Jens Lekman Agrees To Whip It

Combine a hobbyistic niche extreme sport, Kristen Wiig, and an indie rock soundtrack featuring roller derby enthusiasts like the Breeders and you have a movie that could be a lot of fun. Whip It stars Ellen Page (Ghost Cat) and was directed by Drew Barrymore. Who doesn’t like Drew Barrymore? Not Jens Lekman. She flew the songwriter out to LA and convinced him over coffee that Night Falls Over Kortedala’s “Your Arms Around Me” was in good hands if he licensed it to her film. Then they talked about monkeys.

Jens blogs:

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.

You can watch the Whip It trailer here. Soundtrack is out 9/29 on Rhino and includes these songs:

01 “Pot Kettle Black” – Tilly and the Wall
02 “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker” – The Ramones
03 “What’s the Attitude” – Cut Chemist, Hymnal
04 “Bang On” – The Breeders
05 “Dead Sound” – The Raveonettes
06 “Blue Turning Grey” – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
07 “Your Arms Around Me” – Jens Lekman
08 “Learnalilgivinanlovin” – Gotye
09 “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

Drew Barrymore, doing her part (publicist) for Swedish indie-pop one band at a time.