Terri Hooley was one of those neighborhood heroes who aren't always celebrated in their time. A pop iconoclast who pushed music, both old and new, through his record shop called Good Vibrations, and then his label of the same name, he was an instrumental tastemaker in Irish punk during its late-'70s heyday, but he was often left out of history books. That's why there wound up being a biopic of Hooley in 2012: his was a great story just waiting to be told. The accompanying soundtrack, released on Ace in 2013, perhaps digs deeper than the film itself, as it has the space to explore Hooley's roots -- it opens with Hank Williams' "I Saw the Light" -- and gets into folk, soul, and girl group pop before it devotes itself to such trailblazers as Stiff Little Fingers, the Undertones, and the Saints, taking the time to squeeze in songs by Suicide and David Bowie along the way. On paper, perhaps, this may seem like a jumble, but the soundtrack re-creates the atmosphere of record-store culture of the '70s and beyond, when one record suggested the possibility of another unimaginable universe. No matter how good the Good Vibrations film is, at least this soundtrack pays tribute to that restless spirit.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine