Music / Yoko Ono
Keeper of the Lennon flame.

"I know that when I say this I may be stepping on pins and needles
But I don't like all these people slagging her for breaking up the Beatles
(don't blame it on Yokey!)
I mean, if I was John and you were Yoko I would gladly give up musical genius
Just to have you as my very own personal Venus"
Barenaked Ladies, "Be My Yoko Ono"

Yoko Ono (born February 18, 1933), is a Japanese-American artist and musician who is most widely known for her relationship with John Lennon of The Beatles. When Yoko first met John Lennon, she was an artist exhibiting in the UK. Working with artist group Fluxus throughout the 1960s, Ono was a pioneer in the burgeoning conceptual art movement which included work in sculpture, performance, filmmaking and music.

Ono collaborated with experimental luminaries such as John Cage and jazz legend Ornette Coleman. In 1961, years before meeting Lennon, she had her first major public performance in a concert at the 258-seat Carnegie Recital Hall (not the larger "Main Hall"). This concert featured radical experimental music and performances. She had a second engagement at the Carnegie Recital Hall in 1965, in which she debuted "Cut Piece," a seminal performance within the conceptual art movement.

After John Lennon left the Beatles, the two artists collaborated on music together - working together on very different projects all underneath the umbrella of "Plastic Ono Band." Yoko collaborated together with John on his first three albums: Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins (1968), Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions (1968) and Wedding Album (1969). In 1971, Yoko Ono began to release a number of solo records. Fly - a double album that helped make her known for her caterwauling vocals. She also released two other, more conventional, albums during this time - Approximately Infinite Universe and Feeling the Space. Although Yoko's work was poorly received initially, the albums have survived and aged well - proving to be part of the foundation of punk rock and new wave music.

Yoko Ono provides the following tropes:

  • All That Glitters: In 2006, she gained considerable notoriety for "Promise Piece-Bones", taking a priceless 500 year old Ming vase and shattering it into pieces and handing each shard away, as a tribute to losing a friend (fellow Fluxus artist Nam June Paik) whom she considered more valuable than an old jar could ever be.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Yoko means "ocean child" in Japanese.
  • Blue Blood: She was a descendent of the Yasuda clan of samurai warrior-scholars (who later founded the Yazuka zaibatsu conglomerate, centered on banking) on her mother's side, while her paternal grandfather was ennobled (into the Japanese kazoku nobility) in 1915.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Some of the art and performance pieces she has done have shown her to be a little ... zany.
    • In fact, many of them (especially the notorious "Bottoms") are meant to be funny, but people unfamiliar with surrealist art often didn't realize this.
    • An example of her humorous attitude is seen in a short Fluxus film. The word Art is displayed in beautiful script on a sidewalk a-frame board. Yoko walks in with a large shopping bag — the kind elegant department stores used to give you — and stands next to the sign as if waiting for a bus. The bag has the single letter F on it. Tell me you aren't at least smiling right now.
  • Cool Old Lady: In spite of what you think of her, she can qualify because she sang with Lady Gaga.
  • Cool Shades: Often wore big sunglasses.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: At the end of her "Kiss Kiss Kiss" song.
  • My Beloved Smother: According to some biographers, her relationship with John Lennon had elements of this; he even referred to her as "Mother."
  • One-Woman Wail: Often noted for this.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Listen, the Snow is Falling", released as the B-side to "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" and later covered by Galaxie 500.
    • Throughout the years, she's made several of them. Her 1974 album A Story consists of this mostly.
  • Take That!: Her song, "Yes, I'm a Witch" probably, as it contains the lyrics "Yes, I'm a witch, I'm a bitch/I don't care what you say/My voice is real, my voice speaks truth/I don't fit in your ways..." and she seems to be speaking to her haters. She also mentioned that she's "gonna stick around for quite a while". She has been, to this day.
  • Wild Hair: In her heyday. She's mostly remembered looking like such. On itself, it makes quite a unique silhouette and there's also the way it frames her face.
  • Yoko Oh No:invoked The Trope Namer, if not an example.