Yoko Ono Enlists Beastie Boys And tUnE-yArDs On Two New Tracks

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Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band have teamed up with Beastie Boys‘ Mike D and Ad-Rock for the first collaboration since MCA’s death in May of last year.

The track “Bad Dancer” starts out with Ono asserting, “When your heart is dancing/ Your mind is bouncing.” Alongside electronic beats, Ono stresses, “I’m a bad dancer.” Listen to the track on Ono’s website.


“Tabetai,” which features Merrill Garbus a.k.a. tUnE-yArDs, is a drastically different track. The song embodies a tribal sound with maracas, a distinct bass beat and Ono chanting, “fried chicken, chocolate pudding,” among other things. Listen below.


The Beastie Boys and tUnE-yArDs are just two of the many features on the Plastic Ono Band’s forthcoming album, Take Me to the Land of Hell. Expect collabs with Questlove, Nels Cline of Wilco and Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow. Due to drop on September 17 via Chimera, the LP is produced by Ono and her son Sean Lennon. Every Monday, Ono will stream a new track on her website.

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