Soundtrack Of My Life: Edgar Wright

Baby Driver director, king of the Cornetto trilogy

The first song I remember hearing

Mud – ‘Tiger Feet’

“I have dim memories of this on Top Of The Pops, which is weird because it came out in January 1974, and I wasn’t born until April 1974. I have memories of them doing their silly dance.”

The first album I bought


BBC Radiophonic Workshop– ‘Doctor Who Sound Effects’

“I wish I had a cooler answer than this but maybe this is so dorky that it’s cool. It has 30 tracks including ‘The Dalek Control Room’, ‘Distillation Chamber’ and, crucially, ‘TARDIS Interior (Stationary)’. I highly recommend it. I’m sure at one point we tried to use it for something in Spaced.”

The song that made me want to work in films

The Marcels – ‘Blue Moon’

“This is the closing track to An American Werewolf in London. That movie knocked me for six when I saw it as a kid. I was completely wowed and intent on working in the movies after that.”

The first gig I went to


David Bowie – Milton Keynes Bowl

“It was the Sound+Vision tour. I was a big Bowie fan. I was 16, and I was working in a supermarket in Somerset. An older kid that was in my brother’s year, Julian Thorne – shout-out to Julian – he was driving to Milton Keynes to see Bowie and he said, ‘Do you want me to get you a ticket?’ It was a lot of money at the time – it was £20. The gig was extraordinary.”

The song I can’t get out of my head

Andrea True Connection – ‘More, More, More’

“Whenever I’m on a film shoot, I find myself singing this. It always makes the director of photography laugh because at any point I’ll start going, ‘More, more, more…’ Also – fun fact – the lead singer was a porn star and the middle eight of it is sampled in ‘Steal My Sunshine’ by Len. It’s an earworm.”

The song I do at karaoke

The Knack – ‘My Sharona’

“‘My Sharona’ is quite an easy one to do because the lyrics are quite repetitive and you can put a lot of energy into it. The one I would like to do is ‘Love Is The Drug’ by Roxy Music because the lyrics in that are just too good. And while doing a Bryan Ferry impersonation the lyrics are particularly great. Me and Jon Hamm are both obsessed by that song and we both sing parts of it. It’s a phenomenal song.”

The film soundtrack I most proud of

Baby Driver

“I’m extremely proud of it because it’s such an ambitious and expansive effort – it’s got 35 songs. I’m also quite proud of the Scott Pilgrim soundtrack because on that one we had a load of original songs – we had such a dream list of collaborators, all of whom I would work with again in a heartbeat.”

The song that changed my life

Queen – ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’

“It was a song I always loved and so it made me very happy that I was able to include it in Shaun Of The Dead, and the success of the movie changed my life.”

The song I want played at my funeral

Paul Williams – ‘Give A Little Love’

“This is from Bugsy Malone – it’s the song that ends the film after they’ve had a pie fight and they all come together. It’s about making up. Maybe if it was played at my funeral everybody would have a pie fight and I would really like people to have a pie fight at my wake.”

Baby Driver is out now on DVD

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