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Drew Berrymore movie ‘Whip It’ stars Jens Lekman (songs)

Drew Barrymore & Jens Lekman

There’s a few of my songs in Drew Barrymore‘s directorial debut “Whip it”. Drew was really nice, she flew me out to LA, we had a cup of coffee and she showed me some clips from the movie. Usually I say no to film synchs because you just get a short synopsis from someone’s agent’s agent, and I always feel awkward my song will end up in the wrong context. You know, I write my songs for specific people, I find it hard to find them applied to someone elses story. But Drew listened to my concerns and we discussed the scenes she had in mind.

At some point our conversation drifted away and I think we were talking about monkeys, and it just struck me right there and then how surreal my life has become. And how absurd it is when anyone expects any kind of real compensation in this business. Compensation for what ? I’ve been touring on and off like crazy, I’ve put so much work into recording and writing. And in the end what I make my money from is talking to Drew Barrymore about monkeys…

The soundtrack is compiled by Randall Poster, who put together the soundtracks for the Wes Andersson movies among others. His soundtracks are like amazing little jukeboxes of random goodies. I haven’t seen the movie but it seems to be falling smoothly into the category of American movies about teenage love and alternative sports. From Breaking Away to Bring It On. –Jens Lekman

Jen (who’s now cured of swine flu) contributes the song “Your Arms Around Me,” originally on 2007’s Night Falls Over Kortedala, to the soundtrack. Joining him on the comp are The Breeders, Peaches, Little Joy, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and more. It comes out September 29th on Rhino. Album art and tracklist are below.

The film itself stars Ellen Page and is about roller derby. Its trailer, which includes a nice chunk of Weezer‘s “Pork and Beans,” is posted below…

Whip It

Whip It soundtrack
1. Pot Kettle Black – Tilly and the Wall
2. Sheena Is a Punk Rocker – The Ramones
3. What’s the Attitude – Cut Chemist, Hymnal
4. Bang on – The Breeders
5. Dead Sound – The Raveonettes
6. Blue Turning Grey – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
7. Your Arms Around Me – Jens Lekman
8. Learnalilgivinanlovin – Gotye
9. Boys Wanna Be Her – Peaches
10. Jolene – Dolly Parton
11. Caught Up in You – .38 Special
12. Never My Love – Adam Green, Har Mar Superstar
13. Black Gloves – Goose
14. Crown of Age – The Ettes
15. High Times – Landon Pigg, Turbo Fruits
16. Unattainable – Little Joy
17. Lollipop [Squeak E. Clean & Desert Eagles Remix] – The Chordettes
18. Doing It Right – The Go! Team
19. Breeze – Apollo Sunshine

Jens Lekman – Your Arms Around Me (Live Fecke TV400)

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