Soundtrack Of My Life: Cillian Murphy

The Peaky Blinders star plays Nick Drake late at night and isn’t ashamed to express his love for ‘The Final Countdown’

The Artist That Reminds Me Of Starting Out As An Actor
Nick Drake

“I was listening to a lot of Nick Drake when I started off because that’s just what you do, isn’t it, in your early twenties? You listen to a lot of Nick Drake. I think it’s very much a young man’s kind of music. It’s a peculiar take on the world and quite a lonely take on the world, but it’s also every young man going and trying to find an identity. Nick Drake is a good medium to go through. I’ll still put him on sometimes quite late at night.”


The Song I Do At Karaoke
The Kinks – ‘You Really Got Me’

“I don’t do karaoke. You know how some people don’t like massages? They don’t like massages; I don’t like karaoke. I had to sing ‘You Really Got Me’ by The Kinks in Disco Pigs. It was in a karaoke bar – that was the character. That’s a part of the role, but I enjoy it. I enjoy any chance to get in front of a microphone in a role. I’ll do it.”

The First Album I Ever Bought
Europe – ‘The Final Countdown’

“‘The Final Countdown’ was just the song that was on the telly and radio all the time. It’s a pretty catchy song, a pretty amazing riff. Ten years ago I would’ve been way too embarrassed to admit that. Now, I’m confident in my music taste.”


The First Music I Remember Hearing
Irish traditional music

“There was a lot of that played when I was a kid. I would’ve gone to a lot of trad sessions as a child. I was probably in the corner asleep with a packet of crisps and a Club Orange. I kind of rejected all that, but now I love it. My dad’s old trad records were all on vinyl. I began to listen to them and they’re beautiful.”

The Song That Makes Me Dance
Christine And The Queens – ‘Tilted’

“I really like that and it’s very danceable. It’s just got a great groove and she’s an amazing performer. I love great dancing and she’s a really great dancer. I defy anyone not to want to dance when they listen to that track.”

The Song I Wish I’d Written
Radiohead – ‘No Surprises’

“I’ve written my own music and I play guitar. But it would probably be a Radiohead song – ‘No Surprises’, maybe. I think they’re the biggest band, who became the biggest band in the world without wanting to be
the biggest band in the world. They’re probably my favourite band.”

The First Song I Fell In Love With
The Beatles – ‘Love Me Do’

“They were playing around the house and I think maybe my dad had ‘The Beatles: 20 Greatest Hits’ on record. It was probably ‘Love Me Do’ or something. That was the first track on the first side. That’s rock’n’roll. I remember that harmonica solo very well.”

The Song I Want Played At My Funeral
Massive Attack – ‘Hymn Of The Big Wheel’

“That’s a pretty beautiful song and I like the sentiment of it. It’s kind of a hopeful song – y’know, the big wheel keeps turning.”

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