THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2013 |
Posted by: Matt Howard
Yesterday during routine site maintenance, all of our blog posts from the entire day were erased, and being the live-for-the-moment ass that I am, I rarely save my editorial work elsewhere. So from the depths of my short-term memory, I will try to recreate Wednesday's fluff with a little Thursday flair.
Irvine Welsh's name isn't as household as those of authors like R.R. Martin or Stephen King, and that's for good reason. His stories are no-holds-barred interpretations of the worst within us. His characters are regular associates of sexual deviance, drugs (lots and lots of drugs), crime, and everything raging and hedonistic that's hidden deep within our genetic codes. It should also be mentioned that his writing is incredibly difficult to comprehend, and I don't mean this in a Tolkien sense. He writes in Scottish slang which is about as fast, brutal, and far away from the English language that an English dialect can reach. Luckily, I grew up in a Scottish household where every third word was four letters and started with an F or C, so I graciously digested Welsh's writing like a bedtime fairytale told about my criminal relatives back in the homeland. Welsh gained international recognition when his novel involving the perilous lives of young heroin addicts Trainspotting was adapted into a feature length film directed by Danny Boyle and starring Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller. Recently, one of his most gloriously gruesome novels, Filth was adapted to the silver screen, and I'm thrilled to finally be sharing its red band trailer (that's movie talk for NSFW).
So how does this fit in musically, you ask? Danny Boyle's interpretation of Trainspotting held perhaps one of the greatest and most influential soundtracks in modern filmmaking. It isn't often that you see a mixed collection of recognizable classic and modern songs that attach themselves so tightly to the mood and tone of a particular scene that all past recollection of the tune is totally withdrawn from memory. Here are a few examples (perhaps NSFW).
Trainspotting Iggy Pop - "Lust For Life"
Trainspotting - Lou Reed - "Perfect Day"
Trainspotting - Underworld - "Born Slippy .NUXX"
So even though the stars and filmmakers of Trainspotting are not affiliated with the upcoming Filth adaptation, after seeing the new trailer, I have faith in its soundtrack. Why? The darker Welsh's world gets, the easier it is to find its perfect song, and Filth's main character Bruce Robertson resides in the most abysmal depths of savagery. Watch the trailer below.