Thursday, December 4, 2014

Yoko Ono and the Flaming Lips Celebrate "Happy Xmas" 43 Years Later

I'm crazy about Yoko Ono, who has to be one of the most underappreciated artists of the 20th century. Fortunately, she's faring better in the 21st century. At the age of 81, she's working on a string of something like ten consecutive #1 Dance Club hits, not to mention a couple of well-received studio albums (including 2009's Between My Head and the Sky, which is a genuine masterpiece). I'm sorry not to have known about this one sooner, but I've just learned that Yoko has released a new version of the classic she and John Lennon released in 1971  43 years ago!  Happy Xmas (War Is Over). The original version was recorded with the Harlem Children's Choir. The new version was recorded with the Flaming Lips. Here's the new one:

 And here, of course, is the classic from 1971:


Sad to think how many people have needlessly been killed in one war or another during the past 43 years. Pray for peace.

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