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'Once' Director Goes Back To The '80s For New Film 'Sing Street'

John Carney wrote, produced and directed the musical comedy-drama film "Sing Street." (Facebook)
John Carney wrote, produced and directed the musical comedy-drama film "Sing Street." (Facebook)

Music is an integral part of writer-director John Carney’s movies, most notably 2007’s Oscar-winning “Once” and 2013’s “Begin Again.” In his new film “Sing Street,” 1980s music videos and his own Dublin childhood provide the inspiration for the story of a young boy who forms a rock band with his schoolmates. John Carney joined  Here & Now’s Robin Young to talk about the film.

“I’ve never made a decision in my life, particularly as a young man, without a soundtrack,” Carney said. “If I broke up with a girl, or if I chased a girl, or if I left school, or if I left a band there was always a song that I could trace it back to, by which I mean that the lyrics were speaking to me, the music was speaking to me. My entire life as a young man was spent almost like there was a message in music and in lyrics for me.”

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Music In This Segment

“Falling Slowly,” written and performed by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

“Lost Stars,” written by Danielle Brisebois, Gregg Alexander, Nick Lashley and Nick Southwood and performed by Adam Levine

“Something About You,” written by Mike Lindup, Phil Gould, Mark King, Rowland Gould and Wally Badarou and performed by Level 42

Songs from the soundtrack:

“Drive It Like You Stole It,” written by Gary Clark

“Brown Shoes,” written by John Carney, Gary Clark, Graham Henderson, Carl Papenfus, Ken Papenfus and Zamo Riffman

“Beautiful Sea,” written by John Carney, Gary Clark, Graham Henderson, Carl Papenfus, Ken Papenfus and Zamo Riffman

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