Oasis Thought Trainspotting Was Going to Be a Movie About Watching Trains
Oasis’s press run for their upcoming documentary Supersonic is still ongoing, and with it comes new bits of trivia. The latest one is rather silly: the former Britpop gods turned down a spot on the soundtrack to the 1996 film Trainspotting because they thought it was literally about trainspotting.
The film’s costume designer Rachel Fleming made the revelation during a 20th anniversary screening of the film, according to the Telegraph: “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 trainspotters. I didn’t know.’ That’s what he actually said.”
Trainspotting is actually about drug abuse and poverty through the eyes of five friends in Edinburgh, not railroad enthusiasts. The title comes from a scene in the source book where the main characters are asked if they’re “trainspottin’.”
Yes, this is why the movie doesn’t close with Spud walking off into a better tomorrow to the tune of “Champagne Supernova” in that final scene. It’s possible that Oasis’s ignorance paved the way for Underworld’s biggest moment.
This probably isn’t the last bit of silliness we’ll hear regarding Trainspotting. Remember, there’s a sequel on the way.