Beck Cuts 'Scott Pilgrim' Songs

The songwriter gives Michael Cera's band its voice

Beck performs at SuperBock SuperRock - 2nd Act in Parque Tejo on July 10th, 2008 in Lisbon, Portugal.
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August 19, 2010

The new Michael Cera movie, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, features five new songs by Beck, written specially for the film. (Broken Social Scene and Metric also contributed tunes to the soundtrack.)

The songs are in the guise of Scott Pilgrim's fictional punk band, Sex Bob-Omb, who are either "genius" or "complete shit," says music supervisor Nigel Godrich, the soundtrack's producer. Beck wrote and recorded all the tunes in two days. "It needed to be underthought," Beck says. "They had to be funny, but I also wanted them to sound raw. like demos."

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