Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Cure song in 'Sing Street'

From Deadline: "Nostalgic trips into musical history run a very high risk of rotting the audience’s teeth out. However, seeing John Carney’s name attached to Sing Street should be taken as a very, very good sign indeed. No one makes movies about how music is made with the energy, intimacy and authenticity of John Carney (Craig Brewer’s Hustle & Flow being a notable exception), and the Once director’s latest, a coming of age tale inspired by his own upbringing and set in 1980s Dublin, is playing playing Sundance 2016. As such, a U.S. trailer has been released, and you can watch it here.

Sing Street follows Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), a 14-year old boy in 1980s Dublin transferred to an inner city public school when his parents’ financial problems mean they can no longer afford to pay his private school tuition. When meets the beautiful and very cool Raphina (Lucy Boynton), he hastily invites her to star in his band’s music video in an attempt to woo her. The fact that he doesn’t actually have a band means he has to hastily form one with his friends, and so Conor immerses himself in the music of the era as he attempts to win the girl. As you can see from the trailer, the film is a deep dive into the pop music of the era, featuring songs by A-Ha, Duran Duran, Hall & Oates, The Cure, The Clash, Spandau Ballet, and The Jam, among others.

Along with Walsh-Peelo and Boynton, it stars Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aiden Gillen, Jack Reynor, and Kelly Thornton. Anthony Bregman, John Carney, and Martina Niland produced."
(Thanks Perfect.Murder)

Update (01/29/16): From MTV -  "The evolution of the music in “Sing Street” is one of the best elements of this delightful film. Connor’s older brother Brendan (Jack Reynor) becomes his musical guru of sorts, lending hims records and giving him tips on how to impress Raphina. As Connor learns more about Duran Duran, The Cure, ABC and other bands from Brendan, he shifts his musical styles and looks. For example, when Connor discovers the happy-sad music of The Cure, he comes to school the next morning in eyeshadow and eyeliner. It’s a wonderful ode to ’80s music and style. And whenever anyone asks him what kind of music he plays, he says he’s a futurist — always looking forward, not back."

The article mentions 'Just Like Heaven', but also says the film is set in 1985, so hopefully, JLH (from 1987) isn't the Cure song used in the film. (Thanks Perfect.Murder)

Update (April 20th, 2016): The film's soundtrack will be released April 29th, and it says the song used is 'In Between Days'.

And there's a nice interview and feature at Consequence of Sound today: "Whereas your brother is there to try and make you happy and hope that you’ll just be happy in life and doesn’t care if you’re gay or straight or transgender, or if you’re into the Cure, or if you want to become a banker or a road sweeper. Your siblings don’t care; they just want to see you happy. Your parents want to see you happy, but they also want to see you rich and doing well."

From Kate: "I just attended a screening of Sing Street. It was a great film! The music is fantastic, and the Cure referenceS (yes, there is more than one) are light-hearted yet respectful. Highly recommend. "


  1. I wanted to be these kids when I was 15. This trailer made me so happy to watch, cant wait for the movie!

  2. I just attended a screening of Sing Street. It was a great film! The music is fantastic, and the Cure referenceS (yes, there is more than one) are light-hearted yet respectful. Highly recommend.

  3. I'm listening to the soundtrack right now on Rhapsody. It might be on other streaming services too. Can't wait to see the movie, but it isn't showing locally (yet).

  4. Saw a screening a couple weeks back and completely agree with Kate... not only loved the Cure references, but the whole thing is a knowing wink to the era in the best possible way. Liked it, for the youthful innocence, even more than Once.

  5. Went to it yesterday in Dublin the scene with In Between Days was brilliantly done and the clock ticked back 30 years :) nostalgic great memories, captured bring s teenager in Dublin at the time vibrant music scene then (and still TG) school in it is real and pretty much what going to the Brothers was like - enjoy it, excited about going to see the lads this Autumn play on Germany, but hey if they want an intimate gig nowhere better than the Olympia on Dame Street Dublin 2! Maybe Someday.....Robert ?