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Yoko Ono - Hell In Paradise

Yoko Ono on April 04, 2011 23:06

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    On the Starpeace album, we used musicians from different cultures to represent the world. There were some behind-the-scenes concerns with the album because of the then Reagan’s Star Wars program. Some people advised me against making the album. The timing wasn’t right, they said. The timing was right, I thought.

    The more they argued, the more it helped to solidify my feelings that I should go ahead with it. I told Sean I was going to do it. He was the only one who would have been affected by whatever happened to me. I even went on a concert tour with the album right smack in the middle of the strong anti-peace sentiment in the USA and Europe. It was truly HELL IN PARADISE.

    Then things started to turn around. It seemed to have inspired some heavy people. as you may know, and made me feel good.

    In hindsight, I don’t know how I did it. (I’m a coward.) But I’m glad I did.


    (from the liner notes of ONOBOX.)


    This is hell in paradise
    We're all asleep or paralyzed
    Why are we scared to verbalize
    Our multicolor dreams

    When will we come to realize
    We're all stoned or pacified
    While the boogie men organize
    Their multilevel schemes

    Underqualified for love
    Overqualified for life
    Sticking our heads in slime
    Thinking we're in our prime

    Mesmerized by mythology
    Hypnotized by ideology
    Antagonized by reality
    Vandalized by insanity
    Desensitized by fraternity
    Sanitized by policy
    Jeopardized by lunacy

    Penalized by apathy
    And living in the world of fantasy
    Dancing on hot coal
    Waiting for the last call
    It's Adam's ball
    Eve's call

    Wake up, shake up
    Check out, work out
    Speak out, reach out
    It's time to, time to,
    Time to, to, to, to, to....

    This is hell in paradise
    None of us wish to recognize
    But do we want them to materialize
    An endangered species

    Exorcise institution
    Exercise intuition
    Mobilize transition
    With inspiration for life

    Starpeace is Yoko Ono's 1985 concept album, designed to spread a message of peace around the world as an opposition to Ronald Reagan's "Star Wars" missile defense system.
    The single release of "Hell in Paradise" reached #16 in the US dance charts in 1985.

    Vocals - YOKO ONO
    Keyboards - Bernie Worrell, Jeff Bova
    Guitar - Eddie Martinez
    Violin - Shankar
    Bass - Robbie Shakespeare
    Percussion - Sly Dunbar, Tony Williams, Aïyb Dieng, Daniel Ponce, Anton Fier
    Whistle - Tony Levin
    Background Vocals - Bernard Fowler, Yolanda Lee Lewis and Nona Hendryx
    Produced by Bill Laswell and Yoko Ono
    Recorded and mixed by Rob Stevens

    Released by: Polygram
    Release date: Jan 1, 1985


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