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Music from the Films of Edgar Wright

by Barry Walters

Music from the Films of Edgar Wright


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Ever since making a big bloody splash with his 2004 zom-com Shawn of the Dead, director Edgar Wright has helped ensure that England's post-millennial film scene remains something more than a dependable generator of highly respectable Oscar bait. This summer, he released the final installment of "The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy," which he cowrote with his favored actor, Simon Pegg: Rounding out Shawn and 2007's Hot Fuzz is The World's End, in which a group of now nearly middle-aged buddies reunite to finish the post-graduation pub crawl they couldn't quite complete some 20 years ago.

Like the trilogy's previous installments, as well as his first North American film, 2010's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World -- which features fictional garage bands actually playing original music written by Beck, Metric and members of Broken Social Scene -- The World's End is thoroughly packed with fantastic music: In this case, it's Madchester bands, Brit-pop and UK club hits that soundtracked the gang's early '90s hijinks. This playlist presents the best songs featured in those films, plus tracks from other movies Wright's been involved in -- as a bit actor (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Son of Rambow), producer (Attack the Block and Sightseers) and writer (The Adventures of Tintin) -- and concludes with the goth classic that closes his trilogy with an appropriate roar.

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