“I’ve often said that when Danny Boyle asks you to get involved in something, you don’t say no. You choose yes. Now it’s twenty years on and the whole family is back on the train… what an amazing journey it’s been.” (r)
Rick’s relationship with Danny Boyle started in 1996 when two Underworld tracks were used in the screen version of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting. Underworld’s tracks continued to appear in Boyle’s films with the band scoring his film Sunshine and the National Theatre production of Frankenstein. Boyle engaged Rick as Musical Director for the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, and shortly afterwards he created the score for Boyle’s trippy heist movie Trance.
In 2016 they were back working together, along with the original team on the hugely anticipated sequel to Trainspotting, T2 Trainspotting, which was released on 27th January 2017.
You could say that Underworld are part of the DNA of Trainspotting – a story that started with the directors cut of the original film, and continues today with the just-finished sequel T2 Trainspotting…
“On the first film, the heartbeat, the river run, was Underworld’s dubnobasswithmyheadman, and then the needle-drop of Born Slippy—but what a needle drop! And on T2 it was Rick Smith from Underworld agreeing to score the film and to help Jon Harris and I with the whole soundtrack—original score and needle-drops.” Danny Boyle
Twenty years on, Rick weaves a score to the new film from tracks, old and new, original and reconceived, which include a new piece by Underworld (Eventually But) and a reimagining of Born Slippy (Slow Slippy).
“One of the Greek philosophers, can’t remember which one, thought that whatever you say about something, the opposite is equally true. The word he used for this tension was ‘fire’—and that’s what Trainspotting had. It was in Irvine’s book and it was in Danny’s film, in the characters and in the music. 20 years on, I’ve loved writing and collecting music for T2 and can only hope that it catches in the same way.” Rick Smith.
On one side is the full-length version of that reimagined Born Slippy (Nuxx) – Long Slow Slippy (an edit is included on the official soundtrack album). On the other, Eventually But – the first new Underworld track since last year’s album Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future. This full version is only available on this 12” and is not included on the soundtrack album and is not available digitally.
The 12” was pressed onto 180-gram heavyweight vinyl cut at half speed to be played at 45 RPM, in a die-cut sleeve, with all artwork by tomato.
Underworld + Trainspotting
The 20 years between the two films saw Underworld, Rick Smith and Danny Boyle continue and evolve the relationship, on projects including The Beach, A Life Less Ordinary, Sunshine, the National Theatre’s Frankenstein, the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Trance and now, T2 Trainspotting.
T2 Trainspotting is based on the novels Porno and Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh and features the original cast of Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle. It is in UK theatres now and released worldwide from 10th February 2017. The soundtrack album is out on Polydor Records now.