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Edgar Wright On The Music Of The World's End
The director talks us through the sounds of his ale-pocalypse

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 If your ears have been anywhere near Spaced, Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz or Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, you’ll be aware that Edgar Wright knows how to sling a fantastic soundtrack together. His new film, pissed-up sci-fi flick The World’s End, keeps up the quality, collating a selection of vintage British rock, pop and rap, all released between 1987 and 1993. With the soundtrack out now on iTunes, here’s Wright to talk you through the key tracks.

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Primal Scream - Loaded

Released in 1990. First single from the group’s breakthrough album, Screamadelica. Samples Peter Fonda dialogue from the film The Wild Angels.

“This is the music that opens the movie. We decided it would be an anthem for Gary King (Simon Pegg): the opening dialogue is something he would use as his Bible. It’s perfect for Gary because it’s just a ‘fuck you to the man’ song. It was also a personal gateway for me into listening to indie music. I was 16 in 1990 and up until that point I’d listened mostly to what was in the pop charts, older acts like Bowie or Queen or my parents’ old Beatles and Stones albums. But I remember hearing Bruno Brookes running down the UK Top 40, saying, ‘New entry in at number 36… it’s Primal Scream with Loaded!’ I was like, ‘What is this?’

“We had some of the songs playing on set. Loaded was definitely blaring out when we shot the close-up of Simon’s face for his first scene. It’s really powerful, hearing that in the room. The cast were also listening to Suede through earwigs for the scene where they’re walking in slow motion. Every time we did a take, just before the cameras rolled, Paddy [Considine] would be singing ‘Streaker!’ along with Brett Anderson. Every single time!”

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