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Good Vibrations

Directed by Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa

UK, 2012

Cornerhouse, 1 April 2013

Good Vibrations

What is the perfect and at the same time the most problematic punk rock record?

Answer: Teenage Kicks by The Undertones.

Don’t be fooled by their ratty pullovers and pasty appearance, Feargal Sharkey and the lads were bone-fide punk rockers.  They made a celivagous record wherein the twin possibilities of desire, joy or frustration, lay suspended as in a coiled spring.

Songs such as these were bought to the world by Terri Hooley, DJ, record shop owner and founder of the Good Vibrations record label, and this film tells his story.  The man risked and lost a lot, but he triumphed too.  You’ll say Hooley had faults, I’ll say his were generous, carefree ones, above all the fault of giving and wanting too much.

For a brilliant portrayal of Belfast’s punk rock scene – and the man who was its beating heart – go and see this film.