It’s low budget. Its 1970s wigs are atrocious. Its fact based storyline of a music enthusiast who risks all for his passion may appear familiar.
But catch Good Vibrations if you can.
The film is named after the record shop its main character Terry Hooley—a dope smoking lefty rebel—started in Belfast in the 1970s.
He discovers punk and the shop becomes a Mecca for every new band with their demo tapes, most famously the Undertones with their classic song Teenage Kicks. When Hooley recorded it as a single he got a crowd of fans in with a few beers to wrap the record sleeves by hand.
Against a backdrop of the “troubles”, Good Vibrations captures brilliantly how punk took off in Northern Ireland.