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.

Is Yoko Ono's Glastonbury Performance the Worst Show Ever?
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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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    AndywinXp
    "This is a great post modern punk set" F'ing hipsters...
    Shaggy91
    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)
    real182
    s**t, it sounds like karaoke party at the retirement home ...and this mouth sucked John Lennon's cock
    Everlong729
    Fuck man, now I have to imagine John Lennon getting a blowjob. I'm eating breakfast here, cmon
    tonello
    Imagine that he's cumming Right there into your food Rubbing his cock hard All that creamy white goo I should try less.
    Jv-e
    Leave it 10 minutes and turn your corn flakes into frosties...
    Everlong729
    I WAS have frosted flakes too... And this morning I spilled milk all over myself and thought of this.. Fuck.
    killaudio666
    So she sucked his dick...is that supposed to magically make her talented???...by that logic, Courtney love would be talented too.
    Izzy-Sweet
    For f*ck sake, man! I just bought a nice meat feast pizza, too! Well.. into the freezer for tomorrow then.
    svelle
    You should get a PayPal donation link, because this comment is worth pure ****ing gold!
    diablo9333
    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.
    AndywinXp
    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"
    cyclonus
    The term 'art' gets thrown around way too easily nowadays
    YoungFluff
    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.
    cyclonus
    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
    TomusAM
    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.
    Who66
    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...
    Scarface88
    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.
    j-mac71
    you can eat shit if you like the taste of it but im not going to....
    PoloSG68
    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.
    TryTheKetchup
    It was kind of groovy until I realised she's actually singing...
    Mikethespud
    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.
    YoungFluff
    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"?
    SkepsisMetal
    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.
    Shaico
    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.
    j-mac71
    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"
    Mikethespud
    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.