Two key moments in Trainspotting are soundtracked by its older songs – Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life undercutting Ewan McGregor’s ‘Choose life’ speech and Lou Reed’s Perfect Day. But it’s also the ultimate Britpop soundtrack, with director Danny Boyle convincing most of the era’s big hitters to contribute. Pulp supplied the jaunty Mile End, Blur donated old single Sing as well as Damon Albarn’s new solo effort Closet Romantic and Sleeper thought they could do a better job of Atomic than Blondie.
Most of the new songs, Pulp apart, don’t stand up, but Boyle did a magnificent job of rescuing Underworld’s Born Slippy and effectively kickstarting Underworld’s career. But Elastica, Bedrock and Leftfield’s contributions add little, while New Order’s Temptation was already a hackneyed compilation favourite by 1996.
For its 20th anniversary, Warner replicate the original, long-out-of-print vinyl packaging. The initial run is available on orange vinyl. Usual 180gm heavyweight vinyl and download codes apply.
One of my favorite movie soundtracks!
Iggy Pop – Lust For Life
Brian Eno – Deep Blue Day
Primal Scream – Trainspotting
Sleeper – Atomic
New Order – Temptation
Iggy Pop – Nightclubbing
Blur – Sing
Lou Reed – Perfect Day
Pulp – Mile End
Bedrock – For What You Dream of (feat. KYO) [Full On Renaissance Mix]
Elastica – 2:1
Leftfield – A Final Hit
Underworld – Born Slippy (NUXX)
Damon Albarn – Closet Romantic