Edgar Wright noted, “Music is such an integral part of the Scott Pilgrim books that myself and Nigel have been working on the soundtrack for nearly two years. This collection of songs represents an amazing span of artists. Some inspired Bryan Lee O'Malley in the creation of the comic, some ‘soundtracked’ our lives while making the movie and most excitingly, some of our favourite artists contributed new songs that are performed in the movie. It was a thrill to work with Beck, Metric and Broken Social Scene on the original soundtrack and I think you will enjoy the loud fruits of this collaboration.”
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) includes a number of original songs composed by alternative/modern rock kingpin Beck. They are performed in the film by Sex Bob-Omb, the group featuring Scott Pilgrim (Cera) on bass, Stephen Stills (Mark Webber) on lead vocals and guitar and Kim Pine (Alison Pill) on drums. Cast members perform the band’s vocals, with multi-platinum and Grammy® Award winner Beck providing instrumentation - a unique collaboration unprecedented in the annals of soundtrack albums. Beck’s Sex Bob-Omb songs, including the grunge-infused “Garbage Truck” and the alternative-themed “Summertime,” are woven seamlessly into the film. Both the film and album feature four Beck/Sex Bob-Omb tracks, as well as “Ramona,” a Beck (only) song featured here in both acoustic and lush orchestral arrangements.
The soundtrack album also features “Black Sheep,” a previously unreleased track by Canadian synth rock heroes Metric. Other Scott Pilgrim soundtrack components include “Anthems For A Seventeen Year-Old-Girl,” plus two previously unreleased audio outtakes from the film by Broken Social Scene, the Canadian indie rock collective in an 11-piece incarnation. Additional highlights include “By Your Side” from Beachwood Sparks, the cosmic California-based country-pop group and “Sleazy Bed Track,” a 1998 single from Brit-pop rockers The Bluetones. Blood Red Shoes, a post-punk duo from Brighton, England, contributes “It’s Getting Boring by the Sea”; Black Lips, the Atlanta-based “flower punk” band and Pixies member Frank Black’s recording of “I Heard Ramona Sing.” Classic recordings from Marc Bolan & T. Rex (“Teenage Dream”) and The Rolling Stones (“Under My Thumb”) are also part of the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World collection. Of special note is the inclusion of Plumtree’s 1997, vinyl only release “Scott Pilgrim,” which was the original inspiration for O’Malley to create the series. Programmer Brian LeBarton’s interpretation of Beck’s “Threshold-8 bit” offers a quirky video game ambiance to the soundtrack.
Jody Klein, ABKCO’s CEO, commented: “Music plays a key role in the narrative for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. We are proud and excited to be a part of this film and the collaborative efforts of Edgar, Beck and Nigel.”