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Karen O.

Karen O.

Playing tracks by

Michael Jackson, Ray Peterson, John Williams, Jefferson Airplane, PJ Harvey and more.

Chart positions

This show was 1st in the global indie rock chart, 1st in the global indie chart, 1st in the global alternative rock chart and 1st in the global interview chart.

Before she became the world-renowned vocalist, songwriter, and indie rock icon we now know as Karen O, Karen Orzolek was born in 1978 in South Korea to a Korean mother and a Polish-American father, and grew up in New Jersey on what she calls a very Spielberg-type cul-de-sac.

As a kid Karen began finding inspiration in songs from movie soundtracks, and having New York City less than 20 miles away gave her easy access to live music as a teenager. While she didn’t know it at the time, both her early love of film soundtracks and her teen years of live shows would be the start of a journey that would eventually lead her back to live in New York, found a band of her own - the Yeah Yeah Yeahs - and launch a career that would encompass making art-rock and music for films.

As Yeah Yeah Yeahs are about to release their fifth full length album, Cool It Down on September 30th, Karen O sits down with Carmel Holt to share her story and life soundtrack on the Season 3 finale of Mixtape Memoir.

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