Monday, November 07, 2005
"Thumbsucker" is a coming-of-age story about a 17-year-old boy who can't kick the habit of sucking his thumb. I still haven't seen the movie but hey, if the soundtrack is any indication, this is going to be a masterpiece. The score for the film was penned by Tim DeLaughter of The Polyphonic Spree, and the band's entire vocal ensemble appears on many of the songs. After seeing the Spree play live, director Mike Mills was inspired to carry on through some hard times he was experiencing during the editing process. He claims that in some ways the band's uplifting music actually saved the movie. (Having Delaughter later agree to write the soundtrack was just the icing on the cake.) The soundtrack also features a few songs from the late Elliott Smith, including a cover of Cat Stevens' "Trouble", believed to be one of the last recordings he ever did.