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Newsflash! Red Guitars: ‘Good Technology’ 40th anniversary gig

Red Guitars are to play a “special gig” at O’Rileys on June 24, marking 40 years to the day since the release of their classic single, Good Technology.

To mark the anniversary the band are releasing an extended remix of Good Technology on the same day, which will be available in a limited edition 12-inch red vinyl, all signed by the band. A remix of Fact, the second single, is included.

At the gig, as well as a full set of old favourites, the band will unveil some new songs from their forthcoming album set for release in 2024. Terra Fin, who supported Red Guitars on last year’s reunion tour, will again open the show.

UPDATE regarding the 12″ vinyl – good news! The Good Technology 12″ remix is now going to be distributed by Cargo, same release date, June 24th 2023. We are awaiting news of when we can take orders for pre-sales. Will keep you posted!

The Good Technology release party will be followed by a newly commissioned video and UK tour later in 2023.

Anniversary gig Saturday 24th June at O’Rileys, 83 Beverley Rd, Hull HU3 1XR, doors 7 pm, tickets £17.50 plus bf from, Disc Discovery, 53 Spring Bank, Hull HU3 1AG.

Good Technology 2023 plus Fact (remix) and Good Technology (extended mix) will be available on 12” red vinyl from Red Guitars website and good record stores from June 24th 2023. Released on the band’s own Self Drive Records Catalogue number SCAR 16T, distributed by Cargo.

Red Guitars walking photo by Richard Duffy-Howard
Red Guitars 1983 photo by Syd Shelton

Red Guitars were a product of the vibrant Hull music scene of the late 1970s and early 80s. Encouraged by a review of their demo tape in the Melody Maker the band recorded a single, Good Technology, and released it on their own Self Drive label. John Peel played it on the radio, Tyne Tees Television filmed them for the Tube and Johnny Marr invited them to tour with the Smiths. They were up and running. Good Technology made number 11 in John Peel’s Festive 50. Further singles Fact, Steeltown and Marimba Jive followed, and debut album Slow to Fade was released in November 1984.

“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.”  Good Technology, Paul Du Noyer, NME

This site covers the original Red Guitars, before they signed to Virgin Records, when the line-up was Jeremy Kidd, Matt Higgins, Lou Duffy-Howard, Hallam Lewis and John Rowley.