Four-piece Cud recorded a Peel session before putting anything down on vinyl, JP being sufficiently impressed by their demo tape. You Sexy Thing (FF 1987 #20) is from that 16 June 1987 extravaganza, and it also contained their subsequent first single, Mind The Gap (paid for by royalties from the session, and costing £300). By this time they were signed to the Wedding Present’s Reception label.
The band, from Leeds, had reportedly formed after finding a drum kit in a skip. And their name?
The name was chosen not for its glamorous and inviting connotations, but because, with just three letters it would look big on posters. This theory only worked if the poster designer gave the band names the same amount of space as opposed to the same font size as was more likely the case. It could have been worse. ‘Allez Cud Dem Nid Du Prog’ was one early rejected proposal. Or we could have been called Limp Bizkit. [William Potter, bass player, from the official Cud website-which makes a good read-SIG]
The Hot Chocolate cover had been included since it went down a storm at their Leeds Polytechnic gigs, especially with the tempo speeded up towards the end. It was released as a radio-only promo backed by the Electro Hippies’ Mega Armageddon Death (running time: 1 second).
The band’s popularity in the wake of constant gigging and another Peel session made for the release of their sixth single, Only (A Prawn In Whitby) (FF 1989 #15) and an album, When In Rome Kill Me (remastered and reissued last year). The song was originally titled ‘Only a Day in Clichy’, but was retitled after Martin Baker claimed to have seen vegetarian Morrissey eating seafood. (It turned out to be a lookalike.) Cud’s sound has leanings towards funk, but also a meaty, drum-reliant sound that proclaimed them as not just another bunch of Weddoes wannabes. More success was to come, including several UK top 40 singles. However, the occasionally impenetrable nature of their lyrics (even William has said that the ‘rock opera’ making up the first side of Rome doesn’t make much sense) ultimately failed to endear them to a mainstream audience before their split in 1995 and reformation in 2006. Their MySpace contains details about upcoming gigs (as of writing, they are still on tour). Moreover, Gary at Rare Indie Classics has had the initiative to attempt a remix of some of their songs, including Whitby, and you can snaffle those here.