Thumbsucker is the soundtrack to the film of the same name, directed by Mike Mills. Mills was originally working with Elliot Smith to write the soundtrack, but only three songs were recorded before Smith's untimely death. The soundtrack was left untouched until Mills went to a Spree show. The optimisim and positivity it gave him prompted him to contact Tim DeLaughter regarding the unfinished soundtrack. Mills is of the opinion that the band "saved Thumbsucker."

It is of note that this is not a release by The Polyphonic Spree, but neither is it a Tim DeLaughter solo album. Although the majority of songwriting, composition and performance is done by Tim, he has help from a variety of band members. The final song, Move Away and Shine (In a Dream version), can probably be considered a Polyphonic Spree song.

The beginning of this movie credits the entire band with the songs, but individual members are named in the end credits. The entire band plays the songs at live shows in 2005.

US Release



  • Released: September 13, 2005
  • Record Label: Good Records Recordings / Hollywood Records
  • Country: United States


  1. The Crash
  2. Scream & Shout
  3. Slow Halls
  4. What Would You Let Go
  5. Empty Rooms
  6. Wonderful For You
  7. The Rebecca Fantasy
  8. Thirteen (Elliot Smith)
  9. Pink Trash Dream
  10. The Green Lights
  11. Debate Montage (Compliments of Tripping Daisy)
  12. Trouble (Elliot Smith)
  13. Skinny Dip
  14. Sourness Makes It Right (Compliments of Tripping Daisy)
  15. Some of the Parts
  16. Matt Schraam
  17. Let's Get Lost (Elliot Smith)
  18. Justin's Hypnosis
  19. The Call of the Wild
  20. Wait and See
  21. Move Away and Shine
  22. Acceptance
  23. Move Away and Shine (In a Dream version)