The Bodyguard may be the biggest selling soundtrack of all time, but the original Trainspotting OST is arguably the coolest, an inspired blend of iconic faves (Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Brian Eno) and Cool Britannia (Blur, Pulp, Leftfield).
The soundtrack to the belated sequel wisely follows a similar template and even tips its hat to the original by book-ending the album with two reworked songs from the first movie: a brutish Prodigy remix of Iggy’s Lust For Life opens proceedings, while Underworld [header image] bring the record to a close with a steely retuning of their anthem Born Slippy. The British dance veterans also provide the album’s most moving moment, Eventually But, which features one of the film’s stars Ewen Bremner (Spud).
Of the newer artists, there are previously unreleased tracks from High Contrast – the sardonic electro glam of Shotgun Mouthwash is one of the album’s highlights – and Young Fathers (Only God Knows), plus spiky contributions from Wolf Alice and Fat White Family. Could have done without Queen and Jason Nevins, but you can never go wrong with The Clash – represented here by (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais – while Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Relax and Blondie’s Dreaming sound as vital and thrilling as ever.
Trainspotting 2 – OST is out now via Universal.