Karen O, Winona Ryder, Robert Smith Appear on Soundtrack to Disney's 'Frankenweenie'

6:45 PM PST 08/10/2012 by Arati Patel
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"Strange Love" was written by the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs frontwoman for the upcoming Tim Burton-directed film, which also features music by Kimbra, Passion Pit and Neon Trees.

Karen O is a frontwoman gone Frankenweenie.

The lead singer of rock group Yeah Yeah Yeahs has written and recorded a song for Disney’s upcoming Tim Burton-directed animated film. Called “Strange Love,” it will appear over the closing credits as well as on the movie’s 14-song soundtrack, Frankenweenie Unleashed!

Frankenweenie is a black and white stop-motion feature about a boy named Victor Frankenstein and his ambitious attempt to bring his dog, Sparky, back to life using science. Paying homage to the 1931 classic Frankenstein, it's the first film shot in black and white for IMAX and rendered in 3D.

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Speaking to Rolling Stone, Karen O said Burton's directive for the track was to come up with "an unconventional, unconditional love song." Her inspiration came by way of "the same era of B movie fright film references sprinkled throughout the film."

Burton's own musical history played a role, too. Says O: "I went in the direction of exotica and calypso stylistically because it's quirky, good vibes music of that era and when you throw in a theramin solo it's a marriage made in heaven. I remember Beetlejuice introducing me to the genius of Harry Belafonte's calypso record so I wanted to give a nod to that, too."

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Seasoned in music for motion pictures having co-composed the score to the 2009 film Where The Wild Things Are, Karen O also recently provided vocals to a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song," produced by Oscar winner and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Other artists on the Frankenweenie soundtrack, out Sept. 25, include Winona RyderKimbra, The Plain White T’s, Passion Pit and Skylar Grey (see full list below). 

"Strange Love" – Karen O
"Electric Heart (Stay Forever)" – Neon Trees
"Polartropic (You Don’t Understand Me)" – Mark Foster
"Almost There" – Passion Pit
"Pet Sematary" – Plain White T’s
"With My Hands" – Kimbra
"Everybody’s Got a Secret" – AWOLNATION
"Immortal" – Kerli
"My Mechanical Friend" – Grace Potter featuring The Flaming Lips
"Lost Cause"– Imagine Dragons
"Underground" – Grouplove
"Building a Monster" – Skylar Grey
"Witchcraft" – Robert Smith
"Praise Be New Holland" – Winona Ryder

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