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Britpop Thriller, Kill Your Friends, Hits Cinemas Friday

Yes, it really really really could happen..

Based on John Niven’s acclaimed 2008 debut novel, Kill Your Friends (opening Friday, November 6) stars Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy, Skins) as Steven Stelfox, an A&R man trying to maintain his position at the top of the hard-partying British music industry at the height of ‘Cool Britannia.’ Oh yes, and there’s a bit of murder. Cut to 1997 —

The film has been described as a ‘dark, satirical and hysterically funny evisceration of the Nineties music business, a time and place populated by frauds, charlatans and bluffer, where ambition is a higher currency than talent, and where it seems anything can be achieved – as long as you want it badly enough.’ It depicts a time and place that was a complete roller coaster of excess, indulgence, and — like a Camden-based horror that could only be imagined by Hunter S. Thompson — yes, the fear and loathing that could only accompany those two.

Niven adapted his own novel for the big screen, with Owen Harris directing. Alongside Hoult, the film’s cast includes James Corden, Craig Roberts (Submarine), and Rosanna Arquette.

Junkie XL composed the film’s score, and the soundtrack features classics by Oasis, Blur, Radiohead, the Prodigy, and the Chemical Brothers. It also includes music from today’s stars such as Rudimental, Bastille, and Royal Blood. In conjunction with the film, the soundtrack will also be released on November 6.

Check out the full tracklisting (which some have hailed as the best soundtrack since Trainspotting but I think is a bit lightweight — though it does certainly set the dark, depraved tone):

Blur – Beetlebum
Rudimental (featuring John Newman) – Good Thing
Bastille – Overload
The Chemical Brothers – Setting Sun
Oasis – Cigarettes & Alcohol
Echo and the Bunnymen – The Killing Moon
Radiohead – Karma Police
Maxine Ashley – 6 Underground (Sneaker Pimps cover)
Blue Boy – Remember Me
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Shimmy Shimmy Ya
Gang Starr – Blowin’ Up The Spot
The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up
Frida Sundemo – Heroes
SASH! – Encore une fois (Future Breeze édit)
Doof – Suck My Dick
Songbirds – Sun Goes Down
Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack
Royal Blood – Blood Hands

Kill Your Friends opens in UK cinemas on November 6.

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