In the early days Lou was the bassist in Red Guitars. First single Good Technology was championed by the late, great John Peel who played it on Radio One. It made number 1 in the Indie chart and number 11 in his Festive Fifty.
Two albums, a handful of Peel sessions and top ten Indie hits later they had toured with The Smiths, appeared on The Tube, The Old Grey Whistle Test, Oxford Road Show, John Peel’s Sounds of the Suburbs and a bunch of of European TV shows. They were fiercely independent, played hundreds of gigs and eventually went out to dinner with Richard Branson, and signed to Virgin Records … you can still visit them on the Red Guitars Website here and on the Red Guitars Facebook page here.
Click here to read Tim Naylor’s excellent Red Guitars feature in Record Collector Magazine.
Good Technology – In the words of Paul Du Noyer in the NME on 27/08/83
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.
When John Peel came to Hull…
Have a listen to some memories and music on the HU Arts and Culture Show, in conversation with Russ Litten:
And in conversation with David Eastaugh as part of his tremendous archive of radio interviews on the C68 Show on Future Radio: Click here
Red Guitars live January 24th 1984, Marimba Jive
Out take from the No Jive session by Rock Against Racism photographer Syd Shelton
And what’s going on here? We can’t remember….
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