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Oasis reveal why they snubbed the Trainspotting soundtrack

Noel Gallagher: ‘I would have done something, but honestly I thought it was about trainspotters. I didn’t know’

Fractured Mancunian rock band Oasis turned down the chance to contribute to the Trainspotting soundtrack, according to a new interview with the movie’s costume designer and producer. In an awkward career swerve, the group reportedly snubbed the offer after they mistook it for a film about actual trainspotters.

Producer Andrew Macdonald and costume designer Rachel Fleming dropped the news during a Q&A session with The Telegraph earlier this week. “Danny (Boyle) is from near Manchester and he was very keen to have Noel Gallagher do something but there was a reason why he didn’t do it,” Macdonald remembered. “He came to the launch party in Cannes, but I don’t know why he didn’t do a piece of music.”

Fleming continued: “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.’ That’s what he actually said.”

The Danny Boyle-directed movie, which was released back in 1996, is in fact a black comedy about a group of Glaswegian heroin addicts. It was accompanied by one of the most popular albums of the 90s; with Iggy Pop, Elastica, New Order, Blur, Pulp and Lou Reed all featuring on the original soundtrack. 

A sequel to the film, titled T2, is currently set for release in January next year. The long-awaited project has been over two decades in the making. “It’s 20 years later and they have all moved on,” teased Macdonald. “They are at different places in their lives and some of them may even have children. I think because of the integrity of it and Danny insisting it was the same actors, people will be okay with it.”

“It is working out to be its own thing,” he added. “But the characters aren’t 20-years-old anymore and you’re not going to become 20-years-old by watching it.”

T2 is will be released in the UK on January 27. Watch the first trailer here, or read our interview with Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh here.