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Good Vibrations: Playlist Series

Playlists made by punk rockers featuring songs that define the movement for them.





In celebration of the U.S. premiere of the Lyric Theatre, Belfast's punk rock musical, Good Vibrations, we have asked a handful of pillars from the punk scene to put together playlists of their favorite anthems. 

Cait O'Riordan


Eternal punk royalty Cait O'Riordan—bassist in the Pogues, Muldoon's Picnic house band Rogue Oliphant, Bush Tetras, and host of Sirius-XM radio show, The Rocky O'Riordan Show—curates and narrates from her perspective, to start a series of curated playlists to come. Read her thoughts on her selections here.

Greg Cowan


Greg Cowan, lead singer of The Outcasts, the Belfast band whose single "Justa Nother Teenage Rebel" was the breakout hit that caught the attention of the BBC, shares the songs that have punctuated his life as a punk rocker in the second of our Good Vibrations playlist series. Check out what he has to say about his picks here.

Katie Richardson


Good Vibrations' music director Katie Richardson, who creates and performs her own work as HEX HUE, gives a tour of Northern Ireland's musical landscape today, from punk to pop and beyond, for the third playlist in our series. Learn more about the songs she curated here.

Brian Young


Our playlist series continues with Brian Young, a founding member of Rudi—the “first punk band in Belfast,” and Terri Hooley’s impetus for the Good Vibrations record label. Here, Brian takes us on a musical journey through the songs that inspired him and Rudi, from the '70s to today. Read Brian's stories for each each song here.

Terri Hooley


Our final playlist of the Good Vibrations series features the man who began it all: Terri Hooley! The Belfast punk icon and Good Vibrations record label founder shares a few of his personal favorites. 

Read Terri's reflections on each each song here.

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