When Brit Pop was at it's absolute zen in the mid 1990s, Danny Boyle came along with a film that blew everyone away via Trainspotting. With a soundtrack that boasted some of the biggest underground and mainstream names in the U.K. at the time with New Order, Primal Scream, Brian Eno, Sleeper and Iggy Pop (on two tracks), the movie transcended the industry to represent a culture at large.
Now 21 years later, the band is back again for T2 Trainspotting on February 2, 2017. While the actual flick is one thing, many were holding out for a soundtrack that matched the star power on screen. While there is the odd addition that will delight, the remixes of two classics will do little to invigorate the newcomers.
T2 Trainspotting Soundtrack:
1. Iggy Pop – ‘Lust for Life’ (The Prodigy Remix)
2. High Contrast – ‘Shotgun Mouthwash’
3. Wolf Alice – ‘Silk’
4. Young Fathers – ‘Get Up’
5. Frankie Goes to Hollywood – ‘Relax’
6. Underworld /Ewen Bremner – ‘Eventually But (Spud’s Letter to Gail)’
7. Young Fathers – ‘Only God Knows’
8. The Rubberbandits – ‘Dad’s Best Friend’
9. Blondie – ‘Dreaming’
10. Queen – ‘Radio Ga Ga’
11. Run D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevis – ‘It’s Like That’
12. The Clash – ‘(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais’
13. Young Fathers – ‘Rain or Shine’
14. Fat White Family – ‘Whitest Boy on the Beach’
15. Underworld – ‘Slow Slippy’
Ewan Had Self Doubt Over Own Identity
Sitting down with with The Guardian, Ewan McGregor said that reality was stranger than fiction as his character for the sequel returned to his roots. Now living in a grand Los Angeles home, the actor had come a long way since the 1996 cult hit made waves.
“I felt like Renton (character), going back,” McGregor explained. “I had these feelings like, ‘S***! I haven’t lived in Scotland since I was 17!’ I moved to London to go to drama school, and I go home every year, because my parents are there, and my brother and his family, and I love it, but I haven’t lived there, and… Of all the characters I’ve played who’ve been Scots, Renton is the most Scottish of them all. And I suddenly thought, ‘F***! What if I can’t do it? What if I’m not Scottish enough any more?’”
Book Didn't Give McGregor Much Confidence
Irvine Welsh's novel Porno was the follow up to Trainspotting and McGregor admitted that story prevented him from wanting to do a sequel.
“I wasn’t touched by it in the same way, and I didn’t want anything to tarnish the film," said McGregor. "No one wants to make a shite sequel. Trainspotting was the Oasis of the film world, something quite amazing.”
The trailer is a promising start and hopefully for Ewan's sake, Boyle has made one or two alterations to Welsh's narrative that might have failed to deliver what many will be privately hoping for, or expecting in other cases.