Trainspotting #2

CD Cover Various Artists

Review by Darren Gawle

Yes, you can actually judge a book by its cover. This is the people who brought you Trainspotting trying to milk every last penny out of the film and its associated soundtrack. Some of the music here -- Heaven 17's "Temptation," Sleeper's "Statuesque" and Ice MC's "Think About the Way" -- actually did appear in the film. Most of it, though, seems to have been added to flesh out a collection of residual odds and ends (the "Habanera" from Carmen, for example), with dubious justifications included in the liner notes. Apparently author Irvine Welsh had Goldie's "Inner City Life" included here because he felt that's what the Trainspotting characters would be listening to these days. I don't give a shit, really, good though the track is. Trainspotting #2 is a marketing ploy so transparent that I'm really not inspired to say anything more on the subject. Yawn...

First published in Drop-D Magazine on November 22, 1997

Index | Search | E-mail | Info | Copyright

Considering copying some of the images from this story?
Please read this first. Thanks.