My enjoyment of the music might come from the fact Burton and I are about the same age. In talking about the music of early ’70s — when the film is set — Burton points out about what an interesting time it was musically and how he became a fan.
“I must have been quite ill that year because I just remember that music on the AM radio. Being sick and having a fever and hearing all of that kind of music on the AM radio over and over again,” Burton says.
It was a time when radio stations would play the mind-blowing work of Alice Cooper and the pop tunes of The Carpenters.
“It felt strange at the time and still feels strange. The quality of music went from cheesy pop to hard core stuff. I remember Alice Cooper being a strong influence on me at the time. And he still looks the same which is very scary,” Burton says.
Burton got to thank Cooper as the rockstar makes an appearance in the movie.