Yeah Yeah Yeahs leader Karen O is no stranger to making music for kids’ movies; after all, she and her all-killer supergroup the Kids did the music for the Spike Jonze adaptation of Where The Wild Things Are. She recently contributed a lovely, lilting song called “Love Is Strange” to the soundtrack of the Tim Burton animated film Frankenweenie. Here’s what she had to say about the song:
Tim [Burton] wanted an unconventional unconditional love song. My music inspiration came out of the same era of B movie fright film references sprinkled throughout the film. 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. We ended up with a love song for the end of the film to the film! Frankenweenie is so special, it’s an unbelievable honor to be involved with it.
(via Rolling Stone)