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12 killer film soundtracks

From Blade Runner to Trainspotting, electronic music has left a huge mark on the big screen

  • Dave Turner and Patrick Hinton
  • 18 May 2016
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Trainspotting

The final scene, when Ewan McGregor's Renton decides to do a runner with the money him and his pals have just made from a heroin deal, is a moment of beauty. Underworld's 'Born Slippy' is the reason, providing the backdrop for Renton's narration explaining he's finally ready to jack in the smack and finally choose life. Lou Reed's 'Perfect Day', Leftfield's 'A Final Hit' and Brian Eno's 'Deep Blue Day' are a handful of others that make this OST a classic, it's just a shame David Bowie rejected a request to be on there.

The Social Network

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ Academy Award-winning soundtrack to David Fincher’s biographical drama about the emergence of Facebook captured the mood of the film perfectly. Tracks like ‘Hand Covers Bruise’, with its slightly melancholic piano melody surrounded by haunting, paranoid outer textures, evokes the lonely genius and lost friendships at the centre of the company that were plagued by atmospheres of suspicion and insecurity, while the riotous, almost suffocating ‘A Familiar Taste’ reflected the intoxicating excitement of the ascent to success.

 
 
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