Yoko Ono Grooves With the Beastie Boys, Ira Glass + More In ‘Bad Dancer’ Video
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In her new video for ‘Bad Dancer,’ Yoko Ono and a bunch of her celebrity friends come together to show off their worst moves. Spoiler: They’re not all that bad.
“When your heart is dancing, your mind is bouncing,” the artist says in a spacey voiceover before the clip cuts to her spontaneously painting and grooving in a top hat. Enter the equally quirky but charming likes of Mike D and Adam Horowitz of the Beastie Boys, Ira Glass, Questlove, Roberta Flack and Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, all of whom show off their fanciest footwork.
“Her works have always encouraged a dialogue with the audience,” director Ben Dickinson says of the clip. “The participation of the viewer, or even a challenge of boundary between artist and audience, so we have an immersive and ecstatic and subjective experience — a conversation instead of a lecture — which is really what’s at the heart of this video too. The simplicity of just dancing with people.”
The 80-year-old singer achieves that when she changes the sentiment from “I’m a bad dancer” to “You’re a bad dancer.” It’s not a criticism, simply an invitation to join her and her friends on the dance floor.
This is the first video from Ono’s latest album, ‘Take Me to the Land of Hell,’ which arrived in September via Chimera Music, the label and artist collective headed by Ono’s son, Sean Lennon, along with Yuka C. and Charlotte Kemp Muhl.