Yoko Ono - Wouldnit (I'm a Star) - The Remixes - Singles - Reviews - Soundblab

Yoko Ono - Wouldnit (I'm a Star) - The Remixes

by Rich Morris Rating:6 Release Date:2010-09-06

Ever since the edgy mutant disco sound of 1980's 'Walking on Thin Ice' (the last record John Lennon worked on, pop fact fans), Ono has maintained a healthy relationship with dance music, from leftfield electronica to the more 'club banger' end of the spectrum. This release, which collects remixes of the swinging jazz song 'Wouldnit (I'm a Star)' from her 2001 album Blueprint for a Sunrise, definitely tends toward the latter, and as such isn't quite the kind of thing Soundblab would normally cover.

However, this is Yoko Ono we're talking about, an artist who brings a magician's hat brimming with subversion to every project she's involved with, so it's worth a little attention. The slightly predictable house sounds of, say, the 'Emjae Club Mix' are intriguingly skewed by Ono intoning in a deadpan voice "Honey, I take sugar - two." As always with her dance dabblings, it's compelling to hear the results of Ono's avant-garde persona being squeezed into such an apparently counter-intuitive sonic space and heartening to hear how, in her own inimitable style, she makes such a space utterly hers.

The best of the bunch is the excellent 'Richard Morel Vox Mix', on which Ono dukes it out with a heavily autotuned ghost of herself over some nice, swirling, Orb-esque ambient house. Let's be honest, however - this release is only a must-have for Ono completists (there are more of them than you might think) and house DJs with eclectic taste looking to bring a little edge to their set.

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Like it or not (and I'd probably hate this had I listened to it) you have to admire the woman for doing whatever she wants and not giving a shit.

Here's another fact for you. Did you know that Yoko bought the walking piano from the film Big and...

Like it or not (and I'd probably hate this had I listened to it) you have to admire the woman for doing whatever she wants and not giving a shit.

Here's another fact for you. Did you know that Yoko bought the walking piano from the film Big and donated it to John Lennon's old school in Liverpool. She was there yesterday apparently.

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Oh and everyone should listen to Walking on Thin Ice, it's a classic.

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Wow, that's a first class pop fact, Bob. One of my fave pop facts is that Bowie, during his massively cocked up faze, lost all interest in the Diamond Dogs tour (one of the most expensive tours ever at that point) halfway through the US leg of...

Wow, that's a first class pop fact, Bob. One of my fave pop facts is that Bowie, during his massively cocked up faze, lost all interest in the Diamond Dogs tour (one of the most expensive tours ever at that point) halfway through the US leg of the tour and donated all the props and costumes to a random school.

Walking on Thin Ice is here, if anyone hasn't heard it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft7-xEiwvJw

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