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


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.