Music is the heart of any movie for this director.
A good soundtrack and/or score is truly the thing that makes a movie. It gives it life, emotion and memorability, and is one of the reasons Danny Boyle's movies are so incredibly visceral. His ability to combine motion picture with the perfect music has been what's landed him gigs the likes of the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony which he directed. With the release of 'T2 Trainspotting', we get another amazing soundscape to rival that of its predecessor.
Danny Boyle's movies have some of the best soundtracks ever written
Doubtlessly one of the greatest soundtracks in movie history, this was filled with mainly British electronic, experimental and Britpop acts of the day. Brian Eno, Primal Scream, New Order, Blur, Pulp and Leftfield all made their way into the movie. So important was music to the creation of this Irvine Welsh adaptation that another soundtrack album was released featuring music that didn't make the first collection and other songs that inspired the film. Iggy Pop's 'Lust For Life' and Underworld's 'Born Slippy' didn't only soundtrack the movie, they soundtracked nights out for thousands of loaded teenagers.
It would've been so easy to recreate a similar soundtrack to the original given the 90s euphoria of the 2010s, but Boyle took it in a whole new direction. There's more of a punk aesthetic to the new soundtrack with the likes of Blondie and The Clash, but then there's pop classics like Run-D.M.C and Queen. Mercury Prize-winning Edinburgh hip-hop outfit Young Fathers are - to use Danny Boyle's words - 'the heart' of the film, however, with a handful of their songs including 'Only God Knows' having been used. Another fantastic addition from a modern band was Wolf Alice's 'Silk' which was used in the trailer.
A Life Less Ordinary
When you take the name of a song and use it as the title of a film (in this case, Ash's 1997 song), you put yourself under a lot of pressure to make sure the soundtrack matches in sound and quality. Indeed, this doesn't disappoint with such tunes as Beck's 'Deadweight', R.E.M.'s 'Leave', The Prodigy's 'Full Throttle' and The Cardigans' 'It's War'. It followed 'Trainspotting' as Boyle's third feature film; the bar was set high but he smashed it.
Even when he took his filmmaking international with this Leo DiCaprio flick, he still stayed faithful to the British musical aesthetic. Produced by Pete Tong, the soundtrack included a lot of trippy electronica like Moby, Faithless, All Saints, Leftfield and The Chemical Brothers (though the latter was omitted from the album release). The soundtrack was used alongside a musical score from Angelo Badalamenti, who is most notable for his work with David Lynch on 'Twin Peaks', 'Blue Velvet' and others.
The first Danny Boyle film to feature a score composed by 80s electronic group Underworld (whose music has been used in most Danny Boyle movies including 'Trainspotting', 'A Life Less Ordinary' and 'The Beach'). It was an improvisational work inspired by György Ligeti and was later completed by John Murphy. 'Sunshine' is also notable for featuring I Am Kloot with the song 'Avenue Of Hope'.
Film composer A. R. Rahman was selected to write the score for this spectacular piece of cinema. Naturally, classical Indian music was the biggest theme for the soundtrack, but Rahman was chosen for his ability to utilise more modern R&B and hip-hop sounds as well, winning him two Academy Awards - one for the original song 'Jai Ho'. The soundtrack also includes M.I.A.'s 'Paper Planes'.
A. R. Rahman was back on board for this intense true story starring James Franco. This score was very guitar-based, with the main theme entitled 'If I Rise' (co-written by Dido) featuring Rahman on a harpejji. Among the original pieces were tracks such as 'Lovely Day' by Bill Withers, 'If You Love Me' by Esther Phillips and 'Festival' by Sigur Rós. The OST also features Chopin's 'Nocturne No.2 in E flat, Op.9 No.2'.
Another score composed by Underworld, or more accurately Underworld frontman Rick Smith. He collaborated with the film's star Rosario Dawson as well as Emeli Sande on a couple of the tracks, while Moby, UNKLE, M People and Kirsty McGee also feature.
Again, Danny Boyle embraced the modern era for this small-time 90s flick. You've got the likes of Petula Clark, Mungo Jerry, Stereolab, Super Furry Animals and Manic Street Preachers backing the story of two Welsh brothers who end up on the wrong side of the law. It was Rhys Ifans first big movie role.
The Golden Globe nominated Daniel Pemberton composed the score for this 2015 biopic. The music was cleverly split into three sections - analog, orchestral and digital - to represent time progression. He even used his own iMac for the latter section. The soundtrack also featured songs from The Libertines, Bob Dylan and The Maccabees.
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