Danny Boyle’s Greatest HitsFrom 'Trainspotting' to the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony
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Iggy Pop, 'Lust for Life' ('Trainspotting,' 1996)
Boyle's 1996 breakthrough about Scottish junkies opens with a messy, thumping blast of Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life." "There's actually an amazing scene in the [Irvine Welsh] novel where they go to watch Iggy in concert," says Boyle. "And they have that moment where you're there and he looks straight at you. We've all had that. And it begins with that because the book was written over many years, and you can feel the hinterland of music changing behind it. We wanted the soundscape of the film to feel like it was covering these eras. So it starts with 'Lust for Life' and then it goes through punk, and then it ends up with Britpop and dance music."