Various Artists: Good Vibrations; A Record Shop, a Label, a Film Soundtrack (Ace/Border)

 |   |  <1 min read

The Outcasts: You're a Disease
Various Artists: Good Vibrations; A  Record Shop, a Label, a Film Soundtrack (Ace/Border)

We'll have to wait for the acclaimed bio-pic to get the full measure of the life and times of Belfast's Terri Hooley who started his record shop Good Vibrations at the height of what is euphemistically called "the Troubles" and, as self-confessed hippie, found himself a convert to punk.

His shop spawned a label and gave us, among other classic songs, the Undertones Teenage Kicks.

This soundtrack album compiled by David Holmes (who writes notes on many of the song) cuts a wayward swathe from Hank Williams' I Saw the Light (the first song Holmes remembers being moved by) Niney The Observer, the Shangri-Las, the Animals, the Upsetter, Bert Jansch (Angie) and of course the alternative Ulster sounds by the Outcasts, Stiff Little Fingers, the Undertones (Teenage Kicks as noted) and Hooley himself.

This is a scattershot colection of great singles or forgotten gems (the Animals' Outcast), country music like Pear Shaped by Woody Jackson (who appears in the film playing this song), and Brisbane's Saints sharing disc-space with the b-grade 1970 psychedelic rock of Ramases (from Sheffield).

And Suicide.

Quite a scrapbook of sounds, but a scrapbook nonetheless. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Snowbird: Moon (Bella Union)

Snowbird: Moon (Bella Union)

While there are too many insipid indie bands/artists named after soft wee animals or for inoffensive cuteness (start your list), we sidestep prejudice here. Snowbird is former Cocteau... > Read more

Evgeny Ukhanov: Introspection; Performs Griffths (griffithscomposer.com)

Evgeny Ukhanov: Introspection; Performs Griffths (griffithscomposer.com)

When Malawi-born, Christchurch-raised and now Melbourne-based composer Alan Griffiths approached Elsewhere to see if we were interested in reviewing an album of his solo piano works entitled... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Frank Sinatra: In the Wee Small Hours (1955)

Frank Sinatra: In the Wee Small Hours (1955)

Some may remember it, that strange time when we were told that Tony Bennett was hip with the grunge crowd. It seemed unlikely (I doubted it) but it at least gave me the opportunity to interview him... > Read more

WOMAD ARTIST 2013; ABIGAIL WASHBURN INTERVIEWED: From Middle America to Middle Kingdom

WOMAD ARTIST 2013; ABIGAIL WASHBURN INTERVIEWED: From Middle America to Middle Kingdom

Abigail Washburn was always going to work in China, but along the way she changed the how and the why of it. She started out aiming to be lawyer working in Chinese-US relations and maybe even a... > Read more