Artist: Red Guitars

by on 25th October 2016

(Photo: Red Guitars)

Years Active:



Jeremy Kidd (vocals) (1982-1985)
Hallam Lewis (guitar)
John Rowley (guitar)
Lou Howard (bass)
Matt Higgins (drums)

Robert Holmes (vocals) (1985-1986)


The Red Guitars were a product of the vibrant music scene which existed in Hull in the late 1970s and early 80s. Debut single Good Technology was championed by the late, great John Peel who played it on his Radio One show. It made number 1 in the Indie chart and number 11 in Peel’s Festive Fifty of 1983. Two albums and a handful of Peel sessions and top ten Indie hits later, they had toured with The Smiths, appeared on The Tube, The Old Grey Whistle Test, Oxford Road Show, John Peel’s Sounds of the Suburbs and loads of European TV shows. They were fiercely independent, played hundreds of gigs, went out to dinner with Richard Branson, and eventually signed to Virgin Records. They went their separate ways in the mid 80s but still get together once in a blue moon.

(Lou Duffy-Howard)



Slow To Fade (LP, Cassette) – Self Drive Records, 1984

Tales Of The Expected (LP, Cassette, CD) – Virgin, 1986

Seven Types Of Ambiguity: BBC Sessions 1983-1986 (CD) – RPM, 2000

Slow To Fade + Bonus Tracks (CD) – Cherry Red, 2002

Good Technology (1982-1984) (CD) – Self Drive Records, 2007


Good Technology (7″) – Self Drive Records, 1983

Fact (7″) – Self Drive Records, 1983

Good Technology (7″/12″) – Self Drive Records, 1984

Steeltown (7″/12″) – Self Drive Records, 1984

Marimba Jive (7″/12″) – Self Drive Records, 1984

Be With Me (7″/12″) – One Way Records, 1985

National Avenue (Sunday Afternoon) (7″/12″) – Virgin, 1986

America And Me (7″/12″) – Virgin, 1986

Blue Caravan (7″/12″) – Virgin, 1986

House Of Love (12″) – Virgin, 1986 (Canadian promo)


Lou recalls the early Red Guitars recording sessions in this 2016 video from the Fairview @ 50 project.