Producers have been remixing tracks from Ono's deep catalog of avant-garde music for the past decade. "At first I was prejudiced against the idea," she says. "I had the pride of a rocker. People can get very elitist very quickly, and that's how I was." When she was first approached about remixing "Walking On Thin Ice" she was especially resistant because that was the song John Lennon was working on when he died. "I was like, 'No, never! Don't change anything!'" she says. "It was a very sensitive subject for me."
About ten years ago she relented and allowed a variety of artists - from Pet Shop Boys to Basement Jaxx to Felix Da Housecat - to create dance remixes of her work for the albums Open Your Box and Yes, I'm A Witch. "When I first heard the songs I cried they was so beautiful," she says. "I was so dumb to be against it. Musically, it was as very, very rich experience for me to hear it."
Ono rarely steps foot into a dance club, even though many of them now regularly play her music. "I did go to a few clubs just so people can be like, 'Yes, Yoko was there!" she says. "But it does get a bit nerve wracking to go to those places. I would love to be dancing every night until dawn, but somehow it's not conducive for my life right now."
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