In his 1980 interviews with the obsequious and uncritical David Sheff, John Lennon implied that Yoko "kicked me out" in '73 because he was "not getting it" -- and refused to take him back on occasion because he "was not ready to come home." A perusal of the data, however,
reveals that Ono had other reasons for not wanting Lennon around.
In the summer of 1973, Rolling Stone sent a reporter to spend time with Yoko Ono in the studio; the resulting article appeared on August 2nd of that year -- a matter of weeks before Lennon (accompanied by May Pang, whom Ono had instructed to keep Lennon company) left for Los Angeles. From this piece, we learn that Ono was *very happy* that summer. Sitting behind the producer's chair at New York's Record Plant, Ono smilingly predicted that the record she was currently working on --Feeling the Space, it would eventually be called -- would be more commercially successful than her previous album (Approximately Infinite Universe); "there won't be any really freaky things" on Feeling the Space, Ono says. "All the songs" on FtS, Ono adds, "are from my life."
Ono also informs the RS reporter that "I'm having much more fun doing this one. Things are different."
And just what might these "differences" be?
John Lennon's visits to the studio, RS notes, were "rare."
Moreover, Yoko had a new bandleader, an ace session guitarist by
the name of *David Spinozza*.
We also learn from the August 2 Rolling Stone piece that one of the songs Ono & Spinozza were working on would undergo certain changes in the lyrics-department before being released. For while the Feeling the Space track "Men Men Men" addresses a certain "Star Stud" and informs him that his "codpiece" is showing, an earlier version of this song (tentatively titled "Take Your Proper Position") informs the stud that his "cock" is showing.
Interestingly, Yoko's new bandleader, David Spinozza, had quite a reputation as a *star* of New York's session musician scene, what with his virtuosity on the guitar and his having worked with everyone from Miles Davis to Paul Simon to Paul McCartney. Indeed, Spinozza would feature prominently in several articles in Rolling Stone on New York's session musician scene. Moreover, Spinozza very probably alludes to his star-status on his own eponymous solo album, the titles of which include
Further, Mr. Spinozza had quite a reputation as a sexual *stud*. Spinozza's sexual conquests had included several ballerinas from the Balanchine company. (He alludes to this on his album Spinozza, as well! One track has the evocative title, "Prelude to the Ballerina.")
Moreover, David Spinozza was famous for *exposing his member*during studio sessions -- so much so, that, when Al Goldman mentioned to a studio musician that he was going to interview Spinozza, the studio
guy replied, "That guy! Christ, I've seen his cock more times this year than I've seen my own!"
So there can be no doubt as to the identity of the "star stud" Ono had in mind when she penned "Men Men Men" (aka "Take Your Proper Position").
In January 3 of 1974, Rolling Stone gave an update on John and Yoko: "Reports persist that John and Yoko are at the grim and bear it stage, all because she's in love with session guitarist David Spinozza."
And as was clear to Lennon-Ono lawyer Harold Seider, Ono "did the tour [of Japan in '74] to get Spinozza. She thought she could get Spinozza alone." Perhaps aware that Ono was attempting to ensnare him, Spinozza backed out of the tour at the last minute. Ono persevered with the tour -- and the Japanese press likened her "singing" to "the stomach-pumping of a suicide attempt." In Japan, Ono gave a series of interviews to Masako Togawa. With regard to her relationship with John
Lennon, Ono said, "When a thing is over, it's over." Incidentally, while John Lennon continued to meet with his lover May Pang after the pregnant Ono re-ensnared him in '75, Ono did not
continue to meet David Spinozza. Spinozza had become involved with an aspiring actress.
However, just hours after Lennon was killed, Yoko entered the studio with unreleased tapes of Spinozza's guitarwork from the Feeling the Space sessions. She instructed producer Jack Douglas to overdub snippets of Lennon's speech onto Spinozza's music.
A few days later, Ono & Spinozza had their first meeting in many years. Ono offerred Spinozza $100,000 for the guitar track.
Supposedly, this is the highest payment a studio musician ever received.
When it came time to promote the resulting piece (it was the B-side to "Walking on Thin Ice"), Ono put out the word that it was John Lennon who stumbled across the tape of Spinozza's guitar. According to Ono, John "insisted" that Ono release it.
Even I can't imagine Ono going to the studio hours after John was killed. I'd giver her a couple of days at least. :) Also--I found some pics of Ono with Spinozza at Christmas time in of all places a church! Have to post those when I find them.