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Sigur Rós’s Music in New Clive Owen Movie

Seven songs by Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, in addition to one song from Riceboy Sleeps, a side-project of the band’s front man, Jónsi, will be included in the British movie The Boys Are Back starring Clive Owen.

Sigur Rós.

According to, the members of Sigur Rós agreed to permit the movie’s director, Scott Hicks, to use their music after having watched it themselves.

“Initially, I used their songs as a temporary score, but it was working so perfectly that I decided to approach the band directly to see if we could licence the music. I was forewarned that they were extremely picky about what they would allow their music to be used for, but I went to Iceland to screen for them and they simply loved the film,” Hicks said.

“Georg, the bass player, said, ‘There is an Icelandic word which I can’t translate which perfectly describes the experience of seeing this film.’ I said, ‘Well have a try’ and he said, ‘The word means you feel better for being alive having seen this film’ which I found was a profoundly moving thing to say,” the director added.

Sigur Rós’s music was also used for the 2001 American psychological thriller Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise, which helped raise the band’s profile, reports.

The Boys Are Back is scheduled to premiere next year.

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