Yoko Ono

yes, i'm a witch


1. witch shocktronica intro / hank shocklee
2. kiss kiss kiss / peaches
3. o'oh / shitake monkey
4. everyman…everywoman / blow up
5. sisters o sisters / le tigre
6. death of samantha / porcupine tree
7. rising / DJ spooky
8. no one can see me like you do / apples in stereo
9. yes i'm a witch / the brother brothers
10. revelations / cat power
11. you and i / polyphonic spree
12. walking on thin ice / jason pierce (spiritualized)
13. toy boat / antony (antony and the johnsons) and hahn rowe
14. cambridge 1969/2007 / the flaming lips
15. i'm moving on / the sleepy jackson
16. witch shocktronica outro / hank shocklee
17. shiranakatta (i didn't know) / craig armstrong


© Astralwerks 2007

Press release: "Millions are familiar with the name Yoko Ono. For some it conjures long held preconceptions, for others, the injustice of misinformation made fact. "Controversial". "Manipulator". "A witch". But far too few associate Ono with the forward looking music she's made throughout her career.

Despite this, her music has been heralded, embraced by, and inspirational to an entire new generation of musicians - themselves currently challenging the status quo and pushing the boundaries of sounds and ideas.

Hence the new Astralwerks release, Yes, I'm A Witch, a totally different kind of collaboration with some of today's most exciting musicians.

Each artist was given her catalog to listen to, and upon selecting a cut, was provided with the vocals and whatever other instrumental elements attracted them from that cut. Almost all the artists chose just the vocals. They then produced entirely new musical tracks that make it clear just how ahead of her time her compositions and performances were, and how they remain so.

The result is a freewheeling and inspired set of songs - all held together and defined by the voice and sensibilities of a person few have given themselves the opportunity to listen to without bias.

The set includes contributions from The Flaming Lips, Cat Power, Antony of Antony and the Johnsons, The Apples in Stereo, The Sleepy Jackson and many more. From the melancholic duet of Ono & Cat Power, evoking the most luscious new version of "Revelations" ever heard - to the droned out psycho version of Jason Pierce of Spiritualized's "Walking on Thin Ice", these bands have crafted their own take on the original queen of punk. While Peaches and Le Tigre deliver their high octane yet simpatico versions of "Kiss Kiss Kiss" and "Sisters O Sisters", Antony takes it down a notch with his own melodramatic version of "Toy Boat." Throughout the set, the passion and kinship between these artists and Ono shines through."

Wayne Coyne, The Flaming Lips leader, on his collaboration:

"To be able to play with a track as uncompromising and confrontational as John and Yoko's "Cambridge 1969" is ,for any curious artist, a rare treat. We took Yoko's primal screams and John's moaning feedback and turned them into a kind of Ornette Colemanesque melody...I fear we may have de-fanged rocks' most disturbing performance/art/jam… thanks - Wayne...2006"


Ono recently scored two #1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play hits and Astralwerks will release a new compilation of Ono dance remixes in March 2007.

A sequel to this album will be released in January 2016.


arrow Yes, I'm A Witch reviewed by the press: "Highly recommended."
arrow Artist quotes: Peaches, Antony from Antony and the Johnsons et al





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