The man behind the ‘Peaky Blinders’ soundtrack tells us which artist best represents Tommy Shelby

Turns out it isn't Nick Cave...

The co-creator of the soundtrack for the latest season of Peaky Blinders has revealed which artist he thinks best represents main character Tommy Shelby. Watch our Speaky Blinders talk show special in the video above (WARNING: the above and below features spoilers).

Antony Genn, formerly of Pulp and The Hours, curated the soundtrack as well as composing original tracks for Peaky Blinders season four with his musical partner Martin Slattery. This series’ soundtrack featured contributions from the likes of Laura Marling, Foals, Savages, Radiohead and show staple Nick Cave.

Now, Genn has claimed that Shelby has a lot in common with Radiohead.


Asked about which band or artist best encapsulates the main role played by Cillian Murphy, Genn told NME: “I don’t think you can, and that’s the thing about Tommy Shelby. You’ve got to understand, he’s a gypsy that’s come from the streets, whose now in fucking politics, dude.

“I guess you could say with that, maybe someone like Radiohead. They’ve evolved, and you think they’re this – and then they’re this.”

He continued: “That’s the thing about all great bands, and all great artists of any kind; they can’t be pinned down. You can’t quite get an angle on what they are – because they’re always evolving and always moving. That’s Tommy Shelby, he’s always moving forward. Who knows what he’s going to do next?”

Genn added: “The geezer has gone from being an absolute shitter from Nowheresville, slashing people’s eyes open, to now rocking it with the politicians in Parliament. He’s got an OBE and he’s hanging around with the hoi polloi.”

Radiohead's Thom Yorke
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke

“Every year, it’s had a tone to it,” Cillian Murphy recently said of the show’s score over four seasons. “Season two, we had PJ Harvey, which was a more feminine approach to it, and season three was sadder. There was quite a lot of tragedy in that. This series it feels like we’re going back to the energy of series one.”


He added: “It’s weird now,. The sound has this ‘peakiness’ to it. You just know if it’s Peaky or not.”

Peaky Blinders season five has been confirmed to return in 2019. Find out everything we know about the next series here.

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