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about

Steeltown was recorded at Fairview Studios, Willerby. The recording was engineered by Roy Neave and produced by Roy Neave and the Red Guitars.

The track was released in 7" (SCAR010) and 12" (SCAR010T) formats on Friday 22nd of June 1984 by Self Drive Records. Both versions had Within 4 Walls on the b-side.

The band performed Steeltown and Fact live on the BBC's Whistle Test on Friday 20th January 1984.

lyrics

I hear the steeltown is closing down,
All the mills are rusting.
Everybody's got a new car,
With the redundancy money they pay.
Things are looking grim,
See the wolves, they're closing in.
It doesn't matter how I vote,
The same confederacy of fools get in.

Eh-arrumba sing a simple song,
Steeltown is closing down.

Steel is the backbone,
Of every modern nation.
Mills are closing down,
There's an end to moderation.
The pound is coming down,
Economy's inflating.
People on the streets,
It's the second industrial revolution.

Eh-arrumba sing a simple song,
Steeltown is closing down.
Steal away a steeltown,
Steal away a way of life.

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from Good Technology (1982​-​1984), track released June 22, 1984
Kidd/Lewis

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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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