Red Guitars

Good Technology (1982-1984)

Image of Red Guitars - Good Technology (1982-1984)
Record Label
Self Drive Records

About this item

Red Guitars, indie favourites of the 1980’s, reformed in 2022 for a UK tour promoted by AEG Presents.

The tour was so successful that the original line-up are recording a new album and planning a tour to promote it for Autumn 2023.

June marks 40 years since their debut single “Good Technology” came out and the band are releasing a limited edition, red vinyl 12” extended remix and video to celebrate the anniversary.

This CD contains all the tracks from their “Slow To Fade” album plus the four singles released by the original line-up on their own Self Drive Records label. RED GUITARS - one of the finest and most successful bands to come out of Hull - have reunited! With their complete and original line-up, the band hit the road for a run of UK shows in April 2022.

Red Guitars were formed around the partnership of singer Jeremy Kidd and guitarist Hallam Lewis. Initially cutting their teeth playing benefit shows for a series of left-wing causes, Red Guitars quickly built a loyal following, before launching an assault on the charts with a series of singles via their own Self Drive Records label that would see them earn national renown. Proving an instant hit with their debut single "Good Technology", which shifted an impressive 60,000 copies on their own Self Drive Records label, they went on to top the independent charts with consecutive No.1 hits "Steeltown" and Marimba Jive".

Forging their own infectious sound with a unique blend of Indie rock and African rhythms, the band were invited to perform on cult 1980s Channel 4 music show The Tube, the BBC's Whistle Test and six BBC Radio One sessions, two of them for John Peel. Having reached a wide audience by supporting The Smiths on their breakthrough tour, the band went on to perform extensively in the UK and Europe. They released their seminal debut album "Slow To Fade" in 1984, but frontman Jeremy Kidd announced his departure soon after and Red Guitars ultimately disbanded completely two years later. “Good Technology is one of those tracks that grabs you by the ears on first listen, the sort of thing that even before it's halfway through you know you love. Tense pulsing background with sharp spikes of guitar, it's clearly not long after early Talking Heads and New Romantics. It swells and spreads expansive and awkward, but the thing that sets it apart and makes it worthy of remembering 20 years on is the arresting lyric.” Dust On The Stylus Blog - “Via one delicious melody and an ominously building beat, Red Guitars itemise the sundry achievements of modern science, from underarm personal hygiene to the hardware of instant Armageddon. In so doing, the song constructs an unforgettable vision of a world that's grown too clever by one-and-a-half at least.” Paul Du Noyer reviewing Good Technology in the NME on 27/08/83. 


Good Technology
Heartbeat Go!
Paris France
Within Four Walls
Jamaican Homecoming
Remote Control
Cloak And Dagger
Crocodile Tears
Shaken Not Stirred
Sting In The Tale
Marimba Jive
Slow To Fade

Back to top