Various Artists – Trainspotting (20th Anniversary)

The long-out-of-print Trainspotting soundtrack has been reissued on orange 180g vinyl. John Earls reports…



Two key moments in Trainspotting are soundtracked by its older songs – Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life undercutting Ewan McGregor’s ‘Choose life’ speech and Lou Reed’s Perfect Day accompanying his heroin injection. But it’s also the ultimate Britpop soundtrack, with director Danny Boyle convincing most of the era’s big hitters to contribute. Pulp supplied the jaunty Mile End, Blur donated old single Sing as well as Damon Albarn’s new solo effort Closet Romantic and Sleeper thought they could do a better job of Atomic than Blondie. Most of the new songs, Pulp apart, don’t stand up, but Boyle did a magnificent job of rescuing Underworld’s Born Slippy and effectively kickstarting Underworld’s career. But Elastica, Bedrock and Leftfield’s contributions add little, while New Order’s Temptation was already a hackneyed compilation favourite by 1996.

For its 20th anniversary, Warner replicate the original, long-out-of-print vinyl packaging. The initial run is available on orange vinyl. Usual 180gm heavyweight vinyl and download codes apply.