Is Yoko Ono's Glastonbury Performance the Worst Show Ever?

We'd call it an atrocity, but it might offend those praising the show as "a great post modern punk set." So you tell us.

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Yoko Ono's recent Glastonbury performance was undoubtedly quite a shocker, receiving massive hate as possibly the worst performance ever, but also getting praised for courage and creativity.

The footage of "Don't Worry, Kyoko" caught a lot of public attention, fetching up to five or even 10 times more views than clips of Metallica, Jack White or Lana Del Rey.

Although her band did a fair job, Yoko's out-of-time, out-of-tune singing is what caused the biggest uproar. We might call it horrid, but it could offend those calling it "a great post modern punk set."

As far as the fan reaction goes, the comments vary from "I maintain that Lennon asked the guy to shoot him" or "If you look closely, their ears are bleeding! Yucko Oh No!" all the way to "Yes! This is amazing! Yoko still has 'it' and the ability to p-ss off folks who prefer their music safe and homogenized. She has pushed through boundaries her entire life, but I guess some folks like to be behind fences."

"This is a great post modern punk set," one of the fans said. "Honestly the little snots complaining about this don't deserve to call themselves Beatles fans because you are boring straights and don't get art. No wonder John hated you."

So check out the footage below and let us know - an atrocity or a brilliant statement agains homogenized music?

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    "This is a great post modern punk set" F'ing hipsters...
    Hipster Music Logic: If sounds like a cat being blended, its art. If it can be agreed upon by the majority of people as being tastefully artistic, its sell-out conformist music." BZZZZZMMMMRRREEEEEOOOOWWWWWZZZZZ - Hipster No.I (Because Arabic numbers are mainstream)
    s**t, it sounds like karaoke party at the retirement home ...and this mouth sucked John Lennon's cock
    Fuck man, now I have to imagine John Lennon getting a blowjob. I'm eating breakfast here, cmon
    Imagine that he's cumming Right there into your food Rubbing his cock hard All that creamy white goo I should try less.
    Leave it 10 minutes and turn your corn flakes into frosties...
    I WAS have frosted flakes too... And this morning I spilled milk all over myself and thought of this.. Fuck.
    So she sucked his that supposed to magically make her talented??? that logic, Courtney love would be talented too.
    For f*ck sake, man! I just bought a nice meat feast pizza, too! Well.. into the freezer for tomorrow then.
    You should get a PayPal donation link, because this comment is worth pure ****ing gold!
    If this makes the top UG comments at the end of the year, they need to include all of these other comments too. They just add onto the awesomeness.
    Worst thing is, like someone else already said, I'm sure people wouldn't call that thing "art" if the singer wasn't Yoko. If the singer was some random dude shouting on the stage I'm sure they'd say something like "lol he's drunk lolololol"
    The term 'art' gets thrown around way too easily nowadays
    What is an instance in which "art" is "thrown around"? The very nature of art is perceived to be only within culturally appreciated things. The definition is so narrow to many people. If one is expressing something, that is art. Go to Indonesia and listen to the ringing on the gamelan in all its microtonal glory--very musical--very artistic. Listen to Ono's curdling screeches--idiosyncratic joy. Art.
    Well, in the last 100 years or so, a lot of art has lost the "pleasing to the senses" thing and gone for "unpleasant for the sake of it". Shockingly, most people find that obnoxious...
    There's a difference between art and pure rubbish. Ono's 'singing' is nothing more than someone who can't produce a decent vocal delivery. Art my arse
    I think of art that stimulates the senses, making both your very senses as well as the music speak to you in a personal way. When I hear a beautiful orchestra perform a composition by Brahms, or a powerful guitar solo by Gary Moore or Brian May, my ears feel at peace or excited, my senses are telling me this is good. The song can bring me back to a time or place where I first heard it, or it could impress me by the musicianship, or it can move me almost to tears at how my senses respond to the melody. When I hear Yoko Ono, my ears say "Oh god, please make this end" and the song is telling me "I should have never been written." So in a sense, I would say this is art. Shitty art, but art none the less.
    Let's not forget that art can be absolute shite; it's not synonymous with quality. In that way, yes - Yoko Ono's 'curdling screeches' are art. Just not even remotely good art.
    you can eat shit if you like the taste of it but im not going to....
    In a sense, I see how this is art. I've heard art be defined as something that brings on a reaction, and this certainly fits the bill. Even in a musical setting you could argue there's some thought that's gone into the compostion of it, in that against the backdrop of the band there's... Well, Yoko. It's all about the contrast. However, I don't like it and I'll avoid listening to this.
    It was kind of groovy until I realised she's actually singing...
    I'm into a lot of avant-garde stuff and even I thought it was terrible. Yoko is a talentless hack who tries to pass her stuff off as avant-garde, and some people do fall for it.
    What "avant-garde" do you listen to if you find Yoko unsatisfactory? Have you actually listened to the early 20th century composers such as Ruggles, Varese, or even Stravinsky? Is your sole definition of "avant-garde" those contemporary metal bands such as Mr Bungle, Fantomas, Unexpect, et cetera? Ono's performances are alike the relics of extreme sonic experiments of the early 20th century, and if you find her to be a "talentless hack", you really do not have a grip of what is considered a piece within the genre. If you like Mr Bungle, "Disco Volante" has moments of vocal oddity similar to this. Even some of Lou Reed's works are pretty damn experimental and alike this. You probably are not a fan of Lulu. Like, what freaking "avant-garde" do you listen if this was "terrible"?
    This is not a vocal "oddity". It is someone who cannot sing, cannot hold time, cannot recognise a key and cannot do vibrato so has to sound like a bad case of hiccups. Avante garde is experimental on purpose. This is just shit by accident and lack of talent.
    For the record, I have listened to Disco Volante. Patton's screaming are organized, creates crushing atmosphere of despair, are intricate, and extremely hard to imitate. This LITERALLY sounds like an retirement home karaoke.
    stravinsky is not avant-garde. john cage is avant-garde. yoko's been freeloading since she cozied up to the beatles and is thrown onstage because people will watch it like a shitty movie sequel. shes touched john lennon oooh ahhh. her music is nothing like 20th century modernism stop trying to draw parallels. This isnt vocal styling its the only way she can sing, its not premeditated "im gonna use this tone and freak ppl out"
    I do like Bungle, but I wouldn't consider them avant-garde except for some parts of Disco Volante, which sounds nothing like this. More John Zorn type stuff.
    I feel sorry for the poor guys who had to play on stage with her.
    So basically Yoko Ono gives a show like she has given a show her entire life and people start raging about it in 2014?
    Yeah, she's been like this forever, and that's what caught Lennon's eye.
    and when i sung like that in arts and crafts class i had an "attitude" problem....
    So.. this gets a free pass for being "artsy" whereas the idea of Metallica scared them? This is nightmare fuel in comparison!
    Is that bloody blues-rock riff non-homogenized music?! Fuck my life, Robert Johnson was a post-modern-dadaist-performance artist then! I guess that being modern is quite easy when you know a shit about music.
    "This is a great post modern punk set," one of the fans said. "Honestly the little snots complaining about this don't deserve to call themselves Beatles fans because you are boring straights and don't get art. No wonder John hated you." This statement has won the most stupid internet comment award thus far. Just saying that to be a Beatles fan you have to like this by itself is stupid enough. What the **** is wrong with her voice? She's drunk right?
    On another hand, looking at some of the people get into it, it just fulfils the stereotype of Glastonbury being frequented by a lot of upper-middle class wannabe-bohemia hippies who when asked about this performance would be like "Oh yeah, she's a pioneer, like, I really like her vibe, I think she says alot about things"
    No, no, no. Honestly, I don't understand those guys saying that THIS is art. Are they trying to be genuine? Smarter than the Ono haters? I dunno.This show was awful. Completely horrible. Terrorific. I'd never wonder that something like that could even happen at a festival, even Glastonbury. It really piss me off 'cause it's pretty obvious that Yoko Ono is there because she is Lennon's widow. Her art concept is so awkward and annoying that I can't understand how she has fans, or whatever you call those guys.What about the timing concept? Tuning concept? And the most important question: Why the crowd didn't throw her some rubbish in order to show their concept of "art"?
    I love how all those hipsters in the crowd tried so hard to pretend like this wasn't complete shit.
    "folks who prefer their music safe and homogenized" Who are the psychos that actually have opinions like this? I prefer my milk safe and homogenized too. What's so wrong with that?
    That it's ****ing boring to people that enjoy other kinds of unprocessed milk, like getting goat milk right on the street.
    Going agaist-the-grain for the sake of being different isn't creative, it's self-indulgent contratianism
    This video, this post, just made me angrier then I was today. I tired and beat from work, I click this sh*t expecting a laugh, but f*ck, I can`t. I just can`t. I`m in shock that this talentless c*nt is allowed to play Glastonbury just because she used to swallowed John Lennon`s load when he was alive. And Metallica gets Glastonbury fan rage? Even if they are sloppy live, they at least sound great! even is it!? A 60 year old hooker gargling balls sounds better! My god, the sound of vaginal lips vibrating after queefing sound in tune compared to her voice! "This is a great post modern punk set".....really you turd? What!? Why don't you go shove poison ivy up your ass, and then swallow rocks, so that when you sh*t the rocks alleviate the pain in your anus! That's f*cking original! Totally not f*cking mainstream! Go ahead, do it before its even popular! People like Yoko and hipster twats just ruin my day. If you`re saying "Don't watch the damn video then", yeah, you`re totally right, I can`t argue with that logic. I apologize for the stupid long rant, but not for Yoko. What!? TLDR? Basically I hate Yoko Ono and Hipsters, they ruin society, blah blah blah, k, thx, bye!
    'Yoko still has 'it' and the ability to p-ss off folks who prefer their music safe and homogenized.' ANYONE CAN FUCKING DO THIS SHIT, SHE JUST GETS THE ATTENTION BECAUSE HER HUSBAND WAS FAMOUS. Bruce Dickinson's comments about Glasto ring true once again.
    replica_ · Jul 10, 2014 05:47 PM
    Absurdly generic guitar work, awful singing. Yet, people are comparing it to the ****ing Holocaust, which isn't fair. I've heard worse, even from Yoko herself. On the other hand, all the trendies calling that song a masterpiece are simply pretentious ****faces. To sum things up, the whole situation is a bag of shite.
    Yep, in the original you can even see Eric Clapton going what the F***? Like when Chuck Berry was pissed when Yoko did her horrid screams nobody has tolerance for this, and this isn't jazz not even close to fusion derpty derp whoever thinks that is a moron....sorry just had to say that cause it's true whoever thinks this is jazz or any kind of avant-garde music needs to learn a thing or two about music. nuff said
    Imagine she started the set with "why"? If you don't know the song do yourself and check it on youtube. You will be a bad way. Yoko Ono - Why
    I know the Glastonbury crowd was against James Hetfield hunting, but I'm sure they were wishing he would shoot Yoko after hearing this. I know I am.
    I'm not seeing the problem - she's an old woman having fun, there's no ring-fence keeping the audience in place, and lets face it there's been far worse 'singers' out there - early Napalm Death, anyone? edit: ffs, I just checked - the woman's 81, and she's up there instead of dribbling in her bovril in a home somewhere. Catch a grip people.
    jeeze why dont you just eat her dried up snatch while youre down there on your knees... my grandma can do the same shit the difference is she has the class and the brains to know shed be making a fool of herself
    Sounds like Radiohead to me...
    Has no one even noticed Yo La Tengo is her backing band? Thats legendary. But the fact that no one has noticed is probably a sign I should stop coming to UG.
    she's one fortunate broad to be were she is(wherever that may be), good for her lennon loved him some asian snizz.
    Scott O
    I'm pretty sure I saw her 2 days ago in the alley behind my house at 5:30 am collecting cans.
    My country's eurovision song from last year, sung in Amsterdam live was the worst performance ever, it's like watching Jabba The Hutt have an epileptic seizure...I mean really, check it out for yourselves, it's horrid!!! If Yoko and Esma got together, they would have the world on it's knees bleeding from the ears in a matter of minutes!
    The dude sang well, I was really enjoying it. Then whatever that thing is started singing.