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.
June 24th 2013 was the 30th anniversary of the release of Red Guitars first single Good Technology. The lyrics – written by Stuart Ross – comprise a whole songful of evocative lines including the prophetic “We’ve got computers that can find us friends. To celebrate this momentous occasion we had a bit of fun with our computer-found friends on the RGs Facebook and RGs Twitter pages with a competition to write a new line for the song.
Click here to check out the competition winning new lyrics.
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:
Red Guitars live January 24th 1984, Marimba Jive
Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard – Visit our Home Page