I’m in Lesbians with the 36 Songs from the Scott Pilgrim vs The World Soundtrack


From the opening chords of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, when the Universal theme song is played in video game tones, I knew this movie would be amazing. The rest of the movie did not disappoint, either in the music, the story or in the way in which it’s told. It’s a brilliant movie – one of my favorites from the past couple years. It’s a shame that more people didn’t see it, because I would have loved to have seen the rest of the story told on film.

There are 36 songs in Scott Pilgrim, including songs from Frank Black, Plumtree, Black Lips, Beck, Metric, Queen, Broken Social Scene and The Rolling Stones. And of course, there’s Sex Bob-Omb, the band at the center of the movie, that Michael Cera plays bass for.

My favorite song from Scott Pilgrim is probably Black Sheep by Metric and Brie Larson. It’s the song that The Clash at Demonhead plays when Sex Bob-Omb opens for them. I also enjoyed the use of a range of Ramona songs from Frank Black, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Beck and Michael Cera, singing solo as Scott Pilgrim, not as Sex Bob-Omb.

Here’s Black Sheep. The song kicks into gear about 35 seconds in.

Beck wrote all six songs by Sex Bob-Omb in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World as well as a few other tunes in the movie. The movie itself is like a Beck song – odd, visceral and irresistible. Beck is one of those artists that perpetually surprises me in the way he is able to layer different sounds onto each other. I remember reading that his grandfather was a collage artist. His music sounds like an aural collage, so it makes sense. What Beck does with a song, Edgar Wright has done with film. He creates a celluloid palimpsest, layering allusions atop the music, video games and pop culture referenced in the film.

Michael Cera’s range of random t-shirts is also worth the show. The SP Smashing Pumpkins t-shirt was one of my favorites from high school. It got me through some times indeed. The song By Your Side is a throwback to another time as well. Here’s the version by Beachwood Sparks from the movie. I prefer the original by Sade, but this version has a haunting hollow that is fitting.

Here’s the complete list of all 36 songs from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World in the order the appeared in the movie and with notes on the scenes they were in. If you just watched Scott Pilgrim and are seeking out the music from the movie, I hope this post helps. If you’ve found the post first, you should find the film and set yourself to watching it. You will enjoy it for sure.

And if you’re wondering where the title of the post comes from, check out these quotes from Scott Pilgrim.

  • First song at band practice with Knives visitingWe Are Sex Bob-Omb – Sex Bob-Omb
  • Scott’s apartment, tells his roommate he’s dating a 17 year oldScott Pilgrim – Plumtree
  • Scott playing video game with KnivesNinja Ninja Revolution – Dan The Automator
  • Scott at Goodwill with KnivesGo – Plumtree
  • Background during library sceneGarbage Truck – Sex Bob-Omb
  • PartyChurches Under The Stairs – Broken Social Scene Presents Brendan Canning
  • Scott looking for Ramona at the partyI Heard Ramona Sing – Frank Black
  • Background at the party(?)O Katrina! – Black Lips
  • Scott dreams about Ramona as he waits for his package – Enter Goddess (from Legend of Zelda) – Koji Kondo
  • Scott and Ramona at the parkHilcrest Park by Nigel Godrich (Score)
  • Flying through the door at the park, at Ramona’s apartment with tea, first kissBy Your Side – Beachwood Sparks
  • First song by Crash and the BoysI’m So Sad, So Very, Very Sad – (Crash and the Boys) Broken Social Scene and Erik Knudsen
  • Second song by Crash and the BoysWe Hate You, Please Die – (Crash and the Boys) Broken Social Scene and Erik Knudsen
  • First song by Sex Bob-OmbGarbage Truck by Sex Bob-Omb
  • Patel’s dance song while fighting ScottSlick (Patel’s Song) – Dan The Automator
  • Scott comes home while roommate is making foodSeinfeld – Jonathan Wolff
  • Riding the bus after breaking up with KnivesTeenage Dream – T-Rex
  • Scott playing the bassline to Final Fantasy II – Final Fantasy II Battle I – Nobuo Uematsu
  • Start playing song before Ramona comes to practiceSummertime – Sex Bob-Omb
  • Scott making dinner for RamonaTo Ramona – The Flying Burrito Brothers
  • Scott sings song he wrote for Ramona – Ramona – Michael Cera
  • Playing in the background at the coffee shop when Julie is cursing at ScottNervous Breakdown – Eddie Cochran
  • Kissing after dinner, talking about cutting his hairSleazy Bed Track – Bluetones
  • Playing in background when Knives is dying her hair; Sex Bob-Omb playing onstage at the bar – Indefatigable – Sex Bob-Omb
  • Knives says hi to Ramona in bar bathroomIt’s Getting Boring By The Sea – Blood Red Shoes
  • The Clash at Demonhead plays on stageBlack Sheep – Metric and Brie Larson
  • After Clash at Demonhead playRomantic Rights – Death From Above 1979
  • Scott and Todd square-off in battle of bass guitarsBass Battle – Nigel Godrich, Justin Meldal Johnsen and Jason Falkner
  • Walking into after party, then Ramona fights Roxy - Roxy by Nigel Godrich (score)
  • After Scott and Ramona defeat RoxyLatin America – Holy Fuck
  • Battle between Sex Bob-Omb and Katayanagi twinsKatayanagi Twins Attack – Cornelius
  • Battle with Katanayagi twinsThreshold – Sex Bob-Omb
  • Gideon kisses Ramona’s ring during Katanayagi battleThe Ring (Hypnotic Seduction Of Dale) – Queen
  • Scott sees Knives after battle with Katanayagi twinsAnthems For A Seventeen-Year-Old Girl – Broken Social Scene
  • Gideon signs Sex Bob-Omb to contractUnder My Thumb – The Rolling Stones
  • Scott sitting alone in the parkRamona (Acoustic Version) – Beck
  • Sex Bob-Omb playing at the Chaos Theater without ScottNo Fun – Sex Bob-Omb [link to version by Sex Pistols]
  • Fight with Gideon’s minions –  We are Sex Bob-Omb by Sex Bob-Omb
  • Scott comes back into the Chaos Theater after he gets to plus up lifeNo Fun – Sex Bob-Omb [link to version by Sex Pistols]
  • Fights Gideon for himself not for RamonaWe are Sex Bob-Omb by Sex Bob-Omb
  • Walking through door with Ramona, end creditsRamona – Beck Hansen, Brian Lebarton, Joey Waronker and Bram Inscore
  • Second end credits songSummertime by Sex Bob-Omb
  • Third end credits songThreshold (8 Bit) – Brian Lebarton

Original music for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Nigel Godrich

A couple more videos of songs from Scott Pilgrim:

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~ by montelutz on July 12, 2011.

9 Responses to “I’m in Lesbians with the 36 Songs from the Scott Pilgrim vs The World Soundtrack”

  1. SWEETNESS PERSONIFIED.

  2. hi i love your blog
    can you make the list of the soundtrack from “nick and norah’s infinite playlist” please :)

  3. Great breakdown on one of the best modern soundtracks ever. I hope late adopters of Scott Pilgrim might find this.

  4. I’ve only recently seen this film but it is great stuff! The music, I mean. Well, the plot also. been a bit underrated since it came out hasn’t it?

    Anyway, I love the effort you put into your posts, and this one was particularly informative.

    Thanks!

  5. Is it just me or isn’t Spiderbaits Shazam! One of the songs playing at the credits.

    I just caught the movie this morning and tried finding the song in the album but no luck. My phone said shazam by Spiderbait so idk.

  6. “O Katrina” plays at the beginning of the scene at the Rockit, before Clash plays.

  7. What is the song played when Scott Dies and woke up in dream then romona came and tells him what she feels about gedion

  8. man. I’ve had that 20-second part of Under My Thumb looping in my head for 2 days. wouldn’t have figured out it was the stones. thank-you!

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