On the 14th of October 1996, at the age of 21, Mundy released his debut album Jelly Legs, launching the career of one of Ireland’s most beloved singer-songwriters.

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of Jelly Legs, the album is being reissued on CD and vinyl on September 29th, and Mundy is reuniting with his original band for an Irish tour that kicks off in Kilarney on October 6th - more details here. We asked The Man Mundy for his choice cultural selections...

Film: 

Not a fair question!!! Night on Earth is a great movie by Jim Jarmusch. I can go back to it, like a lot of his movies. 5 stories set in 5 different places at the same moment around the world, but with the time difference. New York-L.A-Paris-Helsinki-Rome or something to that effect, with an all-star cast. It's very touching at times and also really funny - it's an emotional lasagne of a movie, it's got layers.

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Book:

Lean on Pete, by Willie Vlautan. This book made me think of my childhood working at a local Equestrian Centre, exercising and getting far too attached with certain animals and then they'd be sold off and you'd never see them again. This a road trip book is about a boy who steals a retired racehorse that is being run into the ground by a nasty owner, who injects the (supposed to be) racehorse's legs with steroids and races him hours after hours for hard cash. It's 'Steinbecky' and it's a gem.

TV

I can't wait for the new Curb Your Enthusiasm to come out. I love it. It's completely cringe worthy. You will watch it through your hand with your leg wrapped around your head without even realising. Genius!!!

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Gig

I'm just in the door from seeing U2 in Brussels. It was incredible. The songs, they've so many great songs. The band are a unique combo, one without the other wouldn't work. Every member is as important as the next. Their ambition is mind-boggling. They ended with newer material and lifted the sky! I saw Bob Dylan recently too, and he was on fire. Probably the best I've seen him in 25 years.

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Art

I love to be surrounded by paintings, even if they are not the best. If the intention is from the heart, I get it! Go to Grogan's and have a pint when it's quiet and you'll get what i mean. Examples of the giants that I like are Miro, Picasso, Basquiat and Frida Kahlo. There's others too, like Egon Schiele, Jack B.Yeats, Paul Henry and Christy Brown. I love colour and abstract art. Bendy, truthful art. Photography ain't bad, either.

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Radio:

I love to hop in my car straight after a gig and get driving while I've still got a buzz in my body. I have to admit that Fiachna O'Braonáin on Late Date is the man for me. His voice was made for the night-time broadcasting. It's medicinal. He always plays a great mix, and is generous to new Irish releases.

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The Next Big Thing: 

#Jelly Legs 21 - the 21st Anniversary of my debut. Being re-released by Sony Music Ireland on limited edition double vinyl, plus me and the original line-up doing an Irish tour this October to mark the occasion.

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