We Are Sex Bob-omb!
If the fights and humour are integral to Scott Pilgrim, the music is even more so. Especially seeing as the movie adaptation allows us to actually hear the Sex Bob-omb songs, whereas the novels could only represent them in illustrations.
“Brian had playlists for all the books, in the back of the books,” Wright says, “and he kind of introduced me to some artists that I wasn’t aware of.
“And then there were some songs – like one or two songs – that I had mentioned to him that he put in the second book as they were coming up. So we have this nice crossover of bands that I’ve played him and vice versa.”
The production even went so far as to draft in band Plumtree, whose song inspired Scott Pilgrim back in the day. Wright promises that we’ll see the Plumtree name “splashed all over a huge portion of the film”.
He also reveals that he sees Scott Pilgrim the movie as adhering to the same movie logic as musicals. In musicals, people break into song and then carry on afterwards as if nothing has happened. So too with Pilgrim’s OTT action scenes.
For the film's songs themselves, the production cast real bands as the sound of the fictional bands.
Wright explains his reasoning behind this choice: “Usually in music films you have one composer who does everything. That sets a sort of house style, and sometimes that works great, like Phantom of the Paradise how Paul Williams does all the music for all the bands, but they all sound like Paul Williams songs, which is great.
“But for this we wanted to have a different band for every single artist that appears, and we’ve done that, and that’s kind of really fun.”
For Sex Bob-omb, Beck made the music while the actors provided the vocals. Other bands used include Metric, Broken Social Scene, while the official soundtrack features unreleased songs from Beachwood Sparks, Frank Black, Black Lips, T. Rex, The Bluetones, Blood Red Shoes, Broken Social Scene, The Rolling Stones, and Brian LeBarton.
Meanwhile, a fittingly awesome Scott Pilgrim game is in the works. Tilted Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, it’s a retro Arcade-style game that has been lovingly rendered to fit with the rest of Pilgrim cannon...