Underworld, 'Born Slippy .NUXX' ('Trainspotting,' 1996)
In Trainspotting's final scene, Ewan McGregor's character carefully lifts a bag of money from a sleeping sociopath's hands. "If you were scoring that conventionally, you wouldn't be able to hear a pin drop as he lifts the bag up and steals it," says Boyle. "Instead you've got this beat like his heart is beating at that moment." That song, Underworld's "Born Slippy," the ".NUXX" mix, became a chart-topping phenomenon despite its origins as an obscure B-side, when Boyle discovered the single in an HMV record store.
"I was using Underworld's album Dubnobass as the rhythm of the film but I thought, 'That's weird, that's not on their album.' You do come across these moments where you [find] bands don't realize what their strongest tune is. They thought it was a bit cheap, 'cause they were doing these 10- or 11-minute cool tracks, and here was this chant song with a big beat. It went mad. We had an anthem, which appeared in all the clubs and was remixed to hell. And that was perfect. The film wasn't really about heroin. It was about club culture. The film's rhythms are more about ecstasy. And that track just builds to that explosion of sudden delight."