One of the pleasures of any new David Cronenberg film is the new work from Howard Shore that traditionally accompanies it. Cronenberg and Shore have worked together on almost every one of the director’s features since The Brood in 1979. (Michael Kamen did the score for The Dead Zone in 1983.) And while not every Cronenberg/Shore collaboration has been gold, they have produced some excellent work together. The scores for The Fly and Videodrome are memorable and effective; Shore used Ornette Colman to great effect for Naked Lunch. A few years later he produced one of my favorite scores, period: the brittle, uneasy guitar-based music for Crash.

For Cosmopolis, the fourteenth feature collaboration between Cronenberg and Shore, the composer enlisted Canadian band Metric to perform the music for the film, and to co-write three tracks. (Metric also contributed to the Scott Pilgrim vs the World soundtrack.) Samples of the entire score are now available, and we’ve got info on the score below. Read More »

David Cronenberg has been a forward-thinking guy at many points in his career, but the overall tone of his films tends more towards the classic than the contemporary. He has relied upon Howard Shore to score his films for over thirty years. While some of those scores have been as unusual as the films they complemented, none have exactly been rock. (Even Crash, an absolutely brilliant score based around reverb and guitar, is far less rock than, say, Neil Young’s Dead Man, a similar score.)

So it’s a surprise to hear that Canadian rock band Metric, of whom you may know thanks to their song ‘Black Sheep,’ used in Scott Pilgrim, will collaborate with Howard Shore on the score for Cronenberg’s upcoming Cosmopolis. Read More »


In devising the soundtrack for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Edgar Wright has chosen specific bands and artists to sub for the fictional musicians of the comic strip. Pilgrim’s band Sex Bob-omb have had their tunes supplied by Beck, Broken Social Scene will be providing the noise of Crash and the Boys and Metric were tapped to bring The Clash at Demonhead to life, at least in terms of the music they make.

Today, Metric have made their first Scott Pilgrim track available via their Facebook Fan Page. It’s simple enough – you become a fan and the streaming player is activated. The song is called Black Sheep and while it was not written specifically for the film, it seems that this recording was done specifically for the soundtrack.

One such fan has already commented on the song featuring guitar whereas the band in the strip don’t have the instrument in their live line-up. Hardly a deal-breaker is it? Indeed, I’m relieved that Wright is fiddling with the fine details and hope he’s not held back at all in his adaptation. There’s not much I find more disappointing than a slavish big screen translation of a comic or novel that just wasn’t going to work unaltered in cinema.

Via Edgar Wright