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 visiting – We Are Sex Bob-Omb – Sex Bob-Omb
- Scott’s apartment, tells his roommate he’s dating a 17 year old – Scott Pilgrim – Plumtree
- Scott playing video game with Knives – Ninja Ninja Revolution – Dan The Automator
- Scott at Goodwill with Knives – Go – Plumtree
- Background during library scene – Garbage Truck – Sex Bob-Omb
- Party – Churches Under The Stairs – Broken Social Scene Presents Brendan Canning
- Scott looking for Ramona at the party – I 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 park – Hilcrest Park by Nigel Godrich (Score)
- Flying through the door at the park, at Ramona’s apartment with tea, first kiss – By Your Side – Beachwood Sparks
- First song by Crash and the Boys – I’m So Sad, So Very, Very Sad – (Crash and the Boys) Broken Social Scene and Erik Knudsen
- Second song by Crash and the Boys – We Hate You, Please Die – (Crash and the Boys) Broken Social Scene and Erik Knudsen
- First song by Sex Bob-Omb – Garbage Truck by Sex Bob-Omb
- Patel’s dance song while fighting Scott – Slick (Patel’s Song) – Dan The Automator
- Scott comes home while roommate is making food – Seinfeld – Jonathan Wolff
- Riding the bus after breaking up with Knives – Teenage 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 practice – Summertime – Sex Bob-Omb
- Scott making dinner for Ramona – To 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 Scott – Nervous Breakdown – Eddie Cochran
- Kissing after dinner, talking about cutting his hair – Sleazy 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 bathroom – It’s Getting Boring By The Sea – Blood Red Shoes
- The Clash at Demonhead plays on stage – Black Sheep – Metric and Brie Larson
- After Clash at Demonhead play – Romantic Rights – Death From Above 1979
- Scott and Todd square-off in battle of bass guitars – Bass 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 Roxy – Latin America – Holy Fuck
- Battle between Sex Bob-Omb and Katayanagi twins – Katayanagi Twins Attack – Cornelius
- Battle with Katanayagi twins – Threshold – Sex Bob-Omb
- Gideon kisses Ramona’s ring during Katanayagi battle – The Ring (Hypnotic Seduction Of Dale) – Queen
- Scott sees Knives after battle with Katanayagi twins – Anthems For A Seventeen-Year-Old Girl – Broken Social Scene
- Gideon signs Sex Bob-Omb to contract – Under My Thumb – The Rolling Stones
- Scott sitting alone in the park – Ramona (Acoustic Version) – Beck
- Sex Bob-Omb playing at the Chaos Theater without Scott – No 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 life – No Fun – Sex Bob-Omb [link to version by Sex Pistols]
- Fights Gideon for himself not for Ramona – We are Sex Bob-Omb by Sex Bob-Omb
- Walking through door with Ramona, end credits – Ramona – Beck Hansen, Brian Lebarton, Joey Waronker and Bram Inscore
- Second end credits song – Summertime by Sex Bob-Omb
- Third end credits song – Threshold (8 Bit) – Brian Lebarton
Original music for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Nigel Godrich
A couple more videos of songs from Scott Pilgrim: