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Trainspotting Soundtrack

Telling the story of four drug addicts in Scotland, Danny Boyle’s tri-Oscar nominated adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel, Trainspotting cemented him as one of the leading contemporary British directors. The soundtrack consists of an eclectic, but complimentary cast of British artists, ranging from the pop of Blur to the ambience of Brian Eno and much in between.

Despite the musical differences, each track succeeds in creating a bleak mood with a sense of an almost naïve hope that everything will work out eventually, fitting the film to a T. The switch from proto-punk hit “Lust for Life” to “Deep Blue Day”’s subtle electronics defines this soundtrack perfectly for all the atmosphere of the songs as well as their juxtaposition.

If you are looking to smile in remembrance of the ironic use of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” or just listen to a wide-ranging compilation of excellent music, Trainspotting‘s soundtrack delivers and stands strong independent of the film.

Sountrack Listing (recommended tracks are highlighted)

  1. “Lust for Life” – Iggy Pop
  2. Carmen Suite No.2” – Georges Bizet
  3. “Deep Blue Day” – Brian Eno
  4. “Trainspotting” – Primal Scream
  5. “Temptation” – Heaven 17
  6. “Atomic” – Sleeper
  7. “Temptation” – New Order
  8. “Atomic” – Blondie
  9. “Nightclubbing” – Iggy Pop
  10. “Sing” – Blur
  11. “Perfect Day” – Lou Reed
  12. “Dark and Long (Dark Train)” – Underworld
  13. “Think About the Way” – Frisco Vs. Ice MC
  14. “Mile End” – Pulp
  15. “For What You Dream Of” (Full-on Renaissance Mix) – Bedrock featuring KYO
  16. “2:1” – Elastica
  17. “Herzlich Tut Mich Verlangen” – Gabor Lehotka
  18. “Two Little Boys” – Ewen Bremner
  19. “A Final Hit” – Leftfield
  20. “Statuesque” – Sleeper
  21. “Born Slippy .NUXX” – Underworld
  22. “Closet Romantic” – Damon Albarn