Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA[2]
The Guardian[5]
Q[6]

The Trainspotting soundtracks are two soundtrack albums released following the film adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel of the same name.

The first album was released in February 1996 in the UK and 9 July 1996 in the US. The comparatively huge fanbase for both the film and the original soundtrack prompted a release of a second soundtrack on 21 October 1997. This second album included songs from the film that did not make the cut for the first album, as well as songs that did not appear in the final film but were involved at earlier stages or were used as inspiration by the filmmakers, and one duplicate song. The popularity of the first volume led EMI to reissue and continue to press it from 16 June 2003.[not verified in body]

In 2007 the editors of Vanity Fair magazine ranked the original Trainspotting soundtrack as the 7th best motion picture soundtrack in history.[7] It was ranked #17 on Entertainment Weekly's 100 Best Movie Soundtracks.[8]

Track listing

Trainspotting: Music from the Motion Picture

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Lust for Life" (Iggy Pop)Bewlay Bros.5:11
2."Deep Blue Day" (Brian Eno)
  • Eno
  • Lanois
3:56
3."Trainspotting" (Primal Scream)Andrew Weatherall10:33
4."Atomic" (Sleeper)Stephen Street5:08
5."Temptation" (New Order)New Order6:59
6."Nightclubbing" (Pop)
  • Bowie
  • Pop
Bowie4:12
7."Sing" (Blur)Blur6:00
8."Perfect Day" (Lou Reed)Reed3:43
9."Mile End" (Pulp)Chris Thomas4:30
10."For What You Dream Of (Full On Renaissance Mix)" (Bedrock featuring KYO)
  • Digweed
  • Muir
6:24
11."2:1" (Elastica)
  • Marc Waterman
  • Elastica
2:32
12."A Final Hit" (Leftfield)
  • Neil Barnes
  • Paul Daley
Leftfield3:15
13."Born Slippy Nuxx" (Underworld)9:43
14."Closet Romantic" (Albarn)AlbarnStreet3:06
Total length:75:27
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[9]
Music Week[10]

Certifications

RegionCertificationCertified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[11]Gold35,000^
Belgium (BEA)[12]Gold25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[13]Platinum100,000^
France (SNEP)[14]2× Gold200,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[15]Platinum15,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[16]Gold50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[17]3× Platinum900,000^
United States (RIAA)[18]Gold500,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[19]Platinum1,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Trainspotting #2: Music from the Motion Picture, Vol. #2

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Choose Life" (PF Project featuring Ewan McGregor)
  • Jamie White
  • Moose
PF Project7:48
2."The Passenger" (Iggy Pop)Bewlay Bros.4:38
3."Dark & Long (Dark Train Mix)" (Underworld)
  • Smith
  • Hyde
  • Emerson
9:54
4."Habanera from Carmen"Georges Bizet 2:07
5."Statuesque" (Sleeper)Louise WenerStephen Street3:21
6."Golden Years" (David Bowie)Bowie3:59
7."Think About the Way" (Ice MC)Roberto ZanettiRobyx4:19
8."A Final Hit (Full Length Version)" (Leftfield)
  • Neil Barnes
  • Paul Daley
Leftfield4:55
9."Temptation" (Heaven 17)
3:03
10."Nightclubbing (Baby Doc Remix)" (Pop)
  • Bowie
  • Pop
Bowie5:50
11."Our Lips Are Sealed" (Fun Boy Three)2:51
12."Come Together" (Primal Scream)Andrew Weatherall4:55
13."Atmosphere" (Joy Division)Martin Hannett4:07
14."Inner City Life" (Goldie)Goldie5:45
15."Born Slippy Nuxx (Darren Prince Mix)" (Underworld)
  • Smith
  • Hyde
  • Smith
  • Hyde
  • Emerson
6:29
Total length:71:56

Certifications

RegionCertificationCertified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[20]Silver60,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Recognition

  • 2001: Ranked #17 on Entertainment Weekly's 100 Best Movie Soundtracks.[8]
  • 2007: Editors of Vanity Fair magazine ranked the original Trainspotting soundtrack as the 7th best motion picture soundtrack in history.[7]
  • 2013: Ranked #13 in Rolling Stone's "The 25 Greatest Soundtracks of All Time"[21]

Complete film soundtrack

The following is a complete list of songs that appear in the film Trainspotting in order of appearance:

  1. "Lust for Life" – Iggy Pop
  2. "Carmen Suite No.2" – Georges Bizet
  3. "Deep Blue Day" – Brian Eno
  4. "Trainspotting" – Primal Scream
  5. "Temptation"^ – Heaven 17
  6. "Atomic" – Sleeper
  7. "Temptation"^ – New Order
  8. "Nightclubbing" – Iggy Pop
  9. "Sing" – Blur
  10. "Perfect Day" – Lou Reed
  11. "Dark and Long (Dark Train)" – Underworld
  12. "Think About the Way" – Ice MC
  13. "Mile End" – Pulp
  14. "For What You Dream Of" (Full On Renaissance Mix) – Bedrock featuring KYO
  15. "2:1" – Elastica
  16. "Herzlich Tut Mich Verlangen" – Gábor Lehotka
  17. "A Final Hit" – Leftfield
  18. "Statuesque" – Sleeper
  19. "Born Slippy .NUXX" – Underworld
  20. "Closet Romantic" – Damon Albarn

^Two songs titled 'Temptation' feature in the movie and soundtracks 1 & 2, however they are completely different songs.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Trainspotting [Original Soundtrack]". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  2. ^ a b Entertainment Weekly (7/26/96, pp.52–54)
  3. ^ Welsh, April Claire (1 October 2015). "How The Trainspotting Soundtrack Gave Us A Perfect Snapshot Of 1996 Music". NME. Archived from the original on 11 October 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  4. ^ Glazer, Joshua (25 March 2016). "How 'Trainspotting' Made America Realize that Electronic Music Matters Just as Much as Rock". Vice. Archived from the original on 10 September 2021. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  5. ^ Sweeting, Adam (23 February 1996). "Music: This week's pop CD releases". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Collins, Andrew (March 1996). "Trainspotting". Q: 103.
  7. ^ a b "CBC". Cbc.ca. 24 October 2007. Archived from the original on 5 May 2021. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  8. ^ a b Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.30) – Ranked #17 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks"
  9. ^ Bush, John. "Trainspotting, Vol. 2 – Original Soundtrack". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 6 October 2021. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Reviews: Albums" (PDF). Music Week. 6 September 1997. p. 49. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  11. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1996 Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 1996". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Various Artists – Trainspotting". Music Canada. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  14. ^ "French album certifications – B.O.F. – Transpotting" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  15. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Various – Trainspotting". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  16. ^ Salaverrie, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (PDF) (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Madrid: Fundación Autor/SGAE. p. 944. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. Archived (PDF) from the original on 21 December 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  17. ^ "British album certifications – Original Soundtrack – Trainspotting". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Soundtrack – Trainspotting". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  19. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 1999". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Various – Trainspotting". British Phonographic Industry.
  21. ^ "13. 'Trainspotting' (1996) Archived 30 September 2017 at the Wayback Machine". Rolling Stone (magazine), 29 August 2013. Accessed 2 October 2017

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