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Metric transforms Sarah McLachlan song into 'a total cartoon banger' for new Scott Pilgrim series

The Toronto rock band originally contributed a song to the soundtrack of Edgar Wright’s 2010 film, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

The Toronto rock band originally contributed a song to the soundtrack of Edgar Wright’s 2010 film

An animated scene from Netflix's Scott Pilgrim Takes Off where red-haired rock star Envy Adams performs live in front of a big crowd of fans.
Brie Larson reprises her role as rock star Envy Adams in Netflix's Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, based on Bryan Lee O'Malley's 2000s graphic novel series. (Netflix)

Last week, Netflix released Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, an animated series inspired by Bryan Lee O'Malley's 2000s graphic novels about a twentysomething Toronto musician who meets the girl of his dreams. This new, eight-episode show was written by O'Malley and BenDavid Grabinski; Edgar Wright, who directed the 2010 film adaptation, returns as an executive producer. 

The entire cast of the film reunited for the series, but viewers will spot a bonus cameo by Toronto rock band Metric. The band, who originally contributed the song "Black Sheep" to the 2010 soundtrack (which was performed in the movie by the Brie Larson-led band, Clash at Demonhead), appear on the show's second episode to perform a cover of Sarah McLachlan's 1995 hit, "I Will Remember You." 

Spoilers ahead. 

WATCH | Envy Adams performs 'I Will Remember You' in Scott Pilgrim Takes Off  

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off flips the script on the original story with the pilot episode diverging from the film and comics by having love interest Ramona Flowers' first evil ex, Matthew Patel, killing Pilgrim in battle. The second episode takes place at Pilgrim's funeral where Larson's character, Pilgrim's ex-girlfriend Envy Adams, shows up to perform the McLachlan song. 

"When I got the call from [Edgar Wright] asking me to do a vocal cameo in a Scott Pilgrim anime show featuring the original cast of the movie, of course I was interested," Metric's Emily Haines said, in a statement to CBC Music. "He sent me the funeral scene and showed me how Envy performs Sarah's song and I just loved it. [Metric guitarist Jimmy Shaw] crafted the track with the team into a total cartoon banger in the vibe of 'Black Sheep.' Scott Pilgrim forever!" 

The series also brings "Black Sheep" back for a scene, but the rest of its soundtrack was helmed by New York band Anamanaguchi, who crafted the score for 2010's Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game. The 2010 film soundtrack also featured music from Broken Social Scene, Beck, and Halifax band Plumtree whose song "Scott Pilgrim" inspired the name of the comics' protagonist.  

WATCH | Clash at Demonhead perform 'Black Sheep' in 2010's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

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Melody Lau

Producer, CBC Music

Melody Lau is a Toronto-based writer for CBC Music. She can be found on Twitter @MelodyLamb or email melody.lau@cbc.ca.

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