Dystopian Art Party Podcast: Happy Birthday, Yoko Ono

Last Saturday, Yoko Ono turned 84 years old; so we’ve decided to take the opportunity to shout out one of our favorite visual and musical artists, who has been fucking shit up for five decades and is still going strong in 2017. If you’re a Yoko neophyte and want to know what the fuss is about, here’s our (deeply personal, 100% subjective) primer on why she matters and where to start. No hate allowed–Callie will ether your ass. We’re taking next month off the podcast, but we’ll be back in April with another KISS memoir. The sublime and the ridiculous, folks!

00:00:00   “Yes, I’m a Witch” by Yoko Ono (1974 recording, available on A Story)

00:03:20   “Yes, I’m Your Angel” by Yoko Ono (from Double Fantasy, 1980)

00:04:00   Our Prince and David Bowie Podcasts

00:07:45   Actual Footage of Yoko Breaking Up the Beatles by Forcing Paul McCartney to Be a Pedantic Bitch


00:07:57   The Beatles Record “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” in Twickenham Studios, a.k.a. the Ninth Circle of Hell

00:08:40   “What’s the New Mary Jane” by the Beatles featuring Yoko Ono (1968 recording, available on Anthology 3)

00:10:36   Paul and Linda McCartney’s Matching Mullets–and They Say John and Yoko were Codependent

Photo stolen from if you want good eggs you gotta feed that hen

00:13:52 “Fluxus Wallpaper” (Yoko Ono and George Maciunas, 1973)

Photo stolen from JON6 on Flickriver

00:13:57 No. 4 (Yoko Ono, 1966)


00:18:08   “Revolution 9” by the Beatles featuring Yoko Ono (from The Beatles, 1968)

00:22:40   “Mind Holes” by Yoko Ono (from Fly, 1971)

00:26:45   “Apple” (Yoko Ono, 1966)

© Yoko Ono

00:27:02 The Decidedly Yoko-Inspired Apple Records Logo

© Apple Records

00:30:34 “Hirake” by Yoko Ono (from Fly)

00:32:14   Zach in One of Yoko’s Bags at the Reykjavík Art Museum

00:33:02   Grapefruit (Yoko Ono, 1964)–Now Back in Print (But Not with This Dope-Ass Cover)

© Sphere Books; photo stolen from Iconic Auctions.

00:36:11 Cut Piece (Yoko Ono, 1964)


00:38:39   “Cloud Piece” (Yoko Ono, 1963)

Photo stolen from Modern Art Oxford

00:38:46 John Lennon’s Imagine Artwork with Quote from “Cloud Piece” (Bottom Left)

© Apple Records

00:39:05 “Imagine” by John Lennon (from Imagine, 1971)

00:43:35   “Give Peace a Chance” by John and Yoko, Live at Madison Square Garden, 1972 (from Live in New York City)

00:46:57   A Spaniard in the Works (John Lennon, 1965)

00:47:46   Closing Sequence from John and Yoko’s Imagine Film, 1972

00:49:07   The Chess Scene from John and Yoko’s Imagine, featuring Yoko’s “Don’t Count the Waves”

00:49:44   Bed Peace (Yoko Ono and John Lennon, 1969)

00:52:00   John and Yoko Explain Bagism to Dick Cavett, 1972

00:53:24   “The Ballad of John and Yoko” by the Beatles (1969 single, available on Past Masters)

00:54:51   “My Mommy is Beautiful” (Yoko Ono, 2004)

00:55:38   Jessica Put Her Mom on Blast in Reykjavík


Don’t put your mom on blast like that Jessica (My Mommy is Beautiful, Yoko Ono)

A post shared by Zach (@poorlonelycomputer) on Oct 15, 2016 at 9:21am PDT

00:56:27 “My Mommy is Beautiful” with Helmets and Pieces of Sky, Reykjavík Art Museum

Photo stolen from Reykjavík Art Museum

00:57:32   “Woman Power” by Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band (from Feeling the Space, 1973)

00:58:43   The Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island, Reykjavík (Yoko Ono, 2016)

© Yoko Ono

00:59:30   Yoko Ono’s Wish Trees

00:59:59   “Arising” (Yoko Ono, 2013)

Photo stolen from Visit Reykjavik

01:01:29 My Favorite Wish from Yoko’s Reykjavík Wish Tree


“I wish they would water Yoko’s trees”

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01:02:15   “Painting to Hammer a Nail” (Yoko Ono, 1961)

01:02:30   “Mend Piece” (Yoko Ono, 1966)

01:04:44   “Telephone Piece” (Yoko Ono, 1964)

01:05:56   “Promise Piece” (Yoko Ono, 1966)

01:06:28   “Death of Samantha” by Yoko Ono (from Approximately Infinite Universe, 1973)

01:09:26   “Whole Lotta Yoko” by the “Dirty Mac” (John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Mitch Mitchell) featuring Yoko Ono and Ivry Gitlis (from The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, 1968)

01:12:52   “Why” by Yoko Ono (from Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, 1970)

01:15:14   “Who Has Seen the Wind?” by Yoko Ono (1970 B-side, available on Wedding Album)

01:17:52   “Sisters, O Sisters” by John Lennon and Yoko Ono (from Some Time in New York City, 1972)

01:19:19   The Ongoing Yoko Ono Reissue Project (Secretly Canadian Records)

01:21:41   “Oh Yoko!” by John Lennon (from Imagine)


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