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The Godfather of Ulster Punk

PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 7:07 pm
by john poole
I'm so bored with .... documentaries about punk. But I did like this one, with only a very brief reference to the Sex Pistols & Bill Grundy - broadcast on Radio Four this morning (and available until 2098) ... ster_Punk/

Re: The Godfather of Ulster Punk

PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:08 am
by garth cartwright
Thanks for listing this John - i would have missed otherwise.

As a wee teen in Auckland I befriended a Northern Ireland imigre who managed to get sent all the Belfast punk singles. I was so impressed by the likes of the Outcasts that I tried to order some singles from Good Vibrations - never received anything for my postal order so I should look that guy up and ask where my records are. Anyway, a good doc' that reminded me of why punk seemed so vital in the late 70s if you were under 20 and loved rocknroll.

Re: The Godfather of Ulster Punk

PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:30 pm
by NickH
I had better luck than Garth when I wrote to Terri Hooley requesting a copy of the debut 45 release by the Undertones in 1978. I still have the pre-Sire Good Vibrations pressing of Teenage Kicks somewhere. Look forward to listening to this doc a little later...

Re: The Godfather of Ulster Punk

PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:21 pm
by uiwangmike
Terri Hooley is now the subject of a feature film. Like any biopic, it's admittedly fictionalized. I can't say how much, but I suspect the truth was a bit less jolly than it was portrayed. Terry himself as shown as having the same kind of irritating non-stop cheerfulness as the heroine of Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky. Feargal Sharkey wasn't much like I remembered him (though John Peel, in a brief appearance, was a bit). At the Busan Film Festival the other night, the two directors made a brave go of explaining the origins of the Northern Ireland conflict to the young Korean audience, who seemed pretty well entertained by the story and the music.