Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band
Take Me To The Land Of Hell
Guesting on a Yoko Ono LP has become like getting cast in a Woody Allen film: an artistic validation and New York City-branded right of passage. It’s also clearly a hoot: see "Bad Dancer," a giddy club anthem for the proudly graceless with surviving Beastie Boys Mike D and Ad-Rock (who also appear alongside Questlove and others in the hilarious video). There’s resonant avant-pop (see "Tabetai," with beats from tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus) and agit-prop, too. On "Cheshire Cat," a bluesy noise-rock anti-war jam with Lenny Kravitz and evolving guitar hero Sean Lennon, Ono deconstructs the Declaration of Independence to drive home her familiar anti-war message, which (sadly) remains as on-point as ever.