Sunday, December 03, 2006

We Are the Plastic Ono Band

Here at the Awkward Toad, we've always believed that John Lennon turned into a bit of a lunatic after he left the Beatles.

During our youth, an ill-advised purchase of "Unfinished Music: Vol. 1: Two Virgins", Lennon's first solo album, served only to reaffirm that theory.

(The cover of that album is John Lennon and Yoko Ono nude. I was gonna put a picture up but this is a family site and no family should have to see that.)

Here is how "Two Virgins" is described by which gives it a one and a half star rating: "The record is not unlike what you might get if you turned on a tape recorder for a random half-hour in your home -- snatches of inaudible conversation far away from the microphone, footsteps, wind, and so on."

In reality, it is even more boring than that makes it sound.

However, The Awkward Toad has decided that we really like the album "Plastic Ono Band"and wanted to invite anyone else that was scared off by Lennon's nude album covers, curious sonic experiments, or, let's be honest, cult-like obsession with Yoko Ono, to give it a listen.

That's all.

(Oh yeah! We do not like the songs "Power to the People" and "Do the Oz" which have been included as bonus tracks on the CD version of "Plastic Ono Band". These songs are obviously recorded in a different vain than the rest of the album and stand out as particularly sub-par. We blame Yoko Ono for their inclusion. And for the break up of the Beatles. And for "Instant Karma" being used in a car commercial. And for global warming.)

Also, if you've never seen this picture, it is John Lennon with Mark David Chapman.

Chapman camped outside Lennon's New York hotel and got this autograph.

Later in the evening, as Lennon was returning home, he assassinated him.

Pretty spooky, huh?

(P.S. - We are continually impressed with how quickly the Google ad at the top of this page changes to reflect the content of the blog. It only took them one day to switch it from selling the Beatles' new "Love" CD (for the Beatles Paul is Dead post) to an ad for tickets to the Iowa vs. Iowa St. game (for the Tom Vilsack post.)

Corporate America. You're good. You. You are good.)


At 7:50 PM, Anonymous Pistol said...

Surprise: This is a family blog.

Bigger surprise: There aren't a million "This post deleted by the blog author" entries in the comments part to keep it that way.

Sophisto crowd, I guess.

At 10:11 AM, Blogger SMangat said...

"During our youth, an ill-advised purchase of 'Unfinished Music: Vol. 1: Two Virgins', Lennon's first solo album, served only to reaffirm that theory."
How does that compare to the ill-advised purchase of the New Radicals album??

while we're at it, let's list all the ill-advised cd purchases made by the awkward toad. there has to be millions.

At 10:13 AM, Blogger SMangat said...

oooh, i forgot Sugar Ray 14:49

At 10:14 AM, Blogger SMangat said...

Don't forget the Steve Vai catalog as well as other guitar store heroes/guitar-ripper-wanks

At 10:15 AM, Blogger SMangat said...

Didn't the Awkward Toad see the Tragically Hip live too?

At 10:16 AM, Blogger SMangat said...

One time the Awkward Toad tried to convince me to steal the Ricky Martin Livin' La Vida Loca album from Best Buy. True Story.

At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Pistol said...

I think he saw Kid Rock in concert.

And one time he tried to get me to steal U2's Pop from his own collection. I don't think he had the heart to throw it out himself.

At 12:19 PM, Blogger The Awkward Toad said...

Are you guys crazy?

Sugar Ray 14:59! U2 Pop! Those albums have some real highlights!

At 11:47 AM, Blogger SMangat said...

Nothing beats Longface
seeing KISS live. Nothing.


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