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The 20 Soundtracks That Defined The 1990s
The first rule of defining the greatest soundtracks of the 90s...

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Trainspotting (1996)

 


Trainspotting
Composer: Various Artists
It’s remembered for Born Slippy [see sidebar], but Danny Boyle’s counter-culture classic is a veritable Wurlitzer of acid house, Britpop and iconic rock. If it had been a house party, it would have found Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry rubbing shoulders with Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn, the pumping electronica of Leftfield, Underworld and John Digweed’s Bedrock pissing off the neighbours, and Underworld’s Karl Hyde barking his lunatic poetry in a kitchen full of ravers. Like the film, it didn’t so much capture the zeitgeist as frog-march it down Princes Street at the point of a bayonet – not for nothing did it become a staple in four million CD collections and spawn a sequel. One day, the film may follow suit.

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21 Yes, but...
These aren't designed as 'Greatest-of' lists or even compendiums of the scores we love the most. Without being all highfaluting, the aim is to try to capture a moment in time - in movies and popular culture - and like them or not, The Bodyguard and Titanic soundtracks were HUGE. They sold more than 70m copies between them, dominated radio playlists and came attached to two huge hits. More

Posted by Phil de Semlyen on Monday May 13, 2013, 13:42

22 What a predictably boring selection for the 90's!
You left out some of the best soundtracks: Léon; The Straight Story; Se7en; The Thin Red Line; Grosse Pointe Blank; Cruel Intensions; Human Traffic; The Virgin Suicides; Kikujiro and instead you include Bodyguard and Titanic!? More

Posted by The_Ravenking on Monday May 13, 2013, 12:20

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