Trainspotting, the original book is like a modern Ulysses. Its unsurpassed I think, and reading it is still like the rush of ocean to the heart. You’re always looking for the heartbeat of a film. For Trainspotting it was Underworld’s Born Slippy. For T2 It’s Young Fathers. Their songs are my heartbeat for the film. And Only God Knows is that rush again. The ocean. The heart. – Danny Boyle, January 18, 2017.
Young Fathers and novelist Irvine Welsh first met in 2015, when Welsh was making TV documentary about creativity in their mutual hometown, Edinburgh. Director Danny Boyle discovered Young Fathers shortly after their 2014 Mercury Prize win.
T2: Trainspotting is Welsh and Boyles recent feature-length film and sequel to Trainspotting (1996) both adaptations of Welshs critically acclaimed written works, Trainspotting and Porno. 21 years later, their mutual appreciation for Young Fathers landed six tracks on the films score Low, No Way, Dare Me – and soundtrack Get Up, Rain or Shine and Only God Knows.
Young Fathers got word on T2 features while working in the studio with Los Angeles-based producer Dave Sitek. The guys brought one of the demos back home to Edinburgh, met up with Boyle to tour the T2 film set and then finished the song with the voices of the Leith Congregational Choir, because theres nothing like singing with your aunties.
And really thats when any relation to the film goes out of the window, because Only God Knows is the most beautiful, soaring, crazy piece of punk-gospel youll hear in 2017, like being shot out of a cannon into the greatest atheist church in the universe, like dying and being reborn without even realizing its happened. Because were all alone in the end anyway, so give yourself a chance.