Who would have thought a film about 4 Scottish smackheads that want nothing more in life than heroin, sex and money would be one of the most iconic British films of all time? But you know, the British public voted for a dog to win Britain’s Got Talent, twice. The film explores loyalty, addiction and how easy it is to get lost in the moment whilst showing the audience everything they shouldn’t be in life and that’s Scottish… The film was inspirational and Danny Boyle pulled a rabbit out the hat with every aspect – especially the soundtrack.

Songs from the likes of Iggy Pop, New Order, Blur and Underworld scream to listeners before they even watch the film/listen to the soundtrack. Allowing the listener to know that it is a British film filled to the rafters with as much Britpop and techno as mum’s car when travelling to Skeggy for the dreaded family holiday for the 8th year running. It’s blatant that it’s going to be the dogs bollocks and it certainly was.

The first film and soundtrack were both untouchable so when Danny Boyle confirmed that T2 was happening it made people wonder, how’s he going to create a sequel 20 years on with Obi Wan Kenobi and a “Hot Stuff” stripper from Sheffield and make it still work? It’s like when your Dad manages to make beans on toast without setting the kitchen on fire, somehow he did it. T2 was incredible, the storyline was perfect and the characters hadn’t changed a bit (apart from their age) it was admirable. But the purpose of this isn’t to try and talk you into watching T2, it’s to try and talk you into listening to the soundtrack – and maybe watch T2.

The first soundtrack was a masterpiece, only Danny Boyle would be brave enough to put Blur and Pulp in the same film soundtrack and make it work so T2 had a lot to live up to.

One of the most memorable songs to come out of Trainspotting was Choose Life by PF Project featuring Ewan McGregor. Back in 1996 it was very relatable to the audience

“Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family, Choose a fucking big television, Choose washing machines, cars…”

So when T2 came back around it was only right for them to recreate it – and they smashed it out the park. They made T2 so modern, so relatable, everything about it made you feel like you could hop on a train to Edinburgh and just bump into Sickboy and Renton down the pub.

“Choose life. Choose Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, hoping that someone, somewhere cares”

Realistic, honest and relatable. Perfect way to move the film forward 20 years without making it just seem like a desperate sequel to get a bit of money in Boyle’s back-pocket.

The T2 soundtrack contains a variety of music from different decades. We have songs about love and helplessness from Wolf Alice, drug issues from Scottish Hip-Hop/Pop group Young Fathers and then all of a sudden a bit of Queen and Blondie make an appearance – those guilty pleasures Mom accidentally catches you singing in the kitchen when she’s left Radio 2 on.

The soundtrack is made for Trainspotting fans – of all ages. Not just the “originals” and they haven’t completely reshaped the sound of the film by only playing new music. The music is for the fans of all ages and it’s blatant with the correct balance between old and new. The unforgettable “Born Slippy” by Underworld makes a re-appearance as does Iggy Pop’s “Lust For Life” but with a little remix from the Prodigy helping to kick it’s arse into this side of the millennium.

The soundtracks of both Trainspotting and T2 tell the story of the film through the song choices.

The official soundtrack for T2 is definitely worth a purchase. Trainspotting and T2 were made to be real, relatable and to make us realize how other people live and the soundtracks to the films, and the films themselves make this possible.

It teaches you that no matter how old you are, if you’re Scottish – you’ll always be a heroin addict deep down… jokes. It’s all about life, the choices you make, the friends you make – and how you treat them. The biggest lesson though is that if you run off to Amsterdam with £16K that you’ve stolen from your mates, they won’t be happy to see you again, even if you’ve hoped they’d forget after 20 years.

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