|"Open Your Box"|
|Single by Yoko Ono and The Plastic Ono Band|
|A-side||"Power to the People" (UK) (John Lennon)|
|Released||12 March 1971|
|Yoko Ono and The Plastic Ono Band singles chronology|
|"Open Your Box"|
|Single by Yoko Ono|
|Recorded||February–March 1971, remixed 2001|
|Yoko Ono singles chronology|
"Open Your Box" is a The Plastic Ono Band song by Yoko Ono, released on 12 March 1971 as the B-side of John Lennon's single "Power to the People". Lennon played guitar and produced the song.
In 1971, Ono's risqué lyrics were received in controversy ("box" is slang for vagina). Ono sings, "Open your box, open your trousers, open your sex, open your legs, open open open open open". The record was banned from radio in Britain, and was played on-air only when echo was added to blur the lyrics. Capitol Records, which distributed music by Apple Records in the United States, initially refused to issue the recording, and it was replaced as the B-side by another Ono track, "Touch Me".
"Open Your Box" was remixed and re-released by Orange Factory in 2001.
"Open Your Box" eventually appeared in 1971 on Ono's Fly album, under the title "Hirake" ("ひらけ" means "opening" in Japanese.) It also appears as a bonus track on a compact disc reissue of Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, however in a different version.
The Orange Factory remixed version was an underground hit and brought about renewed interest in Ono's career, inspiring her to create her album Blueprint for a Sunrise and further the remix project to much success. A compilation of these remixes entitled Open Your Box was released in April 2007.
Ultimate Classic Rock critic Michael Gallucci rated it as Ono's 6th best song, saying that it "is about sex...but the noisy chaos surrounding it is pure primal rage."
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||144|
|US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)||25|