It Was 36 Years Ago Today

… John Lennon and Yoko Ono joined Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention on stage at the Fillmore East where they performed three songs – “Well (Baby Please Don’t Go)”, “Scumbag”, and “Au”. Yoko arranged for the event to be filmed and audio of the songs were later released on John Lennon’s album, “Some Time in New York City“. Just in case the Sgt. Pepper album’s 40th anniversary hype has been getting on your nerves, here’s a clip of the rather infamous “Scumbag“. More, as ever, on YouTube.

13 Responses to “It Was 36 Years Ago Today”

  1. xorg says:

    Imagine a world without Yoko Ono…

  2. SOFA - Philostopher/Chef says:

    It’s easy if you try…

  3. Wannabeard says:

    My first encounter (and I think only, so far) with the verbal side of Yoko Ono was this particular video.
    Imagine the shock…

  4. ken duvall says:

    I was at the early show, and enjoyed it quite a bit, but John and
    Yoko did their thing at the late show…
    Back then I did not drive, so I had to rely on others, who usually
    preferred an early show !

  5. Paul Sempschi says:

    According to Miles’ bio, Frank was pretty pissed about Yoko’s wailing as it did disrupt the band’s performance. Which is a shame because that first number, “Baby Please Dont Go” was a great set-up for a blistering 20 minute encore.

  6. scott says:

    I had never seen this part of the video.
    John seemed to be having fun conducting the band.
    Yoko is just….well, YOKO. Awwwwk!

  7. scott says:

    AWwwwWwwWK!

  8. urbangraffito says:

    C’mon…Yoko isn’t all that bad. Besides her musical contributions to the world of art, just look at her other accomplishments: selling John Lennon’s name to a shoe manufacturer, being one hell of a business woman, and dodging bullets while her spouse is standing right next to her. Wow. But in this video, she was a good sport!

  9. danny says:

    Urbangraffito: Hilarious!!!!!!!! Not to mention her attempts to remove Julian from family history…..

  10. go yoko says:

    a bunch of nobodies putting her down– wow! new concept–
    she was john’s catalyst, and you guys are… nothing… c ya

  11. Jeroen says:

    I like her art work, when seen in historical perspective. Some of her songs are good as well. She was a big positive influence on John.
    Granted, thrice granted
    But “A small eternity with Yoko Ono” only gets play time in my house if I want to crack up my five year old daughter. She thinks it’s hilarious. (Time to google up Litanies of Satan by Diamanda Galas, it’s out there somewhere. THAT is a much more interesting aproach to avant garde use of voice).

  12. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    There’s also this. Kudos to Yoko for leveraging Lennon’s music to aid the situation in Darfur. It’s just: she’s not much of a singer, ya have to admit! :)

  13. urbangraffito says:

    go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko go yoko
    c ya
    p.s. i’m sure gonna miss ya…bop bop bop