Down the emo hole: Avril Lavigne, Owl City, All-American Rejects to sing for 'Alice in Wonderland'
The visuals for Tim Burton's upcoming "Alice in Wonderland" may create a new world, but the music inspired by the film wouldn't be out of place in your local mall. Avril Lavigne will have the showcase non-score track in the film with her end-credits cut "Alice (Underground)," and Disney will release two discs of music to promote the March 5 release of the 3-D film.
One album will focus solely on the score from Burton's go-to composer Danny Elfman. The other set will be a 16-track album, "Almost Alice," featuring a range of emo and rock acts, many of then unveiling new songs inspired by "Alice in Wonderland." The one holdover from Disney's 1951 animated film is "Very Good Advice," performed here by the Cure's Robert Smith.
Disney appears to be hoping for some "Twilight"-like success with its "Almost Alice" score, tapping a similar vein of rock 'n' roll as the soundtracks to the vampire soap operas.
Other artists on the album include pop-punk group the All-American Rejects, synthy pop act Metro Station, metal import Wolfmother, suburban Chicago mall rockers the Plain White T's, fashionable Scots Franz Ferdinand and a pairing of Blink-182's Mark Hoppus and Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz. A previously released track from Owl City also made the cut.
Lavigne has had smashing success with soundtrack work before. Her "Keep Holding On" from "Eragon," a major top-20 hit, has arguably outlived the film. The song was featured on "Glee" this year.
-- Todd Martens
Full track list:
1. "Alice (Underground)," Avril Lavigne
2. "The Poison," All-American Rejects
3. "The Technicolor Phase," Owl City
4. "Her Name Is Alice," Shinedown
5. "Painting Flowers," All Time Low
6. "Where's My Angel," Metro Station
7. "Strange," Tokio Hotel and Kerli
8. "Follow Me Down," 3OH!3 featuring Neon Hitch
9. "Very Good Advice," Robert Smith
10. "In Transit," Mark Hoppus with Pete Wentz
11. "Welcome to Mystery," Plain White T’s
12. "Tea Party," Kerli
13. "The Lobster Quadrille," Franz Ferdinand
14. "Running Out of Time," Motion City Soundtrack
15. "Fell Down a Hole," Wolfmother
16. "White Rabbit," Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Photo: Avril Lavigne. Credit: Isaac Brekken / Los Angeles Times