Release Date: Feb 3, 2017
Record label: Polydor
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Soundtracks, Stage & Screen, Rave
"Nostalgia: that's why you're here. You're a tourist in your own youth." When Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) sneers this midway through T2 Trainspotting--his bleached-blond tufts thinner since we last saw him, his pretty brooding more intractably carved at the temples--he's lashing out at his estranged mate Renton (Ewan McGregor) and the two grim decades that have passed since they parted. He's gazing ruefully across the same desolate, outer-Edinburgh moors that mirrored their youths in the original Trainspotting, where they bemoaned their lots as needle-pocked nihilists, subpar grifters, and residents of Scotland (not necessarily in that order).
Updating the storyline for a film as seminal as Trainspotting in time for its 20-year anniversary was always going to be something of a tall order for Danny Boyle and co, and the curation of its soundtrack (which had previously gained a legendary status back in 1996), would be no exception. In true Trainspotting fashion, the accompanying soundtrack to the T2 sequel nestles between some of the breakthrough singles of yesteryear and a painstaking selection of talents from the present day. An effortless blending and renewed celebration of genres like punk, new wave, techno and hip-hop is all made possible with the inclusion of long time Trainspotting favourites Iggy Pop, Blondie and Underworld and extra additions in Queen, The Clash, Run DMC and Frankie Goes To Hollywood.