T2: Trainspotting [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

T2: Trainspotting [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]


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Alongside albums like Blur's Parklife, Massive Attack's Blue Lines, Pulp's Different Class, Portishead's Dummy, and Radiohead's OK Computer, the original Trainspotting soundtrack stands firmly as one of the era-defining records of the '90s. British culture was experiencing a real boom at the time with the establishment-baiting work of Young British Artists like Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst, the rise of influential designers like John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, and the advent of Brit-pop. All of which led to a swath of self-congratulatory headlines declaring the return and rise of "Cool Britannia." In addition to Danny Boyle's blistering film, the Trainspotting soundtrack seemed to distill a great deal of what made the '90s such a thrilling decade. The heroin chic aesthetic (troublingly popular at the time) was matched by a track listing that resurrected masters of the past while celebrating contemporary rave culture and guitar music. It wasn't just the soundtrack to a film; it was the soundtrack to the hedonism of the final chapter of the 20th century. Arguably, the cultural homogeneousness of the '90s has now been replaced with a more fractured yet nonetheless liberating range in culture. So how have the filmmakers attempted to reconcile the essence of the original with a very different modern landscape? Quite simply, they haven't. The track listing mirrors the original in that it's bookended by Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life" and an alternate take on Underworld's "Born Slippy." The Prodigy's remix of Pop's track isn't a radical departure, and its muscular maximalism undermines the playful sass of the original, and Underworld's sardonically titled "Slow Slippy" is a plodding nod to the original's youthful vim and vigor. Undoubtedly, these reworkings are a deliberate gesture to signal the 20-year gap that now finds our heroes in middle age. The soundtrack also apes the original in its use of older material, although compared to Lou Reed and New Order, it uses more established pop-bangers like Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax" and Queen's "Radio Ga Ga." Being the filmmaker that he is, Danny Boyle was never going to allow the music to be entirely nostalgic, and one of his most inspired contemporary picks is Fat White Family, who lend their sleazy, ramshackle psych-punk to the affair with "Whitest Boy on the Beach," a perfect fit for the amoral escapades of a bunch of heroin addicts. Grunge simulators Wolf Alice are also pitched perfectly, providing one of the quieter moments on the record with the excellent "Silk," and Irish comedy hip-hop duo Rubberbandits' "Dad's Best Friend" humorously encapsulates the pathetic nature of middle-age hedonism. But the stars of the show are Young Fathers. Their thrilling, visceral, experimental hip-hop feels, appropriately, like the wheels could fall off at any moment, as both the previously released "Get Up" and "Rise or Shine" attest -- added to which they contribute the excellent new track "Only God Knows," which is as energized and emotionally invested as anything they've produced. So does it capture the Zeitgeist again? Probably not, but it is likely to authentically reignite memories of more wild and youthful times for a certain generation. ~ Bekki Bemrose

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2017
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602557379419
catalogNumber: 002637702
Rank: 62517

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Freddie Mercury   Synthesizer,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ellie Greenwich   Background Vocals
Brian May   Synthesizer,Guitar,Background Vocals
Roger Taylor   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
John Deacon   Synthesizer,Bass Guitar
Fred Mandel   Synthesizer
Mike Crossey   Synthesizer
Lincoln Barrett   Keyboards
Rick Smith   Keyboards
Jonathan Oddie   Guitar
Ellen Rowsell   Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Joel Amey   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Theodore Ellis   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Ewen Bremner   Spoken Word
J. Cuff   Vocals
P. Cuff   Vocals
Chrome   Vocals

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer,Producer
Clash   Producer
Debbie Harry   Composer
Iggy Pop   Composer,Producer
Joe Strummer   Composer
Holly Johnson   Composer
Roger Taylor   Composer
Michael Beiriger   Engineer
Peter Gill   Composer
Richard Gottehrer   Producer
Topper Headon   Composer
Trevor Horn   Producer
Karl Hyde   Composer
Mick Jones   Composer
Fred Mandel   Programming
Darryl McDaniels   Composer
Mark O'Toole   Composer
Russell Simmons   Producer
Paul Simonon   Composer
Chris Stein   Composer
Graham Hastings   Composer,Producer
Timothy Brinkhurst   Composer
Jason Nevins   Remixing
Danny Boyle   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Kevin Bartley   Digital Remastering Engineer
High Contrast   Producer
Joseph Simmons   Composer
Lawrence Smith   Composer
Mike Crossey   Programming,Producer
Larry Smith   Producer
Lincoln Barrett   Composer,Producer
Jonathan Gilmore   Engineer
Rick Smith   Composer,Producer
Michael Chapman   Producer
Rubberbandits   Composer
Lias Saudi   Composer
Saul Adamczewski   Composer
Jonathan Oddie   Composer
Ellen Rowsell   Composer,Programming
Joel Amey   Composer
Theodore Ellis   Composer
Dave Sitek   Producer
Kayus Bankole   Composer
Alloysious Massaquoi   Composer
Liam H. Prodigy   Remixing

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