The Band That Made The Scott Pilgrim Movie Like 300% Better

The Band That Made The Scott Pilgrim Movie Like 300% Better

It’s not like Edgar Wright’s cinematic adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s excellent Scott Pilgrim books wasn’t really good on its own. But there was a moment for me in this film when it went from “Okay, this is fun” to “Holy shit, this is awesome,” and it happened because of a band, and because of a song.

Specifically, “Black Sheep” by the band Metric, performed by Brie Larson in her role as Envy Adams. Envy is Scott’s ex-girlfriend and lead singer of the wildly successful band The Clash at Demonhead, and the performance above marks her first appearance in the film.

She’s been this looming presence in the story up until that point, the phantom ex who broke Scott’s heart and threatens to do it again. When she finally returns, it seems appropriate that she makes an entrance. And oh, what an entrance!

This sequence just slays me. The build up to the tune is perfect — magical graphic equalizers bounce across the stage as the music builds, with Envy coming on, saying “Oh yeah.” At that same moment Scott is coming to the conclusion that in fact, Envy’s bassist Todd is one of Ramona’s Evil Exes.

“Oh yeah,” Envy says. “Oh, no.” Scott says.

And then, BAM the song begins, and rocks almost as hard as when Metric themselves perform it.

Here’s Metric’s version, which is featured on the Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Soundtrack:

Nice. Of course, the original version stomps the cover, but while I prefer Emily Haines’ performance, I really do dig Larson’s take on the tune as Envy. She makes it a bit sassier and a bit less rocking, and in that way, more appropriate to Envy’s character.

And hey, while we’re here, check out this track from Metric’s new album, Synthetica. I’m a bit in lesbians with this album at the moment, particularly this track, “Speed the Collapse.”

Those “aahs” at at 1:28 kill me — higher and higher, reaching for the sky! Not enough melodic lines move upwards, especially not in songs about the collapse. Hooray for contrary motion and music and lyrics that work together in interesting ways!

I really enjoy the idea that if The Clash at Demonhead had to be a band, they’d be Metric. That seems about right, and makes me like both Envy Adams AND Emily Haines more than I already did.

Metric is on European tour at the moment, and you can find tour dates and listen to and purchase any of their many albums on their official website.


  • What’s great is this article comes the same day they cancel their show in Perth. Thanks for reminding me that I’ll have to wait even longer to ever have chance to see them live.

      • So boring. Your discovery that websites use money from advertising to enable them to function is an expose of MASSIVE proportions. I, for one, am truly shocked, and in awe of your powers of detection.

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  • My understanding was that Brian Lee O’Malley specifically had Emily Haines in mind when he created Envy.

    This is a pretty strange article (or advertisement) but I’m not gonna complain because Metric are a great band. 😛 Synthetica is a pretty solid album.

  • Um Envy 1st shows up in the coffee shop and tells Scott to come to this show. So we already know her at this point. His “oh no” is over the fact he realises Todd is with his ex and one of romona’s exs. Good album plug tho…

    • Probably what he meant when he said:
      “At that same moment Scott is coming to the conclusion that in fact, Envy’s bassist Todd is one of Ramona’s Evil Exes.”

  • Whoa, bit slow aren’t you? I’ve been in lesbians with this song for AGES. Used to listen to it non-stop and I still can’t help but headbang a bit every time it comes up on my mp3 player’s shuffle.

    • Althought to be completely honest, I prefer the cover. Brie Larson’s voice has more body to it, she really puts some sex appeal into the song and prefer her differing emphases and stresses in her enunciation of the lyrics. But to each his own of course.

  • One of the best songs from SPVTW not in the film was the Prodigy’s ‘Invaders must die’ from the trailer, 8bit cred in the chorus.

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