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SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD

Music of Scott Pilgrim
Throughout the history of comics and graphic novels, musical references have been a big part of the medium. So is the case with O'Malley's books, as Scott's band takes on other bands in music battles. O'Malley notes: "It's a tradition in comics, way back to ‘The Archies.'”

As he constructed the film, the director knew that the soundtrack of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World should reflect the universe in which Scott and his friends live, as well as speak to a generation that has grown up gaming. Wright offers: "I am a huge music fan, so the idea of blowing people back into their seats with the soundtrack appealed to me immensely.”

Bacall remembers when he and Wright discussed how to approach the musical performances. He states: "Edgar initially commented that most ‘live' music in movies kind of sucks. We were coming up with gags to get around hearing the bands play until Edgar went out and got some of the most amazing musicians in the world to create original songs perfectly pitched for the film.”

To accomplish the task of choosing and producing the talent, Wright and the producers turned to prolific music producer Nigel Godrich. Having collaborated with such giants as Radiohead and Paul McCartney, Godrich was intimately familiar with the sounds that Wright wanted for the action-comedy. One of Godrich's most successful collaborators, Beck, would provide the sounds for Sex Bob-omb.

Beck, who contributed all of Sex Bob-omb's tracks, worked with Godrich and Wright to create songs that showcase the band's growing skills as the story unfolds. When we are first introduced to the band, they are finding their footing. Naturally, Stephen Stills' vocals are a little shaky (as are his skills on the lead guitar). As the group confronts each challenge—from facing off against Crash and the Boys to the epic battle against the Katayanagi twins—the music becomes more confident and powerful.

Canadian alternative indie rock band BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE (fronted by KEVIN DREW) contributed the songs for the film's band Crash and the Boys. Named after the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) game "Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge,” the band boasts 10-year-old drummer Trasha (played by ABIGAIL CHU), a young prodigy who would prefer to not see another girl drummer (ahem, Kim Pine) steal her thunder.

Fellow countrymen METRIC performed its song "Black Sheep” for The Clash at Demonhead (led by Scott's own evil ex, Envy Adams). Fronted by lead singer EMILY HAINES, the Toronto-based quartet creates a haunting song that seduces Scott back into Envy's world. While Knives and Julie are both obsessed by the power of Envy's vocals for The Clash at Demonhead, Scott knows that falling for her comes at a big price. Interestingly enough, the name for this band is based on another NES game, "Clash at Demonhead.”

DAN THE AUTOMATOR contributed the music for Matthew Patel's (and his Demon Hipster Chicks) Bollywood sequence, as well as the sounds for Knives and Scott's other passion, the game "Ninja Ninja Revolution.” Finally, the cult Japanese artist CORNELIUS (led by KEIGO OYAMADA) contributed instrumentals for the Katayanagi twins' face-off against Sex Bob-omb.

To ensure that Sex Bob-omb, Crash and the Boys, The Clash at Demonhead and the Katayanagi twins looked and performed as if they were actual bands, Sloan front man Chris Murphy was brought on as the musical performance supervisor.

As for the cast's experience in the field, Cera had a bit of musical background and Simmons had previously played guitar. Pill had never played drums, but by the end of the shoot she was playing along like a pro. Webber had his own catching up to do, but now feels confident he can bring the house down.

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