Terri Hooley

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Terri Hooley
Born (1948-12-23) December 23, 1948 (age 73)
Known forFounder of Good Vibrations record label

Terri Hooley (born 23 December 1948) is a prominent figure in the Belfast punk scene and founder of the Good Vibrations record shop and label, responsible for bands such as The Undertones, Rudi, Protex and The Outcasts making their mark on the music scene in Ireland and Britain. After playing "Teenage Kicks" on BBC national radio John Peel then became a big supporter of the Good Vibrations record label.

Despite growing popularity, though, Good Vibrations filed for bankruptcy in 1982, just as the first wave of British punk had died. Bands that had gone to London, such as Protex and Rudi, returned to Hooley and Belfast. Hooley's friends later got him a shop called Vintage Records, Co. just around the corner from Good Vibrations. The label celebrated its 30th anniversary in April 2008.[1]

Terri's Good Vibrations record shop at Winetavern Street, Belfast, closed in July 2011.

In October 2012 Hooley was verbally abused and assaulted by two men while out walking his dog in east Belfast. During the incident Hooley was described as a "Fenian lover" and called "a disgrace to Protestants".[2][3]


In October 2010 his book Hooleygan was published by Blackstaff Press and was number four in the local charts at Christmas.[4] A "Terri Hooley For Mayor Of Belfast" Facebook campaign was set up but he declined the offer saying: "There are enough fools in Belfast City Hall, they don't need another one."[5]

A biopic based on his life, Good Vibrations, came out in 2013, starring Richard Dormer as Hooley, as well as Dylan Moran and Jodie Whittaker.[6][7][8]

Terri currently presents a two hour programme of his musical choices on www.belfast247onair.com, Saturdays at 10pm.


  1. ^ Mitchell, Cameron (15 March 2008). "Summer of teenage dreams remembered". BBC. Archived from the original on 2 January 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ "Terri Hooley's sadness at assault by bigot while walking dog". Belfast Telegraph. 30 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Men threaten punk icon Terri Hooley". bbc.co.uk. BBC. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  4. ^ Terri Hooley & Richard Sullivan (2010) "Hooleygan", Blackstaff Press, ISBN 978-0-85640-851-9
  5. ^ Marshall, Mervyn (1 April 2013). "[Review] Good Vibrations - Heart Strings". Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Extras wanted for Good Vibrations movie". Hot Press. 30 November 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2009.
  7. ^ "Filming begins on Terri Hooley movie". bbc.co.uk. BBC. 26 August 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  8. ^ Good Vibrations at IMDb