Oasis snubbed Trainspotting soundtrack because Noel thought it was about actual trainspotters

Director Danny Boyle’s 1996 classic ‘Trainspotting’ is famed for many things, including its seminal soundtrack.

Underworld’s 'Born Slippy’ and Iggy Pop’s 'Lust For Life’ might have been joined by the work of Britpop legends Oasis too, if the Gallaghers had actually known what the film was about.


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In a recent Q&A (via the Edinburgh Evening News) costume designer Rachel Fleming recalled a meeting with Oasis songwriter Noel Gallagher.

She said: “I met Noel at a thing the other week and he said to me ‘I would have done something but honestly I thought it was about train spotters. I didn’t know’. That’s what he actually said.”

In the absence of Oasis, the 'Trainspotting’ soundtrack was hardly short on Britpop pioneers. Blur’s 'Sing’ appeared on the tracklist, as did frontman Damon Albarn’s 'Cloest Romantic’ and Pulp’s 'Mile End’.

'Trainspotting’ was released in 1996, right at the height of the band’s immense, world-conquering popularity.

Had the Manchester band contirbuted to the soundtrack, it could have included a track from ’(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’, which was released the year prior.

Ships (or rather, trains) passing in the nights and all that. Still, it’s safe to say both the band the film enjoyed sizable success regardless.

Danny Boyle is currently in post-production on 'T2: Trainspotting 2’, which is set to be released on 27 January 2017. Oasis meanwhile split in 2009, but are the subject of documentary 'Supersonic’, which is currently in select cinemas.

Picture Credits: Film4 / WENN