Yoko Ono

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Will Yoko Ono be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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DON"T LET HER IN BEFORE RINGO!!!

Posted by chris on Friday, 12.8.06 @ 15:23pm


Although Yoko Ono is a very brillant woman, both intellectually and artisticaly. The world was NEVER really ready for Yoko, and probably still isn't.

I believe that the major obstacle Yoko has faced since 1968 is the fact that she has always had to have her work viewed as sort of "in a shadow". She has always had to emerge her artistry from behind the shadow that was the light of John Lennon.

Posted by Romanowski Studios on Sunday, 12.10.06 @ 23:30pm


Semi influential, and I like some of it, but she's hardly Hall Of Fame worthy by any means. I wish she was taken seriously by the masses, but it won't happen, and it's probably why this site should lose this page altogether.

Posted by Casper on Monday, 12.11.06 @ 02:30am


Are you kidding? What exactly has Yoko done to warrant such an honor? Being the wife of John Lennon and aiding in the breakup of the Beatles aren't big positive accomplishments. Is she simply famous for being famous?

Posted by RobertP on Tuesday, 03.20.07 @ 21:13pm


Yoko was a famous artist before she met John, and had very little to do with the breakup of the Beatles. Don't post on things you don't know about, it's not clever.

Posted by Kit on Wednesday, 03.21.07 @ 01:12am


You shoundn't talk Kit, at all.
She should not be in all. She has no talent in music.

Posted by Anthony Long on Saturday, 04.7.07 @ 19:12pm


So I'm curious: What have you heard? Why isn't it good? And if it's so goddam terrible, why did John Lennon love all of it and why are there even today a slew of young artists trying to emulate her avant-garde style?

Posted by William on Saturday, 04.7.07 @ 20:08pm


He feel in love with her artwork not her music. Have you heard her sing? Do you think it's good,if you have heard it?

Posted by Anthony Long on Sunday, 04.8.07 @ 22:52pm


It's not as awful as people like to pretend, and in any case, that's one aspect of the whole. Artistically, she was years if not decades before her time, and people still take inspiration from her and the rest of the Fluxus scene.

Posted by William on Tuesday, 04.10.07 @ 20:39pm


I guess the 84% that voted only pretended to vote NO. HUH

Posted by Anthony Long on Tuesday, 04.17.07 @ 16:16pm


These are the same people giving Linkin Park a resounding "YES."

Posted by William on Tuesday, 04.17.07 @ 18:21pm


People are voting on a caricature of Yoko, not the woman's works. There's also the consideration that most (if not all) of her work falls outside of rock/pop.

And John loved Yoko's music. That's why he put it on his records.

Posted by Kit on Tuesday, 04.17.07 @ 18:27pm


Well..., she has released about 20 official albums. I don't give a damm about rocks and roll halls of fames and all that crap, but I think that she has worked very hard and she deserves to be there as a rocker. With seventy something she is still rock and rolling, and how!
Before saying something against her, I recommend to hear the music and listen to the lyrics of these FIVE albums:
"SEASON OF GLASS"
"FEELING THE SPACE"
"RISING"
"APROXIMATELY INFINITE UNIVERSE"
"DOUBLE FANTASY"

Posted by Jorge Artajo on Thursday, 04.19.07 @ 17:23pm


yoko shouldn't be on the ballet just like kiss. . . she broke up the beetles.

Posted by asdf on Saturday, 05.26.07 @ 13:12pm


Yes, and Yoko is a horrendous speller, too.

Posted by shawn mc on Saturday, 05.26.07 @ 13:14pm


To quote Barenaked Ladies: "And Yoko sings like: WAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIYOAAAOAOAOYOAYOYOAOYYO!"

Posted by Holty on Friday, 06.22.07 @ 18:35pm


"why did John Lennon love all of it and why are there even today a slew of young artists trying to emulate her avant-garde style?"

sorry, this is DEFINITELY my opinion kicking in, but i think think John Lennon was an incompetent dick. A bloke who preched that 'all you need is love' when he had pretty much everything else. He's definitely my least favourite of the Beatles, just below Ringo cos of Thomas the Tank. And Yoko never impressed me much, either. More diverse than Lennon, but not great.

Posted by liam on Friday, 09.7.07 @ 15:39pm


One listen to her music and you'll see why John Lennon was so mesmerized...like the sirens of titan.

Posted by P. Onyou on Wednesday, 04.16.08 @ 19:13pm


William her music is as aweful as people like to pretend. Jorge, I actually did listen to what u recommended and it stunk worse than a septic tank. Finally, well said Liam. Well said.

Posted by Todd on Wednesday, 08.20.08 @ 11:45am


All I can say is Yoko? Oh NO!!!

Posted by Eamon on Saturday, 08.30.08 @ 17:09pm


Rocks real Witch
why not they have Madonna in.
Yes see sounds dreadful.

Posted by metalman on Wednesday, 10.8.08 @ 11:03am


Just a note: John Lennon would have few experimental credentials if he'd never met Yoko. Double Fantasy is a telling example; John's work sounds old fashioned while the Yoko songs are modern (she helped make that music possible.) She was responsible for some of his most forward thinking moments.

People who slam Yoko are probably general population, herd-minded Beatle fans who heard Two Virgins once or have never been exposed to any underground music. She was among the first international artists to make use of the innovations German groups like Can and Neu! brought forth. Some of her music does tend towards performance art rather than popular song but it's not quite to the extent people make it out to be. Her Plastic Ono Band and Fly records are pretty good.

I don't think she will get in but it would be a great "f*** you" to the vanilla crowd. I wouldn't mind seeing that.

Posted by Jonas on Friday, 12.19.08 @ 06:24am


"John's work sounds old fashioned while Yoko's work sounds modern"

How dare you call John Lennon old fashioned? Maybe that's a compliment because "modern music" especially Yoko Ono's, sucks. I will always "Oh No" to the egg "Yolk" that is "Yolk O. Oh No".

P.S. Who the Hell is the Vanilla Crowd?

Posted by Firebrick on Friday, 12.19.08 @ 10:35am


Firebrick, I believe "Vanilla crowd" refers to white people, WASPs in particular.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 12.19.08 @ 23:11pm


Compare latter day Beatles to John's songs on Double Fantasy; his style hasn't changed much. It's very much rooted in older forms. Yoko Ono's music was clearly informed by the punk and new wave artists of the day...artists she is considered an influence on. Also, Lennon has acknowledged Yoko's impact on him as a person and as a musician. He was very open about it.

Don't get me wrong, I don't mean to imply John Lennon's work was bad because of this. I'm an ardent Beatles/John Lennon supporter. It's just a simple, truthful observation. Also, why would you trash someone who markedly improved John Lennon's life? Someone John Lennon loved very much and someone who loved him equally so?

Oh, "vanilla" is a term to describe straightforward or bland taste. People who say asinine things like "modern music sucks" are vanilla. You're an excellent example! Thanks for proving my point.

Cheers!

Posted by Jonas on Friday, 12.19.08 @ 23:20pm


lol. What's to say though? There's a LOT of crappy modern music. Of course, not everything from the 60's and 70's came up roses either.

Double Fantasy isn't a fair comparison either, though. I think of that album as his way of mellowing out. I see it as songs with a calmed spirit that had matured, much in the same way I see Leonard Cohen's "Closing Time."

As for Yoko, though, I think what makes a lot of the songs she did listenable are the musicians who sat in and played with her. Listen to "Mindtrain." Or "Sisters O Sisters." Or even her modern hits on the Dance scene. It's the work mainly of the musicians and producers. Her brilliance is in the lyricizing. And of course, being so political in her music and art, she endears herself to the high-art crowd. She's not a great singer. She's not the worst I've heard, but she's really not that terrific.

I'm almost tempted to say if you're going to induct her, make it as a Non-Performer, since it's really more through her art and politicking that she's influenced rock'n'roll, maybe moreso than her actual music itself.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 01:38am


Thanks for the clarification. Anyways, you can like yoko Ono if you want but personally I find her music unlistenable.

Peace

Posted by Firebrick on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 10:52am


"...if you're going to induct her, make it as a Non-Performer." - Philip
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Philip, the ONLY way Yoko could get in would be as a NON-Performer. But that honor is typically for writers, producers, DJs, and the like. Yoko Ono was/is a so-called avante-garde artist who tried (plied?) her craft in rock music. Her camp singing had appeal for other reasons(?) than listenability (my way of saying, "beats me???"). Yoko is an interesting (but, not very) person, whose musical contributions are an unintelligible blip on the rock radar. But you did good, you actually named two (2) of her songs.

Jonas, "vanilla" does mean bland, but does not mean "straightforward" (which is often not bland).

Brick, I'm with you. Peace & Love!

Posted by Telarock on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 12:34pm


Telarock, I actually own a few of her albums. She does indeed hire quality musicians to play on her albums. That you gotta give her. It's Alright (I See Rainbows) isn't too bad, as she sticks mainly to the Western conventions of music on it. And I think that might be the rub. I'm not well-versed on Oriental music, as what I've heard hasn't appealed to me a whole lot.

And that there may be the rub. I don't know if her singing would be deemed great in the Far East or not. But it is kinda judgmental for us to use our Western conventions, especially when the goal at times isn't even music itself, but avant-garde art made with sounds. (Then again, we also have Kyu Sakamoto and Shonen Knife as examples of decent singing from Asia.)

I don't know if she actually plays any instruments, but it seems to me, that if she does, you could almost compare her to Bob Dylan (note: I said ALMOST!). Neither one are remembered for being good singers, but more for their writing and the politics therein. If the Beatles had broken up before John met Yoko, she might have been commercially bigger and might even be inducted in the Hall by now. Maybe not. Tough to tell.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 17:23pm


Telarock - "Jonas, "vanilla" does mean bland, but does not mean "straightforward" (which is often not bland)."

I agree, that's true but I meant straightforward as in not veering away from or just simply favoring conventional favorites rather than attempting to understand a wider world of artists or techniques.

Posted by Jonas on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 22:40pm


Wow Philip, its late but I gotta reply to you. Of course were being judgemental ... isnt that the whole idea of the FRH website? Your being a nice guy might be messing with your mind. (smile) Why would you even "compare her to Bob Dylan" - like comparing a rubber dingy to a cruiseship! C'mon Philip!!! But I do confess to not having any of her albums. (me very big hypocrite)

I also have some learning to do re Oriental music. There is a group "Loudness" (Raudonesu?) who are glam/metal rock. Their lead guitarist is called "the greatest guitar player you never heard of." So I checked them out, hoping they would bring something different based on cultural difference. But it seems all they want to do is pattern themselves after Western groups. They are very good artists, but I was very disappointed that they dont sound 'different.'

I'm still looking/hoping for a fresh exciting rock sound to come out of China or Japan.

BTW: FRH, are you gonna give us a page for Loudness? They should have one (my opinion). Domo!

Posted by Telarock on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 23:28pm


lol I meant judgmental in a closed-minded way. Not judgmental in a healthy and critical way.

And I said "ALMOST" compare her to Dylan. I even made a point to point out "almost" as the qualifier. Her writing tends to be too didactic to seriously compare her to Dylan, but the point was, they're both known as politically active songwriters whose ability to sing are notoriously questionable.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 23:40pm


I don't think she is a bad artist by any means but I wouldn't say she is worthy of the rock & roll hall of fame.

Posted by WC on Sunday, 01.4.09 @ 21:26pm


Yoko Ono is another Satanist. She brainwashed John Lennon and broke up The Beatles with her dark magic and voodoo. John Lennon was really killed by Evangelical Monks who were after Yoko (they wanted to burn her at the stake) but he got caught in the crossfire and Yoko got away with it. Next, she cursed Paul McCartney and made him marry that legless ex-prostitute Heather Mills (who is also a witch and used to be a man). Heather (Heathen) Mills used her gold digging ways to steal lots of Paul's hard earned money. Both Yoko and Heather are gold diggers, talentless, hate seeking satanists and witches who must be stopped.

Posted by Kuman on Sunday, 06.14.09 @ 12:36pm


Kuman are you crazy?

Posted by Popcorn on Sunday, 06.14.09 @ 15:53pm


YES!!!!! Next question....

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 06.14.09 @ 15:55pm


All you critics can laugh off my warnings of an upcoming apocalypse but when judgement day is upon us my visions have told me that Satan itself will manifest on Madonna the celebrity. On this day, dark forces like Yoko Ono and Heathen Mills will bring evil to an all time high. Giant spiders will rain from the sky and Quetzalcoatl will himself appear

Doomsday is near

You have all been warned

Posted by Kuman the Prophet on Sunday, 06.14.09 @ 16:58pm


You know Kuman the Prophet, oddly enough, I also had visions of the future. In my visions I saw the Backstreet Boys AND the Spice Girls both become inducted into the RRHOF. Shortly thereafter, the world ended.

But then I woke up only to find it was a bad dream.

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 06.14.09 @ 17:12pm


Are you mocking me? Because geniuses are always mocked

Beware: Satan is comming

Posted by Kuman the Prophet on Sunday, 06.14.09 @ 17:22pm


I'm not mocking you!! It's true. I saw leprechauns!

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 06.14.09 @ 17:33pm


Then I do not trust you because leprechauns are servants of the Lord of the Flies, Satan himself

Posted by Kuman the Prophet on Sunday, 06.14.09 @ 17:37pm


My visions have told me that this site is routinely visited by satanists and for that reason I must leave and spread my wisdom elsewhere

You are all doomed if you don't believe in Kuman the Prophet

Posted by Kuman the Prophet on Sunday, 06.14.09 @ 18:32pm


Good, leave us. You and that nutjob Gonlan have done enough to pollute this site today with your nonsensical rambling

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 06.14.09 @ 18:34pm


Kuman -

I just have to say this:

(we hear western music in the background)

"This here site ain't big enough for the both of us"...

As the site's resident Zoroastrian, I feel I should warn you I am fully prepared to unleash the forces of the god Ahura Mazda upon you, lest you fail to recognize my powers over the site. In just this last week alone I've sacrificed several dogs and cats, at least three fish I caught from a local creek, a possum I caught outside the toolshed in the back yard, and approximately 585 earthworms.

My powers are awesome at this point (mainly due to the worms) and I shall unleash my powers upon thee if necessary. Heed my warning...


Just don't contact the SPCA... they've got my picture on the 10 most wanted list...

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 06.14.09 @ 19:21pm


Cheesecrop, that's probably the best post I've ever read

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 06.14.09 @ 23:26pm


Cheesie...why didn't you just sacrifice Yoko...or at least her vocal chords...????

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 06.15.09 @ 06:08am


I have a better idea - why don't we just sacrifice the actual RnRHoF. Now that should appease the Gods.

Hey Kuman - thanks for the giggle.

As Bowie said "5 Years, stuck on my mind; 5 years, what a surprise, we've got 5 years, my brain hurts a lot; 5 years, that's all we got"

When Quetzalcoatl comes to destroy all, can I be stuck in an elevator with Maria Sharapova while listening to elevator music?

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 06.15.09 @ 09:06am


2 things -

1. Sacrificing Yoko's vocal chords wouldn't be of much help - we're not talking heavy currency on the demi-god exchange market here...
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2.When Quetzalcoatl comes to destroy all, can I be stuck in an elevator with Maria Sharapova while listening to elevator music?

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 06.15.09 @ 09:06am
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I'll give you an either/or here:

First off, you can have Sharapova, but meet a certain end at the hands (or beak) of Q; or,

I'll take Sharapova, but you'll end up surviving -remember the old saying, "music calms the savage beast"

Maria's moaning will probably be of little interest to this creature - HOWEVER... a little bland music may go a long way...

think it over...

Posted by Cheesecrop on Monday, 06.15.09 @ 18:04pm


Hey Cheese - no doubt about my answer!

I will take my chances in the elevator with MS. Q may have a beak, but I was born and raised in the Bronx. There is nothing that can compare to the hell that was the Bronx in the 70's.

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 06.15.09 @ 18:12pm


I have to say, that Kuman guy is pretty creative!

Posted by Keebord on Monday, 06.15.09 @ 18:16pm


It is a HORRIBLE shame how people down grade Yoko,! Just like Coven or many others , She has not been put into the Hall of Fame... The best of the Beatles and John's song writting was when Yoko helped him tuned in to his true interself Her musical influence can be heard on all of Johns better songs ,From the Beatles to just John.. !!!

Posted by rockinsue on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 12:28pm


You must be joking or you know absolutely nothing of that situation. She convinced John that he was the "musical genius" of that group (nothing could be further from the truth) and that he didn't need them. Henceforth...the demise of probably the most important group in popular music history. All because of the (very strange) influence of a screeching hag...

Like they say..."Love is blind (and dumb, in some cases).

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 12:40pm


Git... Yoko wasn't the only factor though. Remember, McCartney's ego was of epic proportions at the time. The other three found him so insufferable to work with, that they all wrote and recorded songs to vent about how impossible he was. There were a lot of things that broke up the Beatles. Yoko probably played a part, but I doubt she's even half-responsible.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 12:50pm


I had also heard that in itself, plus I've heard that Paul was being difficult because if Yoko's constant meddling...and John allowing it.

"What happened to just the four of us making music", if you will...

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 13:18pm


Like they say..."Love is blind (and dumb, in some cases).

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 12:40pm

Don't forget about deaf

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 13:19pm


I meant "of", Philip...I was just testing you, of course.???!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 13:20pm


The best thing that ever happen to all of the Beatles was Yoko .At last each of the musicians found themselfs.. She freed them all.John and Yoko came out with some of best music post all of the Beatles .. I find Yoko as under rated as the GOD of Blus... SRV or even Coven. As I have noticed many here feel the same..
Yes Yoko is musical truth and light.... If John was still living ,he would surely agee.! "Just Yoko and ME that is reality.."

Posted by rockinsue on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 13:33pm


If that's true (and I do mean "if") then she's just a scapegoat. It hadn't been just the four of them making music very much. George had to keep bringing in guest musicians (see Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, et al) to keep them from fighting with each other in the studio, in a "watch your manners in front of guests" kind of way.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 13:34pm


If that's true (and I do mean "if") then she's just a scapegoat. It hadn't been just the four of them making music very much. George had to keep bringing in guest musicians (see Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, et al) to keep them from fighting with each other in the studio, in a "watch your manners in front of guests" kind of way.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 13:34pm
Philip
It is not "if" it is the truth..
Also John and Yoko put out the best of all of the Beatles before an after. Then George,Ringo and then last Paul.. The true light finaly came through the cracks ,!

Posted by rockinsue on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 13:42pm


No Sue, I said "if" because Gitarzan said "if" when he meant "of". Joke between us.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 13:50pm


No Sue, I said "if" because Gitarzan said "if" when he meant "of". Joke between us.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 13:50pm

Well I am glade it is just a joke.. The next thing
I may hear is SRV is not the best bluesman EVER.. !
The joke are the old so called bluesmen... They were just awful.. They were lucky anne venlisten to them.. Than goodness for the Stone and SRV.. that heard something in th music, I have know idea
how they took trash to gold but they did...

Posted by rockinsue on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 14:02pm



Something is wrong with this web site.... It sent out my reply before I corrected it.
maybe later I have to go.. I hope they fix the problems

Posted by rockinsue on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 14:14pm


The joke are the old so called bluesmen... They were just awful.. They were lucky anne venlisten to them.. Than goodness for the Stone and SRV.. that heard something in th music, I have know idea
how they took trash to gold but they did...



Posted by rockinsue on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 14:02pm
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Hardly trash, my dear, hardly trash at all.

Howlin Wolf - "Smokestack Lightnin'" - an absolute gem. No one EVER did that one better. When I say better, I mean singing (I should clarify that).

BTW - You'll wish to check Gitar's comments about the old bluesmen, and the response's (including mine ) he got a few days ago.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 17:55pm


rockinsue - It would help if you knew where to look (my error there).


Look under 2010 Predictions, from the 1st of this month onward. You'll spot it.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 17:58pm


OKO ONO CAN'T SING AND SHE HELPED BRAKE UP THE BEATLES. NO WAY IS SHE GOING ANYWHERE EXCEPT TO THE GARBAGE CAN

Posted by OKTOBERFEST on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 16:27pm

Have you ever heard Burnie Taupin sing....
Yes she was there when the Beatles broke up.. It made the best better and the real fakes showed their colors...As George said "All things must pass..."
That is so mean to say that about anyone less Yoko..

Posted by rockinsue on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 18:48pm



Howlin Wolf - "Smokestack Lightnin'" - an absolute gem. No one EVER did that one better. When I say better, I mean singing (I should clarify that).

BTW - You'll wish to check Gitar's comments about the old bluesmen, and the response's (including mine ) he got a few days ago.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 17:55pm


I would take the GOD of BLUES SRV , Hendrix or Even Bruce{THE BOSS} any day.. They were just dumb school kids with nothing thing better to do..I bet their guitar strings were old a rusted. I wonder if the sometimes if they ALL SIX STRINGS... They new nothing about real music Not like Yoko SRV or even Coven....I read Gitar's comments about the old bluesmen.. I agree they were horrible .It took real musicians to get it right... .

Posted by rockinsue on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 18:56pm


Geez, what did I say that was so "horrible"?? It's funny, because I hang out with a lot of musician types, and they all feel exactly the same way...playing the blues right wasn't and isn't reserved for the "old bluesmen"...the music evolved and got better as time went on...that's just what happens over the years...especially when it's something the mainstream public hasn't heard much of. During its early "heyday", most forms of blues could've almost been described as "underground". Although they were highly influential (early), there's very few of them that should've been inducted strictly as "performers"...just ask yourself, was it the performers or the style of music in general that was latched onto.

I will agree with Cheesie on one thing...Howlin' Wolf was uniquely different than most of them...

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 19:26pm


Geez, what did I say that was so "horrible"?? It's funny, because I hang out with a lot of musician types, and they all feel exactly the same way...playing the blues right wasn't and isn't reserved for the "old bluesmen"...the music evolved and got better as time went on ..Gitarzan


It can only get better if it is not that good...
I am sure you agree that SRV is GOD of Blues.. ? It is nice to try to say something kind about them ... So I will leave it like that.. Yes they were ok...

Posted by rockinsue on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 19:33pm


I will agree with Cheesie on one thing...Howlin' Wolf was uniquely different than most of them....Gitarzan

I agree That is why they didn't call him "sing bird" ... I wonder if "barking dog" would of been a better name....? He is not Steve Perry I will say that ...or John Lennon.. To bad Yoko wasn't there to help him !!

Posted by rockinsue on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 19:37pm


Yes, trying to nail down Stevie Ray's style and tone (not to mention playing with those thick strings) has been one of the hardest things I've ever attempted on a guitar...I have immense respect for him (as you would find out in previous posts, I never say anyone is the greatest anything).

I've said over and over that "the old bluesmen" were highly influential in introducing that genre to the early rockers...particularly the British artists who seem to take it and run with it more than anyone else (if we're talking strictly blues), but I don't think the majority should be considered induction as "performers".

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 19:46pm


Yes, trying to nail down Stevie Ray's style and tone (not to mention playing with those thick strings) has been one of the hardest things I've ever attempted on a guitar...I have immense respect for him (as you would find out in previous posts, I never say anyone is the greatest anything)Posted by Gitarzan.


Well anyone that likes Yoko and SRV should surely dig Estabon...I know Gitarzan would agree that the other "Man in Black" should be in SOON....I hear he uses thick strings on all of his blues. Now all they need is the mask ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Yeah those old bluesmen know nothing lol Thank God for SRV and Estabon ZZZZZZZZZZ

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 20:11pm


Y'know, mrxyz...if you know anything about music at all, then you'd know that SRV is pretty much a cut above any of the blues players that came before him. Besides that Esteban isn't really too bad of a finger-stylist...as you would say..."all you need are ears".

I guess I should just consider the source...like anyone who thinks the "one-hit wonders" Surfaris belong in the HoF...

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 20:55pm


When I try to incorporate SRV's sound, I have a Marshall amp with built-in overdrive so I don't really need a tube screamer...I'm not crazy about Ibanez pedals, anyway. I'll change my strings to .012 on the high end (.013's kill my fingers) and play on my bridge pick-up (my Strat has a double-coiled bridge pick-up). Like SRV, I also use a Vox Wah Pedal. I can get fairly close...

I've played a SRV signatue Strat, and it's hard for me to manuever around bass frets and I don't care for the top mounted whammy bar. it quite frankly felt like a piece of junk (LOL). It's beyond me how he played it like he did...

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 21:06pm


I've played a SRV signatue Strat, and it's hard for me to manuever around bass frets and I don't care for the top mounted whammy bar. it quite frankly felt like a piece of junk (LOL). It's beyond me how he played it like he did...

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 21:06pm


Sometime the type of guitar a player uses gives ya a hint on the player...He needs lot of stuff in Amps ...{HINT} now look at muddy waters used or didn't use {less is mo} one of the real bluesGOD

ALL YOU NEED IS EARS not a black hat

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 21:28pm


Y'know, mrxyz...if you know anything about music at all, then you'd know that SRV is pretty much a cut above any of the blues players that came before him. Besides that Esteban isn't really too bad of a finger-stylist...as you would say..."all you need are ears".

I guess I should just consider the source...like anyone who thinks the "one-hit wonders" Surfaris belong in the HoF...

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 20:55pm\


Gitarzan I like you..lol you are funny and mean well
Esteban is a joke...But sells lots of guitars on QVC {That is cool}
my point with the Surfaris 3 hits wonder 1000x's of movies and tv Commercials and a TV show named after "Wipe Out'.. The drum solo of rock , early Who and Van Halen inspiration .. is better than a no hit womder over hyped kook..
I know a little about music Since I or my close friends or both have worked with many you guys talk about on this forum... I find it funny.. SRV is a good player.. knows all of the standard licks and had the look...Do you really think SRV is better or as good as Tedesco,Albert Lee,Billy Strange,Joe Messina, Joe Pass to name only a few..I guess you do LOL





Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 21:48pm


Having said the below.. I think SRV and even Yoko , Surfais ,Dale ,and many ,many others should be in.. We all like what we like and they are all special in there own way... It is only rock an ROLL
enjoy the SHOW {SMILE}




Gitarzan I like you..lol you are funny and mean well
Esteban is a joke...But sells lots of guitars on QVC {That is cool}
my point with the Surfaris 3 hits wonder 1000x's of movies and tv Commercials and a TV show named after "Wipe Out'.. The drum solo of rock , early Who and Van Halen inspiration .. is better than a no hit womder over hyped kook..
I know a little about music Since I or my close friends or both have worked with many you guys talk about on this forum... I find it funny.. SRV is a good player.. knows all of the standard licks and had the look...Do you really think SRV is better or as good as Tedesco,Albert Lee,Billy Strange,Joe Messina, Joe Pass to name only a few..I guess you do LOL







Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 21:48pm

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 22:57pm


mrxyz, it says to me that SRV needed a guitar complex enough for his talent. But let's face it, he sounded awesome on any guitar he played.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 23:25pm




mrxyz, it says to me that SRV needed a guitar complex enough for his talent. But let's face it, he sounded awesome on any guitar he played.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 23:25pm

I know many just think he is the greatest...
Funny though I have found the best players can just play with very little.. I think Clapton is a good example.. As his guitar playing became more mature he used less gizmos.. from Paco de Lucia ,Wes Montgomery ,Albert King.. Joe Pass,,,,,,,,, Many consider Fernando Sor of the 19th century the father of guitar his book
"Methode Pour La Guitarre". is still the standard Not much gizmos just real feel and playing. At some point you need to leave it{GIZMOS} all behind and just play .. From Classical to rock , at some point it is just you and the guitar.. If you're good enough you can prove it..! The audience will know you have arrived... Some of the best music I have ever heard has been deep in the wilderness .. with Wooden logs and voices , animals hinds tied tight.. Real music for real people....Not a gizmo for a 1000 miles Just pure music of man and the creator all one..



Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 09.13.09 @ 00:27am


Yeah, and Stevie Ray could do it. He DID do it. He had to progress though. With logic like yours, mrxyz, we'd never have the saxophone, the Hammond organ, Bo Diddley's shesh, or any of Fender's innovations.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 09.13.09 @ 00:35am




Yeah, and Stevie Ray could do it. He DID do it. He had to progress though. With logic like yours, mrxyz, we'd never have the saxophone, the Hammond organ, Bo Diddley's shesh, or any of Fender's innovations.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 09.13.09 @ 00:35am


LOL .... You don't need a ton of wires amps and such to play....If you are good enough...less is mo....
It is fun to find new sounds but loud gain wha wha etc..is not new it is old boring school. I bet Madonna would be far more pleasing with a 5 pc band or maybe not LOL ..Then we could tell if she has it or not....
Many just love her.! If ya love a show she has one of the best on the globe .. But I am talking MUSIC... not hype...and black hats and black shirts ...If ya have IT why hype it.. ?

If you like it ...it must be good.. So enjoy it that is what it is there for....It is for YOU...
Me I like feel it is real


Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 09.13.09 @ 00:49am


And SRV WAS real. What part about that can you not grasp? He did it with less AND he did it with more. He played both ways and sounded good both ways.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 09.13.09 @ 01:00am




And SRV WAS real. What part about that can you not grasp? He did it with less AND he did it with more. He played both ways and sounded good both ways.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 09.13.09 @ 01:00am


Yes he WAS real.. So are women full of silicone don't let anyone fool ya.. He was as real as you need him to be.. !
Enjoy it!
I am going to turn on my radio and listen to Coast to Coast on the AM it is kinda fun some times
GOOD NIGHT! {Smile}

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 09.13.09 @ 01:05am


Good night and good riddance.

SRV rocked acoustic, he rocked electric, and he rocked custom-made. He was real, and not in a "real as you need him to be", but real in a way that would exist even if I didn't like him. Talent is talent. I hate Aretha Franklin, but she was talented. I'm not a fan of Radiohead or the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but both of those bands are loaded with talent. Stevie Ray Vaughan was talented. Listen to the notes he plays for their pitch, not their effects or tone color. Listen to the rhythms he plays, and the tempos. The man was pure talent.

And Coast To Coast is whackjob central. No theory is too crackpot on that show. It's radio by the insane for the insane. Which might explain its appeal to you.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 09.13.09 @ 01:36am


Because anything's better than talking about Yoko Oh-No...!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 09.13.09 @ 18:11pm


Stevie Ray Vaughan was talented. Listen to the notes he plays for their pitch, not their effects or tone color. Listen to the rhythms he plays, and the tempos. The man was pure talent.


Posted by Philip on Sunday, 09.13.09 @ 01:36am


See Philip knows he is the Guitar God. I would not be surprised if he feels the same about about John's mentor ,teacher and co writer ..
Wouldn't it have been just wonderful if, John, Yoko ,Madonna and SRV were in a band together . We can only dream but what a wonderful, beautiful dream it is!...!!

Posted by rockinsue on Wednesday, 09.30.09 @ 00:20am


"Wouldn't it have been just wonderful if, John, Yoko ,Madonna and SRV were in a band together . We can only dream but what a wonderful, beautiful dream it is!...!!"

Apologies for this crude comment but that is probably the dumbest thing I've heard all week

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 09.30.09 @ 06:46am


..Alright, I apologize in advance if I offend anybody here but on the top of the page a question is asked: "Will Yoko Ono be inducted into the RRHOF?"

The answer to that question is obviously NO

Firstly, I don't care if some modern day coffee drinking, wheat grass juice snorting, yoga practicing starving artist types are trying to imitate her style, these kind of people are a joke and have nothing to do with the RRHOF. So any influence here is irrelevant

Secondly, I don't care whether or not Yoko Ono broke up The Beatles, or how much influence she had on John Lennon. I'm sure John Lennon didn't need her influence to be such a big "genius" as society seems to think he is. Just look at all the "great things" Lennon was doing before Yoko came around, if she influenced him musically in any way, it's likely negligible. Also, you aren't inducted into the RRHOF for influencing one person of significance who hardly needed the extra influence.

Thirdly, she doesn't have talent. That won't stop her from creating music and from people enjoying her music (there's always a wacko somewhere), but at the end of the day, she doesn't have talent. Her music may not be the worst out there, but that's not saying much

Finally, she's incredibly ugly. This has nothing to with her being deserving of RRHOF, her musical quality, or anything else. It is just a statement upon her physical appearance that is entirely my personal opinion and had to be said.

Good day to you all, if anybody wants to argue with me, go ahead, but I want hear what you have to say, nor do I care. I will even give you the pleasure of having the last word (if your the kind of person who is that shallow that the last word matters) seeing as I'm such a generous man

Posted by Princess Jebediah on Wednesday, 12.23.09 @ 13:40pm


Correction: "won't hear" not "want hear"....makes a tone of difference..

And by the way, that Jonas guy towards the top of the page is a jackass. "Vanilla Crowd?" sounds to me like Yoko Ono fans.

To quote the moron, "Cheers!"

Posted by Princess Jebediah on Wednesday, 12.23.09 @ 13:44pm


YES!

Posted by Tim on Sunday, 01.31.10 @ 18:43pm


NO!

Posted by Bassmaster on Sunday, 01.31.10 @ 19:48pm


It's not as awful as people like to pretend, and in any case, that's one aspect of the whole. Artistically, she was years if not decades before her time, and people still take inspiration from her and the rest of the Fluxus scene.

Posted by William on Tuesday, 04.10.07 @ 20:39pm

Awful is a subjective term, William. Her music may not make your ears bleed but it may make other people's ears bleed. Just as someone's wedding song may be Chicago's "You're the Inspiration," that same song could make you feel physically ill. As for the Fluxus scene, I really think John Cale was more important than Yoko Ono.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 08.21.10 @ 05:55am


Right, since her name popped up, I'm going to use GFW's Hall of Fame worthiness analysis on Yoko Ono:

Innovation: "Numbah 8 (burp), Numbah 8 (burp), Numbah 8 (burp), etc." In all seriousness though, she did contribute significantly to the Fluxus scene, trouble is, nobody gives a damn (See the above mentioned Simpsons parody reference) about the Fluxus scene (apart from maybe those pretentious, spiritual, New Age, wheat grass juice drinking, cultural nihilist types). 5

Influence: She's had impact on the Fluxus scene, avant-garde and introducing Shibuya kei to a more Western audience. Trouble is, nobody gives a damn and even if they did, we're not exactly talking about a major style of music or even a notable subgenre here. 5

Commercial success: Mostly for her work with John Lennon with the Plastic Ono Band and Double Fantasy, nothing she did on her own, really (and that's what we're discussing here). 5

Critical acclaim. "Yoko Ono is critically acclaimed." To quote Jack Nicholson's character in Scorsese's film "The Departed," "They call that a paradox." 0

Total: 15

Conclusion: Hell no.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 10.11.11 @ 14:28pm


Anybody who voted "yes" for Yoko Ono needs help or therapy, ALOT of therapy.

Posted by Charlsy on Thursday, 12.22.11 @ 13:30pm


Of course she shouldn't be. Yoko is like the Shaggs; the music is horrible but certain people will read significance and meaning into it based on a weird quirk of human nature where a cigar is never just a cigar. Bad music is bad music. Dressing it up as "avante garde" doesn't help the cause.

Posted by astrodog on Wednesday, 01.18.12 @ 18:28pm


I had read the funniest thing, yesterday. I had read that Yoko Ono's voice had resembled the sound of a barrel full of cats being set on fire. That comment was absolutely hilarious and quite descriptive. So, being a glutton for punishment, I had to listen to her for myself. Oh my goodness is all that I have to say!

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 07.27.14 @ 04:29am


Yoko Ono is a brilliant artist. Her work may be a bit odd, but sometimes, as in the case of "Bad Dancer", her work is really quite extraordinary.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 07.27.14 @ 14:40pm


Here is a link:

http://www.nme.com/news/yoko-ono/73624

to that video, by the way.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 07.28.14 @ 02:11am


John Lennon wasted millions of dollars (much of it coming out of Apple)and hundreds of hours trying to turn Yoko into even a mild success! Yoko has ZERO musical ability! She should not even be considered for ANY musical recognition! Her greatest claim to fame is breaking up the Beatles, and taking over Lennon's mind, body, and soul!

Posted by Tom NJ on Friday, 05.6.16 @ 11:19am


Are we still honestly having this conversation?

Look- Yoko didn't break up The Beatles. Even if Lennon and Ono never met, the group was combustible and brittle. Their inability to organize the band post-Brian Epstein, their proclivity to make stupid financial decisions in his absence, the unbelievable pressure of being the 20th century's most iconic musicians, Lennon's laziness and politicization clashing with McCartney's perfectionism and pop instincts, and Harrison's growing discontent with being a junior member of the group would have collectively finished off The Beatles handily without Yoko's help.

Secondly, Yoko was an important avant-garde artist, even if her repertoire isn't any of our cups of tea. Had she never met Lennon, she would probably be mentioned in the same breath as John Cage, Robert Barry, Joseph Kossuth and other important conceptual artists of her era. I'll grant that she nudged Lennon into musical directions to which he wasn't particularly well suited, but Lennon ruined her career just as much as she torpedoed Lennon's. She'll always, unfortunately, be remembered as Lennon's widow first, and her artistic work will unfortunately be either forgotten or misremembered.

Posted by AlexVoltaire on Friday, 05.6.16 @ 11:44am


Well, I feel like if she was inducted it likely wouldn't be under performer, if she ever was inducted. It would most likely be for the non-performer category since she was more of the one who helped John's solo career.

Posted by Nathan Miller on Thursday, 12.29.16 @ 10:36am


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