Yoko Ono, Fly
Why critics thought it sucked: I shouldn’t even have to say, right? Because it’s Yoko Ono. Because she broke up the Beatles and because she’s a woman and because she’s Asian and because she had the audacity to marry John Saint Fucking Lennon. And because she screams. And that’s all she does. Screams. All the time. Right? I mean, we all know that, right?
Why it doesn’t suck: Because it’s a great fucking record, but I bet you haven’t heard it because of the above. You probably figured all her albums were just irritating caterwauling or whatever. But let me ask you this: do you like the B-52s or no-wave music at all? Do you like krautrock or PiL’s Metal Box? Do you need your music to always be easily-digested pop nuggets? If you answered no to any of the above, you could probably handle Fly. It’s filled with astonishing rock grooves, for one thing—“Midsummer New York” would slot in comfortably next to any mid-period Lennon song, “Mind Train” would sound great on Can’s Tago Mago, and “Hirake” comes preciously close to funk music. It’s a weird record, sure – the 22-minute “Fly” is basically a concept piece with Yoko making weird noises with her voice—but there’s plenty of great songs on here, especially the gorgeous “Mrs. Lennon.” Forget what you think you know, because most of the hatred towards her is based on pure bullshit. Spend some quality time with Fly.
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FLY PIECE (1964): Fly. This piece was first performed in Tokyo, Naiqua Gallery, 1964. Each person who attended the night flew in his/her own way. It was performed again in London at Jeanette Cochrane Theatre, by the audience who came up on the stage and jumped off the different levelled ladders prepared for them. yoko
‘Mrs Lennon’ - Yoko Ono | 1971
Directed by Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono—“Mind Holes”
Fly (Apple 1971).
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Yoko Ono - Mind Train
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“This was one of those adlib songs. I kept going on and on. John kept going on and on, too. So I didn’t stop. The next day, we listened to the tape in our hotel room. John loved this one the most amongst my songs at the time. Strangely, Sean loves MINDTRAIN, too. When Sean and I are making the program for YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND SHOW, Sean always says “And let’s do MINDTRAIN!” Like his Dad.”
- Yoko Ono, 29 May 2011
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Fly, Jeanetta Cochrane Theatre in London, 1966
Fly — consisting of the single word instruction “Fly” — was usually performed by presenting different height ladders, from which participants could jump.
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