I was familiar with the opening lyrics of Iggy Pops chose life; I had probably first heard it about 20years ago so, I have had that long to hear it. But in 2017, this was my first time watching Trainspotting. At the time of release it would have gone over my head; aside from anything else I would not have know what a suppository was or I probably had not heard of or read Cosmopolition.
I can not remember hearing Perfect Day untill a year after Trainspotting. The context in the film was, so different from the charity single in 1997 that I was not sure whether it was about being out of it on heroin. I had to google it. Apparently Lou Read did have an addiction to heroin. But,reassuringly not ruining my image of the song it was written in 1972 after Read spent a day with Bettye Kronstad his then fiancée who later became his wife in Centeral Park. I also learnt Lou Read’s version was produced by Davie Bowie and Mick Robson (no relation to Mark) and that Susan Boyle covered in 2010.
Even though it was 20 years old, it could have been produced now about the 90s, albeit a 90s I did not know. I was a losing interest at about 80 minutes, but luckily it is only 90minutes long. I appreciated getting an alternative view of the world at the time of my teenage years and I’m prepared to see the sequels hoping it features 90s music!