The World’s End has arrived; not the actual one (that was back in December 2012, so we were told), but the third and final movie in writer-director Edgar Wright and writer-star Simon Pegg‘s genre-bending and blending “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy – read my review here – that also includes Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
This past Tuesday, the soundtrack was made available was released on CD and MP3. As with his filmmaking contemporaries Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson, Edgar Wright plans out the various songs he intends to feature in his movies early in the pre-production stage and uses them to express the inner thoughts and emotions of his characters when dialogue simply won’t do the trick. In a recent interview with Indiewire, Wright went track by track on the World’s End O.S.T. and discussed the role each selected tune plays in the film’s narrative.
According to the director the songs that comprise the soundtrack were chosen specifically as a means of linking the character Gary, played by Pegg, to his fruitless pursuit of good times all the time in the face of middle age.
Here’s part of what Wright said about choosing “Loaded” by Primal Scream:
“Early in the writing process we made a playlist of songs from 1988 to 1993, roughly the period where Simon and I were in school and college. The idea was to use Gary King’s party anthems as a woozy link to the past. Gary still listened to these party anthems and wanted to take the hedonistic spirit as a design for living.”
You can read that full interview, which includes a breakdown of each song on the soundtrack, over at Indiewire.
I myself purchased the World’s End soundtrack shortly after seeing the movie on Thursday evening because there were certain songs used in the film that I absolutely fell head over heels in love with, like the Housemartins‘ 1986 track “Happy Hour” that plays over the closing credits. The album also includes songs from Primal Scream, The Doors, Teenage Fanclub, The Stone Roses, Pulp, Blur, The Soup Dragons, and Sisters of Mercy along with dialogue excerpts from the movie.
The World’s End is now in theaters. You can purchase the soundtrack on CD and MP3 at Amazon in the United States. It’s also available on Amazon UK: CD.
See the movie and then buy the music. They’re both outstanding.