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Friday 15 March 2013, 10:47

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There's a terrific new movie out later this month called Good Vibrations. It tells the story of Terri Hooley - the man who discovered The Undertones and their single Teenage Kicks -  arguably one of the greatest pop records ever recorded.

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    Nice Strat Dr K

    I used to go into Terry Hooley's shop all the time when I was a wee lad, trying to find Jean Michel Jarre and Mike Oldfield records. He must have thought I was a very strange child.

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    DEAR SIR I JUST HOPE THE DEDICATED THIS FILM TO THE LATE MR JOHN PEEL HIM SELF.HE LOVE THIS BAND.THEY PLAYED THEY MOST FAMOUS HIT AT HIS FUNNEL.

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    Can't wait for it's release - Oh, Joy!

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    Always wondered how Feargal Sharkey went from the pure, magical joy and excitement of 'Teenage Kicks' to the absolute dross of 'A Good Heart (is hard to find)' and the rest of his banal solo 'career'. He should hang his head in shame. Looking forward to the film though!

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    Comment number 5.

    Ironically 'Good Vibrations' is a better record than 'Teenage Kicks'.

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    This is the same Feargal Sharkey who now wants to milk every cent out of you for every music track you might conceivably every listen to. Keep yer film.

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    There are some films in my DVD collection which i will never part with and one of them is 'Almost Famous'. If i am ever feeling down or low, i just put on that movie. It just sums up everything i love about music, and is why i will never be an X Factor fan.

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    Wasn't Teenage Kicks John Peel's favourite track of all time? Looks good. Still waiting to hear The Dodge Brothers version though :)

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    Comment number 9.

    Now I don't know if I had a bad dream or it's an early April Fool, but I could swear I have seen a trailer for a Status Quo movie. Yes the Quo!

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    Comment number 10.

    Im a big fan of band films so this looks like my cup of tea. I just hope its nearer Control or Velvet Goldmine rather than Powder, a film i waited over 10 yrs for, convinced that the book it came from was the perfect material for a classic film. When it finally came out it was unbelievably bad, the sort of bad you couldnt even fake if you were trying to spoof bad film making.

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    Comment number 11.

    It looks like an absolutely wonderful film, but guess what? It's not going to be shown in any of my local cinemas! I'll have to wait for the DVD as usual. I suppose one day I'll have to move somewhere with a decent independent cinema. I love your Fender, by the way.

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    Comment number 12.

    Looking forward to this film, but why are all modern films about the Seventies shot through a beige filter. I was a kid in the Seventies; I know that cars, furniture and men's clothes were often beige, but the air itself wasn't beige as the likes of Red Riding, Potine and Clo-Clo seem to suggest.

    Oh and Mark, putting the word arguably in a sentence renders it useless.

    "Michael Bay is arguably the best living film director."

    "Sex and the City 2 is arguably a Marxist parable."

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    Comment number 13.

    When is the Film Club returning???????

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    One of the best riffs ever. There is footage of them recording the song on YouTube go :`the undertones recording teenage kicks`
    The Buzzcocks, Undertones, Pistols, Clash, Stranglers , now those were the days. One Direction vomited all over it like Goldblum in `The Fly`

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    Comment number 15.

    I bought Fergal Sharkey a pint of Guinness at the Marquee when the Undertones came over to plug teenage kicks. Neither of us could understand each other's accents but, hey, music is language enough.
    btw Mark, you are spot on regarding talking when a film's on. Please tell my wife.

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    Comment number 16.

    Really looking forward to see this. Going to a special screening on the 30th in Belfast with a director Q&A and Good Vibrations party afterwards. Jameson cocktails will be flowing all night!

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    Comment number 17.

    Saw Good Vibrations last night, thought it was fantastic. Richard Dormer as Terri Hooley is particularly tremendous, and the movie is awash with love for punk and the Belfast scene. Also< I really admire how the directors didn't flinch from showing how Hooley's passion led him to neglect his responsibilities. Felt honest and uplifting.

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    Comment number 18.

    Rather off topic but there are some wonderful fan videos using film footage to great songs. When they work they are fabulous. Theres great use of war movie footage in `Stabilo : Everybody`. I also really like Weezer `We are all on drugs` which has Fifties bomb test footage and a great Bollywood dance.

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    Comment number 19.

    I was lucky enough to see this film last September while I was covering for a friend's radio show and I still remember every scene. The story was a little bit of a mess which was due to fact the film is a series of incidents rather than one single story. However that doesn't matter. It was a fantastic look at a specific moment in history. It had everything from great characters to fantastic music. It's well worth a watch especially for the last 15 minutes. The ending is really good!

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    Comment number 20.

    That's all very well, Mark but we really need to see you playing the guitar solo from A Good Heart one of these days. All together now:

    "So please be gentle with this heart of miiiiiiiiinnne. YEAH!" (cue Mark)

    ;o)

 

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