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Music scene rallies round for ill Terri Hooley as he faces bypass

By Victoria O'Hara

Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody is among a number of people who are offering support to godfather of punk Terri Hooley after he was hospitalised.

Terri, one of Northern Ireland's best known music figures, fell ill around two weeks ago and is believed to be facing months in hospital.

He is undergoing tests, but it is understood he will have to undergo a heart bypass operation.

Calls have now gone out for the public to support the Good Vibrations record store founded by Hooley in 1977.

His friend and founder of the Oh Yeah Centre, Stuart Bailie, said a rota had been drawn up to keep the shop open while Terri was being treated.

And Bangor-born singer of Snow Patrol Lightbody has donated boxes of music to sell in the store.

"He is such a rock and roll guy, everyone assumed he was invincible," Stuart said.

"We are all trying to help him because he is going to be in hospital for weeks and weeks."

Stuart added: "He was taken ill two weeks ago and he has been poorly for a while. Nobody knows exactly what happened but it seems it is quite serious. They are still doing tests and he will be in hospital at Christmas and New Year, so we want to do something to help. It looks like he will have to have a bypass."

He said Terri, whose life was depicted in the critically-acclaimed movie Good Vibrations, has received lots of support.

"I think there is a rota being drawn up so people will come in and man the shop.

"Gary Lightbody has donated a number of boxes of CDs for the shop and various other people have also helped.

"We are just filling the shop with a whole load of records. There will be a party in the shop on Saturday with live music.

"Over the next few days the message is for people to come down. There are possible further events being planned."

Speaking in 2011, ahead of the filming of Good Vibrations, Lightbody, who was an executive producer, described Hooley as having "a life lived at light speed".

Terri will also face being in hospital for his birthday next Tuesday, but his friends plan to make sure he celebrates it.

"He will be 66 but we plan to Skype him and sing to him from the shop," Stuart laughed.

"Despite him being so unwell, Terri certainly hasn't lost his sense of humour at all."

 

Background

Terri Hooley is the founder of the Good Vibrations record shop and label, which gave us music from bands such as The Undertones, Rudi, Protex and The Outcasts. He released The Undertones' classic Teenage Kicks. The original Good Vibrations shop was burnt down but reopened close to Smithfield Market. A film of his career received critical acclaim.

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