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Marimba Jive was recorded at Fairview Studios, Willerby in August 1984. The recording was engineered by Roy Neave and produced by Roy Neave and the Red Guitars. It was issued in 7" (SCAR14) and 12" (SCAR14T) formats on the 21st of August 1984 with Heartbeat Go! on the b-side.

The single was Adrian Thrills Single of the Week in the NME on 20th of October 1984 and went to Number One in the Independent charts.


They've got ways to dislocate a culture
Boss your soul and make you look so much older
Shine a light in your pale eyes
Loose the truth in a complex of lies
The brutalist tradition.

They try to keep my marimba under
Sap her strength and steal her thunder
We wanna rock, we wanna roll, we wanna rumba
Dance another dance and roll another number - yeah
Imperial tradition.

The land is rich but the country's barren
The table top and the golden hem
The wire tap, the rule of the baton
They need marimba just to liberate them
Apartheid tradition.

So strike a note on the x-y-i-lophone
Strike a chord in the coldest heart
Marimba jive - jive and survive!
Marimba rings long distance
Join the birds and fly south for the winter.


from Good Technology (1982​-​1984), track released August 21, 1984


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Red Guitars Hull, UK

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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