T2 Trainspotting is soon to be released, letting fans of Danny Boyle’s cult classic catch up with Renton, Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie, 20 years after Trainspotting first introduced us to the bunch of heroin addicts. With Boyle once again returning to direct the original ensemble cast, T2 Trainspotting‘s plot is pretty much under wraps. We do know, however, that the movie is based loosely on Irvine Welsh’s follow up novel, Porno, and that Sick Boy wants Renton’s help (or more importantly, his money) for a new project. Begbie is also back on the scene after serving time in jail, and he wants his revenge on the gang for stealing drug money from him.
Previously released featurettes have brought us up to speed with where some of the characters are at in their lives- though we haven’t had Begbie’s featurette yet. Sick Boy is still a wheeler-dealer, Spud has returned to his junkie habits, but Renton, to coin a phrase, chose life. Fans of Trainspotting will recall with fondness the now iconic ‘Choose Life’ monologue that Renton recites in the original movie, and a new, updated version made its debut in the T2 trailer. In the trailer, the monologue played over the top of Underworld’s “Born Slippy,” and it is perhaps little wonder that a new version of the song has been chosen to feature on the T2 Trainspotting soundtrack.
The full track listing for the T2 Trainspotting soundtrack (via Pitchfork) can be found below:
1: Iggy Pop: “Lust for Life (The Prodigy Remix)”
2: High Contrast: “Shotgun Mouthwash”
3: Wolf Alice: “Silk”
4: Young Fathers: “Get Up”
5: Frankie Goes to Hollywood: “Relax”
6: Underworld /Ewen Bremner: “Eventually But”
7: Young Fathers: “Only God Knows”
8: The Rubberbandits: “Dad’s Best Friend”
9: Blondie: “Dreaming”
10: Queen: “Radio Ga Ga”
11: Run D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevis: “It’s Like That”
12: The Clash: “(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais”
13: Young Fathers: “Rain or Shine”
14: Fat White Family: “Whitest Boy on the Beach”
15: Underworld: “Slow Slippy”
As well as “Slow Slippy”, a few other notable tracks stand out in the listing. The first is “Eventually But”, also by Underworld, which has Ewen Bremner listed as a performer. It could be just a sample of his dialogue from the movie, of course, or maybe Spud has been given a monologue of his own. Iggy Pop also features again, with “Lust for Life”, a song many instantly associate with the Trainspotting scene of Renton and Spud running away after shoplifting. Once again, Blondie are included in the listing, after their “Atomic” was used in Trainspotting. Their track, “Dreaming” will be recognizable to many, as will Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga”, and Run D.M.C’s “It’s Like That”.
Where and how all these tracks will fit into the actual movie, remains to be seen, but the soundtrack played a strong part in Trainspotting, and we can expect it to in T2, as well. After such a long gap between the first movie and its sequel, it seems only fitting that T2 pays an homage of sorts to Trainspotting by revisiting the Iggy Pop and Underworld tracks that have become so associated with the Trainspotting world.