Following a decade of dancefloor domination as her alter-ego ONO, Yoko Ono continues to be a formidable presence on the club charts holding sway with discerning DJs, clubbers and tastemakers worldwide. With her latest remix single “WALKING ON THIN ICE 2013” – which ascends to #2 WITH A BULLET ON BILLBOARD’S HOT DANCE CLUB PLAY CHART (issue date: 10/05/2013, on news stands 9/28/13, and on Billboard.com on 9/26/13) – dance music’s celebrated “grande dame” and mother of reinvention finds herself nestled comfortably alongside contemporary mainstream and electronic pop heavyweights LADY GAGA, DAFT PUNK, KATY PERRY, SELENA GOMEZ, AVICII, KYLIE MINOGUE and PET SHOP BOYS.
Originally recorded during the ‘Double Fantasy’ recording sessions with John Lennon, “WALKING ON THIN ICE” would be the last recording by John and Yoko — on that fateful night of December 8, 1980. Released in the early months of 1981, the pioneering electronic-injected dance / post-disco / nu-wave hybrid would become ONO’s definitive masterstroke and, easily one of her most accessible, best-known and well-regarded works. The searing anthem brilliantly captured the kinetic pulse, tension, gritty nihilism and urban cool that defined the times then, and, in an acknowledgement to its timeless insights, continues to define them now.
In 2003, MIND TRAIN and TWISTED RECORDS took this song to the top of the Billboard Club chart, kicking off ONO’S streak of 10 #1 BILLBOARD HOT DANCE CLUB PLAY chart-topping club hits, including “HOLD ME”, “TALKING TO THE UNIVERSE”, “MOVE ON FAST”, “WOULDNIT’ (I’M A STAR)”, “GIVE ME SOMETHING”, “I’M NOT GETTING ENOUGH”, “GIVE PEACE A CHANCE”, “NO NO NO” and “EVERYMAN / EVERYWOMAN”.
Now 10 years on, ONO revisits “WALKING ON THIN ICE” and teams up with an international cast of dance music innovators to reinvent the enduring landmark anthem befitting 2013, melding the classic with the contemporary – old school and new school – with blistering results. Released as an expansive, 4-part digital green release (no materials used or abused), the set includes essential high-octane re-rubs from Grammy-nominated house music pioneer and living legend DANNY TENAGLIA, Dutch EDM heavyweight R3HAB, Grammy-winning remixer/producer RALPHI ROSARIO, TOM STEPHAN (aka SUPERCHUMBO), dance/electronic and indie-rock master RICH MOREL (of MOREL, DEATHFIX and BLOWOFF fame), EMJAE, TEDD PATTERSON and DAVE AUDÉ (whose discography includes remixes and productions for Madonna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, U2, Beyonce, Ke$ha, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Coldplay and Pussycat Dolls, and more than 85 #1 Billboard Club Play Chart hits).
As a bonus, the fete also includes the exclusive Rob Di Stefano 2013 Edit of PETER RAUHAUFOR’S “FUTURE MIX”. The Grammy Award-winning house music DJ, producer/ and label owner, best known for his dance remixes of MADONNA, CHER, WHITNEY HOUSTON, BRITNEY SPEARS, MARIAH CAREY, RIHANNA, ADELE, PET SHOP BOYS and DEPECHE MODE, passed away in May after a long battle with brain cancer. Peter was a loyal supporter and fan of Yoko’s work and collaborated with her on several remix singles. ONO performed multiple times at his long-standing Saturday night residency at The Roxy to transfixed and elated capacity crowds. Her label partners (MIND TRAIN and TWISTED RECORDS) decided to include this new edit as a tribute, and having already made a donation in his memory to the American Cancer Society, felt it would be appropriate to donate the proceeds of Peter’s work to the ACS as well.
“WALKING ON THIN ICE 2013” is available as digital green releases (no materials used or abused) on MIND TRAIN / TWISTED Records on iTunes, Beatport and at all fine digital retailers.