Monday, March 9, 2009

If we were driving from Albuquerque to Minneapolis, we'd be in Denver

203. Yoko Ono - "Why" (from the Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band album, (Apple Records, 1970)

A momentous occasion! We're 1/3 of the way through this silly countdown, honestly much further than I expected to get, and it makes me happy to say that for this milestone science has chosen a song near and dear to my cold, black (jk, it's warm and bloody) heart, the first track from Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band LP, which is just such a wonderful little slab of funk (ever wonder why funk comes in slabs?) that you can tap your toes and swivel your hips to. The rhythm section of Klaus Voorman and Ringo Starr are right up front in the mix here, and they make it boogie something wonderful. Combine that with Yoko's shrieks and John's feedbacky guitar noodling and abracadabra! Look! It's no-wave! This is really a treat though, it's expansive and funky and funny and charming and wonderful. I don't want no Yoko-haters, a Yoko-hater is a guy/girl who can't get no love from me.

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