.

    This is the stuff that grabs attention, though. I guess the whole Beatles bitchcakes clusterfuck and being married to *that* guy (I'd scream I were married to John Lennon, too, I don't think we can fault Yoko for some of her bellows), her real true love--litigation, and relatively small output of 'grab you by the seat of your trachea' and her eccentricities are what made those people who were looking at a reason to do so dismiss her entirely. There will be a time when a re-evaluation of her work will happen, I believe. The constipated siren stuff made her known to the uninitiated, but it's not the stuff that got her the earlier respect, if not quite acclaim (snotty, self-reverential, doggedly cerebral white guy artistes of the 1950s, they just can't let go sometimes--you know what I mean) that was due her and because everything about her is so freighted with capital-B baggage there's a blithe ignorance regarding her legitimate influence on younger artists. That said, she makes it so easy sometimes.

    Make no mistake, if there was a gold digger in that marriage is was John. When you're richer than God (which she was and now REALLY is), you can do whatever the shit you want with your art, huh? It's quite the ivory tower in which one must reside be able to say 'Who cares if you listen today? I have tomorrow and I have lawsuits!'

    I say this as someone who still doesn't really care about her all that much, but you know, I'm allowed to know things.

  • Walt Jr

    Oh sure when Yoko sings it's "art", when I fart in the hallway at work it's "obscene". I see no difference.

  • Lillimae

    All you need to do is "contextualize" the act of farting at work & post a didactic artist statement at your desk for your co-workers' perusal & you're all set... Probably more relevant than Yoyo.

  • sarah

    At first I was laughing but then I looked on Wikipedia and found out she's eighty. EIGHTY. I can't laugh at an eighty year old woman lucid enough (and I use this term liberally) to create what just happened here.

  • Linda Guerrero

    It reminds me of the elephant with a paintbrush that plays with the paint and someone calls it art. :(

  • Red Rage

    God damn I love Wayne Coyne though.

  • I think she doesn't like war.. I could be wrong

  • MrWhirly

    I couldn't watch past the 1:25 mark. Can someone tell it to me without the stupid mooing and crowing?

  • PatriciaDelicia

    Not to mention the amazing lyrics "Stop the violence, stop the violence. Oooo-hooo-hoe". So brilliant, so new, so innovative! Can we stop the violence AFTER I take her out?

  • Garferty

    Don't forget the peace sign she's doing with her hand. Mind-blowing social commentary, *using only her hand*! I can literally hear all the wars going away.

  • Jerce

    I know I am going against a strong current--for Yoko, it has always been thus--but I love this lady and I always have. She was a role model and hero for me when I was a wee Jerce. She is a true artist (well, OK, not in music, no, I'll give y'all that much) and she has amazing courage. Go look up her bio and see if even one small portion of her time on earth does not make you admire her.

  • Andy Ramesh Meyers

    loved it.

  • PatriciaDelicia

    She's so tiny. Her hat is bigger than she is!

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    ...isn't that pretty much par for the course for her? I mean, she's a nutty one, but that's pretty much her whole deal isn't it? I mean, she's clothed, so really I feel like she's slowing down in her older years.

  • mairimba

    I thought it was entertaining. Especially if you're high on something. At least after all these years she's still trying to spread the message in search for peace.

  • SugarSmak

    This clip showed me I can achieve my dream of being a musician...I am quite the wizard with a bullhorn. Thanks, Yoko!

  • six6sixwitch

    It's Yoko Ono, so you should know what to expect...I don't mind art-freak theatrics and absurdity, but I CANNOT forgive boring, pointless blues-jams that go nowhere...

  • BWeaves

    I have no idea how Yoko Ono makes a living doing this. I guess I need to find me a rich famous husband to get that kind of job.

  • Jiffylush

    Makes a living? Her deceased husband was a Beatle, and as if that wasn't enough he was also John Lennon and she would still have money rolling in from both. Yoko Ono doesn't have to make a living, she is just doing what she wants to do with no thought of compensation.

    According to the first thing to pop up on google she has a net worth of $500 million.

    To be honest this wasn't as bad as I thought it would be given most of the reactions, it could have been a lot worse.

  • Bill Murray once said of Chevy Chase, "MEDIUM TALENT!"

    When I think of Yoko Ono, I think the same thing.

  • George Tarleton

    I think you are being incredibly generous in your evaluation of her "talent."

  • Joe Grunenwald

    "You could be having sex with Yoko Ono RIGHT NOW."

  • bleujayone

    If you're going to feature posts with Yoko Ono, you need to be conducting this warning once a month...

    THIS IS A TEST.

    THIS WEBSITE IS CONDUCTING A TEST OF THE EMERGENCY YOKO ONO SYSTEM. THIS IS ONLY A TEST...

    (*SOUNDS OF YOKO ONO SCREAMING FOR 30 SECONDS)

    THIS IS A TEST OF THE EMERGENCY YOKO ONO SYSTEM. THIS ENTERTAINMENT WEBSITE IN VOLUNTARY COOPERATION WITH FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES HAVE DEVELOPED THIS SYSTEM TO KEEP YOU INFORMED IN THE EVENT OF A YOKO ONO PERFORMANCE. IF THIS HAD BEEN AN ACTUAL YOKO ONO PERFORMANCE, THE ATTENTIONAL SIGNAL YOU JUST HEARD WOULD HAVE BEEN FOLLOWED BY OFFICIAL INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO OBTAIN NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES, ACCESS TO YOUR LOCAL DISASTER AREA CONCRETE BUNKERS AND COUNTERACTING BEATLES MATERIAL INSTRUCTIONS.

    THIS WEBSITE SERVES THE PAJIBA NATION AND ELOQUENTS EVERYWHERE.

    THIS CONCLUDES THE TEST OF THE EMERGENCY YOKO ONO SYSTEM.

  • BWeaves

    Pajiba WOULD have given that warning, but due to the government shutdown, all warnings are cancelled.

  • Thanks, but too little too late. I'm already holed up in my shelter.

  • Jez

    "Hey, you guys in the band, how much vocal do you want in your monitor?" "Uh, no, we're good. We know how long we have to play. We don't need to hear that."

  • Jez

    Do you thing the members of the current iteration of this band are just hoping to make connections to get to their next gig? I hope so. I think I'd go fucking crazy if my gig was this band. What if you're the person in the shroud. Are you thinking, "What the hell am I doing with my life?"

  • Strand

    I can't hate this. Yoko Ono has obviously not given a shit what you think for a few decades now. She's obviously just seeing how far she can take it before we 'Courtney Love' her.

  • This kind of stuff is an acquired taste. It goes down a lot better with a single plum floating in perfume, served in a man's hat.

  • BWeaves

    I had to look that up. Slow clap!

  • BuffyloGal

    Nice reference!

  • Robert

    Yoko's gonna Yoko. That was tame for her.

  • emmalita

    I was going to say, looks like a regular Wednesday night for Yoko.

  • Jack London

    God, that was like a hangover set to music.

  • Kommerzschlampe

    Screw you, Metallica and Lou Reed, THIS is how you do this!

  • Fabius_Maximus

    That's an awesome nickname you have there.

  • Ben

    If you added in a walker that would be like watching my grandma jamming with a terrible bar band.

  • Tecuya

    I'm guessing (by the amount of camera time he received) that's Sean Lennon behind her.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I can only see the header photo but it sure looks like him.

  • Renton

    I was wondering why they kept shoving the camera his way. "He's not even in the Flaming Lips!" I screamed at the cat

  • Scottieboy

    People used to put up with this shit because John Lennon was stood behind her and would take a turn at the mic. The Flaming Lips are not John Lennon.

  • Brown

    The song title has cat and cry in it and Yoko is involved. I'm giving this a "Hell no."

  • Glenna Norlin

    If only I had married a supremely talented artist, I too could be guaranteed a national venue for my geriatric pranks. The joke is seriously on us.

  • BWeaves

    I should have read down further. You said what I said, only better.

  • Ian Fay

    Seemed to work for Courtney Love, right?

  • Steve Ward

    Music minus talent is not art.

  • mrsdalgliesh

    I weep for the talented musicians who would benefit from being on that stage -- and who would not torture us in the process.

  • Yocean

    Oh she's been doing that screaming thing since the 70's.

  • Drake

    One does have to give her credit for her loyalty to her artistic vision. But only for that.

  • Mrs. Julien

    She must be exhausted.

  • Gavin Smith

    What a shitshow.

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