Trainspotting (Soundtrack): Tipstor® Pick

Summary: The first of two Trainspotting discs is a prime example of the contemporary rock soundtrack, functioning as a useful keepsake of the 1996 British film smash and as a cohesive, eclectic listen in its own right. Iggy Pop’s booming, Bowie-produced 1977 anthem “Lust for Life” sets the boisterously ambivalent mood for a transatlantic, trans-generational cross-section of alt-rock.

New Order’s seminal 1982 dance hit “Temptation” and Lou Reed’s hauntingly bittersweet 1972 tune “Perfect Day” shares space with tracks by such esteemed mid-1990s Brit-popsters as Blur (whose frontman Damon Albarn also contributes a solo number), Pulp, Elastica and Sleeper. Elsewhere, the album dips into dance rhythms (Underworld, Bedrock featuring KYO) and ambient grooves (Brian Eno Leftfield, and Primal Scream’s ten-and-a-half-minute title song) without breaking the spell.

Album: Trainspotting Soundtrack

Artist: Various Artists

Label: Parlophone

REVIEW

Trainspotting did for Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life” what Wayne’s World did for “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The strutting, bumptious, joyously sordid song — and the album to which it lent its name — was nearly 20 years old in 1996. Meanwhile, Iggy himself had long been regarded as a punk godfather better abstractedly revered than actually enjoyed. The original Trainspotting soundtrack holds up even better than the movie.

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