Good Technology

We've got photographs of men on the moon…

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.

We've got buildings that are very tall…

This was the third attempt to capture Good Technology on tape. The first was recorded by a one‐off ensemble comprising Jerry, Hal, JR, Stuart Ross, Arthur Smee and Mark Douglas at a studio in Mayfield Street in November 1981. The second, by the Czechs, was recorded at Ken Giles' studio in Bridlington, in the Summer of 1982.

Good Technology was released on the 24th of June 1983 as a 7" single with Heartbeat Go! (Love Dub) on the b‐side. It was the first release on Self Drive Records and had the catalogue number SD006. The band played Dingwalls in Hull that evening to launch the single.

The first promo copy went, of course, to John Peel. It is impossible to overestimate John's influence on popular music at that time and we were thrilled when he played Good Technology on his show.

Original Good Technology 7" sleeve.

At about the same time we met Tony K who ran Red Rhino Records in York, part of the Cartel, a coalition of independent music distributors founded by Rough Trade in London and including Probe in Liverpool and Revolver in Bristol. We had heard about Tony K because he had released Spyderman, a single by Hull band the Akrylykz featuring Roland Gift, and we were excited when he offered to distribute Good Technology.

Good Technology lyric sheet by Stuart Ross.

The track was re-released in 7" and 12" formats in April 1984. The 7" (SD009) backed with Paris France, the 12" (SD008) 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.