Monday, 28 June 2010

Monday Moments - Good Technology

The Red Guitars released 2 lps but with a change in singer and main songwriter, the lps they released sounded like they were by different bands. In the early days the band married indie guitars with sparkling African style playing and rhythms at a time when it was pretty revolutionary and way before Paul Simon recruited South African musicians for Graceland.

This week's monday moment however comes from an early pre debut lp single and is a straight forward bit of European guitar music. It was one of those songs that I heard on Annie Nightingale's sunday request show and immediately stopped whatever I was doing to turn the volume up

My monday moment is after about 10 secs when the first spike of guitar happens. It is one of my favourite lyrics bu the last verse really does it for me as relevant now as it ever was except maybe it would now be "There is a box set that I've got to see"

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

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

Good Technology - The Red Guitars


  1. Great track - remember seeing a video of this on The Tube. Good Technology still gets played regularly around these parts along with the rest of the Diving For Pearls album.

  2. blimey scott - didn't know they got round to doing a video - I'll go searching on youtube

  3. Here is the link to the very video that I first saw about 25 years ago.


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