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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Robert covers 'Witchcraft' for 'Frankenweenie'






















From Disney Music Alert: Robert Smith contributes 'Witchcraft' to Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie Unleashed!' album, which will be released in North America on Sept. 25th. (Thanks Brad)

No idea yet if this is an original song or not, but just guessing it will be a cover of the old Frank Sinatra classic. At least I'm hoping it is, as I'd love to hear Robert's take on it. Much like his cover of 'Very Good Advice' on Tim's 'Almost Alice', this could be great fun!

See the glow in the dark album cover at Rolling Stone.

Update (Sept. 6th): It IS a cover of the Sinatra classic. Has a slow, big band/jazz combo feel to it. But not in the traditional sense. It is very slow, almost dirge-like. Imagine Tim Burton/David Lynch conducting the band. :) It's a bit jazzy, with a little swing, and a touch of the weird. Love the little piano bit. Hope that's Robert playing it. And really love his singing style! Reaction to it should be interesting. :)

Update (Sept. 25th): Now available in the US at Amazon and iTunes. Also, Amazon will have an exclusive vinyl version of the album, and that will be out on Oct. 30th.
For European (and other) fans who can't buy it yet, take a listen to it here. (Thanks hg)

The Cure's Facebook has been updated with news of today's release, yet once again, no mention of it on . Somebody save the official site!

50 comments:

  1. WOW!!! SOOOO COOL, CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR IT!!! ;0)

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  2. Wasn't a fan of Very Good Advice but my interest is piqued.

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    1. I agree, I thought "Very Good Advice" was slow and boring. When will we get new Cure?

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    2. JPX, you are going to hate Witchcraft. Predicting it now. :)

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    3. How could I hear it, if I'm from Brazil and I can't buy it outside US?!

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  3. Great! Always love these kind of tracks...

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  4. hellz yeah!!!! lol :P sounds great :) cant wait to see the film i like tim burton like his work :) and roberts!! :) I WANT TO SEE A LIVE CARTOON VERSION BY TIM BURTON OF "THE CURE" LIVE THAT WOULD BE SO FUCKNING COOL!!!!!!!-DUGZYBONEZ :)

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  5. Siouxsies sung 'Witchcraft' in concert...

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  6. I think the Cure have done snatches of Witchcraft in an encore before

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    1. Yes, Robert sang a bit of it several times during those great extended versions of Why Can't I Be You? on the Swing Tour.

      But again, unless the press release is wrong, this will not be a cover, it will be a new song.

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    2. thanks, is that where Robert says/sings 'Its Witchcraft'; not sure if i've heard it before or that it just sounds familiar

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    3. The press release was wrong. It IS a cover of the Sinatra song.

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  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTsgIveS_fM&feature=autoplay&list=PLBE198AB39B9B5E94&playnext=6

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    1. On the Frankenweenie Unleashed album. :)

      No samples are online just yet, but we are just over 2 weeks away from release, so they should be going up soon.

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  9. last time i saw tim burton was at the royal albert hall reflections show;-)

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    1. last time i saw him was at the last night of reflections new york :D

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    2. Tim is as much of a Cure junkie as the rest of us. :)

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    3. good to hear from you, antti. frequency was a great show. i was in the first row for the first time in my life:-))))

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    4. I thought I saw him in NYC... I knew he was at the London shows, so wasn't sure if that was him over here too.

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  10. Craig you said in the update this IS a cover of Sinantra's song. In the comments above you say it is NOT a Sinatra cover.
    ????

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    1. Look at the date of that comment and what I said. Aug. 14th - "unless the press release is wrong, this will not be a cover".

      The press release was wrong. It is a cover of the Sinatra classic.

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  11. I hope that all this is a good thing for Robert, and that him give it even greater
    success. :D

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  12. Hello Cure friends. Download my new ep: The 17 Seconds - Hospital Bed 2. Its kind of a lo-fi pop thing. - http://www.mediafire.com/?xamnw8cpi5gyjhi

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  14. Don't I remember this 7th day of September as being King Robert day? :-) I remember hearing RS sing a bit of Witchcraft at the swing tour show hear in Mobile.

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  15. This is up on itunes now for downloading. It's awesome. :D

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  16. TOO FREAKING ADORABLE!!!! And yeah, I wonder who did the piano part, love it!!

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  17. I'm starting to think that Robert is wasting his time with the cure, this sounds amazing, like the cover version of "small hours".

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  18. bloody awful... just hope it somehow fits the movie at least... (the movie looks equally awful though)

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  19. I like it. Of course I like the slow and weird Cure best. Or as I think of it, the Stoner Cure.

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  20. ^correction - i only listened to a short sample of it and judged it. so i don't really have any idea how good the full song is, but from the snippet, i didn't feel compelled to purchase it.

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  21. Can listen here: http://museeffect.tumblr.com/post/32267129654/witchcraft-robert-smith

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  22. Hello Craig, sent several emails (cover, The xx...)

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  23. loved the song for a long time, so i bought Robert's version. it's fun, playful, whimsical. as i said, love this rendition -- can't stop listening.

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  24. I think it is a great cover, I love it :)

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  25. I'm afraid the thecure.com is about to become part of a museum collection. Official sites are too 1990s, and allow less direct marketing than FB/Tweeter - you have to wait for people to come and check them out. Too bad.

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  26. He sounded so classic in this song...not his usual whiny voice but he sang it greatly and unique. i love the atmosphere to it. kinda dreamy and light. great job, robert...

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  27. by it from amazon for a nickel:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/socialmedia/promotions/anc-bday/ref=tsm_1_tw_s_dm_maz5ja?t=slicinc-20&tag=slicinc-20

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  28. If you're used to the way Sinatra swings on this song, it's a bit off-putting at first. I agree with the person who said David Lynch; the band sounds a little like the Koko Taylor song in Blue Velvet. Robert uses his Club America voice to great effect here. It's like he's been trapped by witchcraft in the Tar Pits, and enjoying the sensation. The piano playing is very nice.

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  29. Cheesy crap. Bob please stop covering songs!

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