Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What we're listening to: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World soundtrack

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is one of my favorite movies this year and one of the reasons is due to its music. In the movie, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) plays bass in the band Sex Bob-Omb along with friends Stephen (Mark Webber) on guitar and Kim (Allison Pill) on drums. The soundtrack includes all the songs I enjoyed so much in the movie. The biggest highlights are the Sex Bob-Omb songs: "We Are Sex Bob-Omb," "Garbage Truck," "Threshold," and "Summertime." I love that the CD includes Scott's hastily made intro to "Thresold," which comes at a point in the movie where it appears that Sex Bob-Omb is about to be beaten during Battle of the Bands by the Katayanagi Twins: "We are Sex Bob-Om and we're here to make you sad and think about death and stuff!" The actors actually perform their own songs, and if you read the credits closely you will see that Beck also plays on the songs.

The soundtrack even includes the hilariously short, three second-long "I'm So Sad, So Very, Very, Sad" by Crash and the Boys (performed by Erik Knudsen and Broken Social Scene). Broken Social Scene also has the song "Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl" included. The 8-bit version of "Threshold" is fun because the music sounds like you're playing a video game. Another of my favorites is Metric's "Black Sheep," performed in the movie by Scott's ex, Envy, and her band Clash at Demonhead.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World disappeared pretty quickly from theaters but I predict this is a movie that will gain a cult following from repeated viewings. I'll write more about its great cast, funny script, and awesome directing after its November 9 DVD release and for my Best of 2010 list. Until Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is released on DVD, be sure to check out the soundtrack.