Oasis turned down Trainspotting soundtrack because they thought it was about actual train spotters

Noel Gallagher just assumed the movie was about railroad geeks


    1996’s Trainspotting is one of those rare classics that’s as beloved for its cinematic content as its official soundtrack. It turns out Oasis could have sat alongside the likes of Iggy Pop, Brian Eno, Primal Scream, Blur, and Pulp on the OST — if they’d only taken the time to ask what the movie was about.

    During a Q&A session with the film’s producer Andrew Macdonald and costume designer Rachel Fleming, it was revealed that director Danny Boyle eyed Oasis to contribute a track for the film. However, in an act of pure Gallagherian arrogance, Noel Gallagher turned it down because he just assumed it was some lame movie about railroad nerds.

    (Read: Chose Life: Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting Turns 20)

    “I met Noel at a thing the other week and he said to me ‘I would have done something, but honestly I thought it was about train spotters. I didn’t know,'” Fleming said according to the Edinburgh Evening News (via Exclaim). “That’s what he actually said.”


    At least when David Bowie turned Boyle down it was on principle. Maybe now that he realizes what a doltish move he made all those years ago, Gallagher will let an Oasis tune appear in the upcoming sequel, T2.

    Below, watch Gerber & Gerber’s episode about Trainspotting.


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