Yoko Ono has re-formed her Plastic Ono Band, the 40 year old project she first started with John Lennon. This time her main collaborator is their son, Sean Lennon, though it’s far from the first time they’ve made music together. Other players include Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto and Japanese pop hero Cornelius. The album’s called Between My Head and the Sky and it’s received incredible reviews, somewhat to my surprise.
[Sean and Yoko. Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images]
Unlike most, I’ve always dug her wild vocals-as-instruments because they’re punk as hell – first wooed by her jam with the Dirty Mac when I heard one of the 1968 recordings. I’m less attuned to the dance floor and remix versions of her stuff, which to me sounds like being on bad acid in a windowless room with a soft rock version of the Orb’s “Little Fluffy Clouds” playing on repeat. I’d like to walk by that room and laugh/shake my head at how jacked the teenager are, but then keep on going.
But yeah, dig this interview where Yoko tells a touching dream story about Sean and how he’s the same age as John was when they were together.
If you can get out to Reykjavík, Iceland this weekend, check out Yoko’s lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower and a memorial concert for John Lennon.
And feast on this footage of the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, 1968. Why everyone is wearing those idiot snuggie blankets I cannot say, but it damages my understanding about how “cool” that event was. Still, Yoko and the Dirty Mac are the jam.