Home Entertainment Cillian Murphy almost had a music career instead of becoming an actor...

Cillian Murphy almost had a music career instead of becoming an actor after bagging record deal

- Advertisement -
Cillian Murphy almost became a musician instead of an actor (Picture: Getty Images)

Cillian Murphy has revealed he almost went down the path of music rather than acting after bagging a record deal when he was a teenager. 

The Peaky Blinders star, 44, was in a band called The Sons of Mr Green Genes which he described as being ‘influenced by acid jazz’, adding that they ‘were probably a bit late to the party with that sound’. 

Speaking on BBC Radio 6 Music, Cillian explained: ‘I played in bands in my teens and then when I was about 18 or 19, we were offered a deal and it didn’t work out. So that was the end of the dream.’

Advertisement

Advertisement

The band got their name from a song on Frank Zappa’s 1969 album Hot Rats, and Cillian described how they sounded: ‘There was a lot of instrumental music and a lot of excessively long guitar solos and stuff like that.’

Despite the record deal not working out for them, Cillian and his bandmates have remained great friends – something he isn’t sure would have happened if they had made it. 

‘It’s a treacherous industry, isn’t it?’, he admitted. ‘All the lads that I was in the band with, we’re [still] such good friends now, and I don’t know if that would have actually stayed the case if we’d have been put through the jaws of the music industry as youngsters.’

Television programme :Peaky Blinders IV - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) - (C) ?? Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd 2017 - Photographer: Robert Viglasky
He’s best known for playing Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders (Picture: BBC)

Cillian went on to discover his true calling was acting, and plays the lead role of Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders. 

Speaking about the modern music used on the show, which is set in post-war Birmingham in 1919, he admitted he wasn’t sure about having the Arctic Monkeys or The White Stripes on the soundtrack. 

He told Steve Lamacq on on BBC Radio 6: ‘I have to be honest I thought it was a terrible idea when someone told me first that it would be contemporary music against a period story.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Mark Sagliocco/BAFTA/REX (10434719av) Cillian Murphy BAFTA 'Peaky Blinders' TV Show screening, Q&A, New York, USA - 02 Oct 2019
Cillian had a recording contract in his teens but it didn’t end up working out (Picture: Mark Sagliocco/BAFTA/REX)

‘I didn’t think it would work but then something happened where it just clicked and we always – you know the people that made the show – we always talked about whether a tune is “Peaky” or “not Peaky’.” 

‘You just seemed to know whether it is and it’s really hard to define what that is but I think it seems to be an outlaw quality to the music. 

‘So, that’s always been the sort of artists that have worked on the soundtrack and the sort of artists that are attracted to it as well.’

Cillian Murphy is hosting a 12-episode Limited Edition music show on 6 Music which begins on October 19.

Got a showbiz story?

If you’ve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us celebtips@metro.co.uk, calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we’d love to hear from you.

MORE: Cillian Murphy thought modern music on Peaky Blinders ‘was a terrible idea’

MORE: Peaky Blinders: Jason Statham lost Tommy Shelby role to Cillian Murphy over a text message

Advertisement

Advertisement

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Stay Connected

16,985FansLike
2,458FollowersFollow
61,453SubscribersSubscribe

Must Read

What time are the clocks going back tonight – do we lose or gain an hour?

The clocks go back tonight (Picture: Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images) As summer gives over to winter, the time of year when we change our clocks is upon us. The clocks on your smartphone and laptop will change automatically, but you will have to manually adjust the time on your oven, car, and wall clocks. Once a year we set the clocks forwards an hour, and then once a year we set them back again – but which one is it tonight? Here is all you need to know so you can sleep easy. What time are the clocks going back tonight? The clocks go back by one hour at 2am tonight. We will shift from British Summer Time (BST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Your smartphone will automatically adjust (Picture: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images) The time change always happens on a Sunday, in the middle of the night, so the minimum amount of people and businesses are disrupted. The change always falls on the last Sunday of October – last year that fell on October 27. Do we lose or gain an h..
- Advertisement -

Patrice Evra questions Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decision to drop Axel Tuanzebe vs Chelsea

Patrice Evra was disappointed not to see Axel Tuanzebe start against Chelsea (Picture: Sky Sports)Former Manchester United star Patrice Evra questioned Ole Gunnar...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains Manchester United line-up against Chelsea after leaving Axel Tuanzebe on bench

The Norwegian has named the same team that beat Newcastle last weekend (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made three changes from the Manchester...

UK records another 23,012 coronavirus cases as 174 more people die

A graph showing the number of cases confirmed in the UK today Another 174 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, while a further 23,012 cases have been confirmed in the last 24 hours. Today’s figures bring the total number of deaths to 44,745 and cases to 854,010 since the pandemic began in March. Yesterday, 20,530 cases and 224 deaths were recorded while last Saturday there were 16,171 cases and 163 deaths. In Northern Ireland there were six more deaths and 923 new cases of the virus. A four week lockdown is currently half way through but leaders haven’t ruled out extending it beyond November 13. Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news live Coronavirus deaths rose by 11 in Scotland in the last 24 hour period and there were 1,433 cases recorded. In Wales, where a firebreak lockdown began at 6pm on Friday, a further 1,324 people tested positive and 16 people died. It comes as the Government is reportedly considering introducing a fourth tier to Engl..

Related News

What time are the clocks going back tonight – do we lose or gain an hour?

The clocks go back tonight (Picture: Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images) As summer gives over to winter, the time of year when we change our clocks is upon us. The clocks on your smartphone and laptop will change automatically, but you will have to manually adjust the time on your oven, car, and wall clocks. Once a year we set the clocks forwards an hour, and then once a year we set them back again – but which one is it tonight? Here is all you need to know so you can sleep easy. What time are the clocks going back tonight? The clocks go back by one hour at 2am tonight. We will shift from British Summer Time (BST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Your smartphone will automatically adjust (Picture: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images) The time change always happens on a Sunday, in the middle of the night, so the minimum amount of people and businesses are disrupted. The change always falls on the last Sunday of October – last year that fell on October 27. Do we lose or gain an h..

Patrice Evra questions Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decision to drop Axel Tuanzebe vs Chelsea

Patrice Evra was disappointed not to see Axel Tuanzebe start against Chelsea (Picture: Sky Sports)Former Manchester United star Patrice Evra questioned Ole Gunnar...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains Manchester United line-up against Chelsea after leaving Axel Tuanzebe on bench

The Norwegian has named the same team that beat Newcastle last weekend (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made three changes from the Manchester...

UK records another 23,012 coronavirus cases as 174 more people die

A graph showing the number of cases confirmed in the UK today Another 174 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, while a further 23,012 cases have been confirmed in the last 24 hours. Today’s figures bring the total number of deaths to 44,745 and cases to 854,010 since the pandemic began in March. Yesterday, 20,530 cases and 224 deaths were recorded while last Saturday there were 16,171 cases and 163 deaths. In Northern Ireland there were six more deaths and 923 new cases of the virus. A four week lockdown is currently half way through but leaders haven’t ruled out extending it beyond November 13. Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news live Coronavirus deaths rose by 11 in Scotland in the last 24 hour period and there were 1,433 cases recorded. In Wales, where a firebreak lockdown began at 6pm on Friday, a further 1,324 people tested positive and 16 people died. It comes as the Government is reportedly considering introducing a fourth tier to Engl..

Police officer sent explicit messages to colleague posing as girl, 12

Bryn Majid has been jailed for 20-months (Picture: Cheshire Police) A police officer who sent explicit photos to what he thought was a 12-year-old girl has been jailed after it turned out to be a colleague working undercover. Bryn Majid, 59, began chatting with ‘Jess’ in February this year on messenger app Kik, where he used the name ‘Copper762’. The custody investigation officer gradually turned the conversations towards sex, saying he would ‘show her how to kiss’, explaining how to perform a sex act and telling her he would send ‘a Kik pic of what I’m eventually going to put in you’. Majid, from Cheshire, admitted attempting to engage in sexual activity with a child and three counts of downloading images at Liverpool Crown Court and was jailed for 20 months. The court heard Majid messaged the supposed schoolgirl to say she was ‘looking lovely’ and mentioned that he was ‘slightly older’ than her but would still like to meet one day – something he said would be ‘their little secret..
- Advertisement -

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

%d bloggers like this: