Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Give Yoko Something

I've always been fascinated by Yoko Ono. Until the arrival of Cheryl Cole, she was the world's most hated woman. A lesser being would have crumbled under the pressure but the Japanese icon wore the title as a badge of honour and just kept on doing her thing. It's taken 40 odd years but Yoko finally appears to have found her niche - as a 77 year old dance queen! 2007's fabulously titled "Open Your Box" has spawned 9 singles, the latest of which is a remix of her classic 1980 anthem "Give Me Something". The song is currently sitting at #3 on the US club chart and is as good a starting point as any for an exploration of the misunderstood diva's music career. "Walking On Thin Ice" will always be my favourite Ono opus but "Give Me Something" comes a close second. The quirky tune holds up incredibly well, making it the perfect candidate for a dance overhaul. I love the minimal but still meaningful lyrics, while Yoko's wonderfully demented vocal delivery sounds brilliant against the driving club beats. All of the remixes are amazing but I'm obsessed with the Stonebridge Vocal Mix (below). There's something cruel and clinical about the production that just works brilliantly. I wish Australian DJs would show Yoko as much love as their American counterparts because this hot bitch is the new Queen of Clubs! Fact.

10 comments:

tommie said...

I love the Yoko! I had no idea she was still releasing singles off Open Your Box though - she's worse than Beyoncé!

John said...

I can't be the only one to notice that the single cover has Yoko thrusting her box out to be opened.

"Walking on Thin Ice" is a classic, although the narration is pretty hilarious.

Me said...

Yoko is a legend! Unlike ancient bints Cher, the poopoo and CaCa, she has aged with dignity and class while managing to remain stylishly eccentric

The Prophet said...

Actually Cheryl is the worlds most loved woman. She is always being voted most admired in the UK. Recently she was just voted most inspirational.

Mike said...

Cheryl = Satan. End of.

I'm happy to see some Yoko appreciation on here. I've received a spate of emails asking me to remove this "noise pollution", which is just rude! LOL

bomitoni said...

I love Yoko!!!

Anonymous said...

up to number 2 this week!!

mordi said...

yoko forever!

Mike said...

The song has climbed to #1 on the US dance chart this week. Yoko is on fire!

hulestopia said...

I had my best Yoko Moment whilst running for the train with her screaming, "OPEN YOUR BOX! OPEN YOUR WORLD! UHH! UHH! UHHHHH! UUHHHHH!!!"

I was in a good mood for the rest of the weeke even though I was going to work and suffering from a nasty giadia infection.