The ‘Scott Pilgrim’ Soundtrack Is Streaming Now
As you may have heard, the big screen adaptation of “Scott Pilgrim” hits theaters this week, and while I’ve already dropped my stamp of approval on the movie itself, there’s another big aspect of it that hasn’t seen much discussion: the soundtrack, which is currently streaming in its entirety on Spinner.com!
Those of you who want to go into the theater completely fresh might want to skip out on listening to it, as the songs are actually a pretty big part of the film — the opening sequence is built around Sex Bob-Omb’s first song, and it’s a pretty big moment. But then again, that’s probably to be expected from the fact that a) Scott’s band is a central piece of the story, and b) the film’s advertising has seen a lot of Michael Cera as Scott straight up leaning on his bass.Director Edgar Wright’s soundtracks are always pretty awesome — “Shaun of the Dead’s” use of Grandmaster Flash’s “White Lines” and Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” were perfect examples of musical cues as gags, and the inclusion of XTC and Supergrass on the “Hot Fuzz” soundtrack made sure it got an awful lot of play at the comic book store where I used to work — but he’s really outdone himself here.
Not only does it have good songs, including one by Frank Black (former frontman of the Pixies, who get namechecked in the comic and the movie) and the Plumtree song that gave Scott Pilgrim his name, but the actual songs by the fictional bands are pretty great too. The Sex Bob-Omb tracks (which were written by Beck) nail the low-fi garage rock quality of a band that rehearses in Stephen Stills’ living room, and Crash and the Boys’ “I’m So Sad, So Very, Very Sad” is unquestionably the highlight of the album.
I will say, though, that I’m pretty disappointed that the Clash at Demonhead’s song doesn’t appear to have made it to the album. I remember liking that one quite a bit. [EDIT: No sooner did this go up than that song came up on the stream. It's the only song on the album not credited to the fictional band: "Black Sheep," by Metric!]
There’s also a streaming version of the film’s score by Nigel Godrich, which will be released alongside the soundtrack album tomorrow.