chun1702 wrote:I just searched her on the UK charts and it strikes me that she did not have a hit from this album. I fact, her ONLY top 40 song was Walking On Thin Ice (peak #35 in 1983 and in 2003 same peak). I thought then, maybe she's more of an album artist and looked up the album charts. No, she's not, Season Of Glass peaked at #47 in 1981. How can that be? I especially expected Approximately Infinite Universe to chart for several weeks, making at least the lower top 10 in the UK. She is a well-known personality, after all. Why did it not chart? Didn't she sell it?
In the 70s and 80s especially, Yoko was almost universally hated and not given a fair shake because of the whole mentality that she broke up The Beatles, and what chart success she saw in the early 80s was largely due to sympathy after his murder.
I'd say its only really been in the past 10 years or so that a new generation has come along realizing how much she's influenced people like Bjork, Kate Bush, Tori, Laurie Anderson, The B-52's, Cyndi Lauper (who called Yoko a nusical inspiration in the liner notes to Hat Full Of Stars) etc... and are willing to check her out with an open mind. If you look at those who like her, they're usually under 35-40, while those who hate her are Beatle fanatics over 45 who somehow cream over the idea of them becoming a bunch of tired old farts touring despite not making a relevant album in 30 years like The Stones and The Who did.
The fact that these 70s albums sold so poorly (AIU peaked at #193 in the US, Feeling The Space didn't even chart) make the old vinyl copies so much more valuable today. I have NM/M records of of AIU and FTS and cherish them.