One of my favourite Red Guitar songs!
This is a newly created video for Red Guitars single Steeltown. It combines the opening sequence of Penny Woolcock’s 1987 film “When the Dog Bites”, shot in Consett, with some footage of Red Guitars performing “Steeltown” at the Leadmill, Sheffield on January 28th 1984.
Steeltown was one of the Old Grey Whistle Test. The band was supposed to be picking me up at Woodall services, but something went wrong and I had to hitch a lift. A hippy in a Morris Minor used the sun instead of an A-Z to get me to the BBC. We drove all round London. I got there just in the nick of time.
Consett Steelworks, once Europe’s largest, was closed down by the Thatcher government in 1980. The song Steeltown was inspired by a visit to Consett in the aftermath of the closure when its devastating impact on the local community was becoming…
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