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Good Technology was recorded at Fairview Studios, Willerby between the 18th and 28th of April 1983 and re-mixed on the 8th of May. The recording was engineered by Roy Neave and produced by Roy Neave and the Red Guitars.

It was issued as a 7" single on the 24th of June 1983 with Heartbeat Go! (Love Dub) on the b-side. This was the first release on Self Drive Records and had the catalogue number SD006.

The same track was re-released in 7" and 12" formats in April 1984. The 7" (SD009) backed with Paris France, the 12" (SD008T) having an extended mix of Paris France and Fact on the b-side.

The song was voted number eleven in John Peel's Festive Fifty, Christmas 1983.


We've got photographs of men on the moon,
We've got water that is good for us,
We've got coffee that's instantaneous,
We've got buildings that are very tall,
We've got cigarettes that are low in tar,
We've got policemen can tell us who we are,
We can reproduce a work of art,
We've got missiles can tear the world apart,
Good, good, good, good, good, good technology.

We've got trains that run underground,
Aeroplanes that fly very fast,
We've got music that is popular,
We've got machines that sound like orchestras,
We've got ability to transplant a heart,
We've got freezers full of body parts,
We've got computers that can find us friends,
We know roughly when the world will end,
Good, good, good, good, good, good technology.

We've got animals with transistors in,
We've got pills that can make you slim,
We've got factories turning frozen chickens out,
We've got ovens that cook in seconds flat,
We've got plastics that are indestructible,
We've got deodorants that make us smell of flowers,
We've got detergents to clean up the sea,
We've got sounds can turn you inside out!

(guitar solo)

Sometimes I wonder what it is all about?
There's lots of leisure time to sit and work it out.
There's a TV show I've got to see,
Good, good, good, good, good, good technology,
Good technology.


from Good Technology (1982​-​1984), track released June 24, 1983


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Red Guitars were a product of the vibrant Hull music scene of the late 1970s. 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. ... more

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