Trainspotting is known for its bleak depiction of heroin use but its four protagonists – Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud – actually do scores of different drugs from the onset of the film. If you are familiar with Irving Welsh’s other novels, you’ll know to expect hard to understand Scottish dialect, plenty of depraved criminal acts and raves every weekend. Ecstasy (MDMA, Molly, X) features in Renton and Sick Boy’s Big Night Out to a nightclub in Glasgow’s West End which results in Renton going home with the brilliantly eviscerating Diane. Have you listened to the Trainspotting soundtrack lately?
Trainspotting has gone down in rave history thanks to its anti-establishment narrative. That famous monologue that opens and closes the film is backed by ‘Born Slippy (Nuxx)’. The soundtrack also features Underworld, Leftfield, New Order and Primal Scream and the way it arrived smack bang in the middle of dance music’s 90s heyday.