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The age old debate between a job at the bank or following the rock and roll dream. John Spillane gives his views.

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The age old debate between a job at the bank or following the rock and roll dream. John Spillane gives his views.

Take the full time job at the bank, or make a pact with your band mates to follow the rock and roll dream?

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The Stunning

The Stunning

As you'll hear in this week's Born Optimistic Podcast and radio show, The Stunning were a huge influence on me as a teen growing up in Galway. As they churned out hit singles 40 miles away from where I was growing up they helped me believe that you didn't have to come from the big city to have something to offer. A one-band Motown, The Stunning redefined the art of releasing singles in Ireland forever. 'Got To Get Away', 'Half Past Two', 'Romeo's On Fire', 'Brewing Up A Storm', 'Heads', 'Everything That Rises' was an incredible run of amazing releases...

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Music freak and amazing writer Paul Murray

Paul Murray Author

Music freak and amazing writer Paul Murray

Paul Murray is three novels and a movie screenplay into an amazing career. 'The Evening Of Long Goodbyes', 'Skippy Dies' and 'The Mark & The Void' are three essential additions to every bookshelf. These are books you'll never regret committing time to. The 23.5 hours or so it will take you to read each book will ake you into the headspace of a writer who loves you to laugh and think in the same sentence. A recent bike crash has put Paul's right hand into a cast for six weeks which freed up some time he was gracious enough to share...

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Mundy's Jelly Legs

BornOptimistic Podcast Mundy

Mundy's Jelly Legs

Dropping off Mic Christopher albums to Head records in Dublin's ILAC centre was the opportunity to pick up Mundy's Jelly Legs on vinyl. It sounds amazing after all of these years. Having become used to the live versions of these classics it was like time travel going back the 21 years to when Jelly Legs debuted. The tour starts this Friday and I can't wait to see the original line-up back together for this auspicious occassion. Well done Mund & co. Here's Mundy on the Born Optimistic podcast from earlier this year:  

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The photograph that got Orbital back together after 5 years apart.

The photograph that got Orbital back together after 5 years apart.

This is the family photograph which got Orbital back together. For five years two of the brothers in this photograph, Paul and Phil Hartnoll, barely spoke.  They were, therefore, unable to function as Orbital. This photograph Ihaunted Paul everytime it caught his eye. Finally it prompted him to get the band back together. This episode of Born Optimistic is Orbital's first interview after that five-year hiatus. In a joyous and revealing interview, they cover lots of ground about breaking up, getting back together and many points in between. Paul Hartnoll captioned it for us in an email, "I’m the little one being...

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