Undertones record shop to close its doors

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A Belfast record shop closely associated with Derry punk icons The Undertones is to close.

Good Vibrations owner Terri Hooley says trading conditions meant it was “time to call it a day”.

The iconic punk era record shop first opened on Great Victoria Street in 1977 and has had a number of locations in the city.

The original shop was the focus of the North’s punk scene in the late 1970s and was a magnet for bands such as The Undertones, The Moondogs and Rudi.

The launch of The Undertones single, Teenage Kicks, was a turning point for the Good Vibrations record label.

DJ John Peel, then one of the most influential names in the music business, played the single twice in one night on his Radio One show and he became a staunch supporter of the label.

Terri Hooley said: “We have had several different premises, we are very happy with the premises we have in Winetavern Street, but unfortunately business is dead.

“When we opened, the first three months were fantastic and then all you heard was recession, recession, recession.

“Our business has just died.”