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Cud performing live in 2012
|Years active||1987–95, 2006 – present|
Reception Records (1987–88)|
Imaginary (1988 –91)
Cud are a British indie rock band formed in Leeds, England in 1987, with an original line up of vocalist Carl Puttnam (born Ilford, Essex), guitarist/keyboardist Mike Dunphy (b. Northumberland), bassist William Potter (b. Derby), and drummer Steve Goodwin (b. Croydon, Surrey).
A Peel Session was followed by a single on Reception Records. Following extensive touring and positive press the band signed to Imaginary Records in 1989. Following three albums (one of which Elvis Belt was a compilation of previously released singles) on Imaginary the band signed with A&M Records in 1991. Although two singles broke into the UK Top 40 and they released two further LPs the band's fortunes declined and the band broke up in early 1995.
Reforming in 2006 to support the release of a greatest hits album, the band continue to tour. However, the band initially reformed with a new guitarist (Felix Frey) and when Mike Dunphy rejoined, the original drummer, Steve Goodwin, decided to stop touring with the band.
The four-piece formed in Leeds in 1987. Their first recording was a Peel Session in June 1987, prompted by a demo tape they sent to John Peel. Their first single, "Mind the Gap", was released on the Wedding Present's Reception Records record label. Their second release, the Peel Sessions EP, was released on Strange Fruit Records in February 1988 - this included a cover version of Hot Chocolate's "You Sexy Thing" which had already featured in the Festive 50 at number 20. After building up a strong local fan base, they were signed by Imaginary Records in 1989, who released their albums, When in Rome, Kill Me and Leggy Mambo.
Cud signed to A&M Records in 1991. The greater spending power at A&M enabled Cud to reach the Top 40 in 1992, with "Rich and Strange" (#24) and "Purple Love Balloon" (#27), as well as reaching number 30 in the UK Albums Chart with fourth album Asquarius. A further Top 40 single followed in 1994 with "Neurotica". 1994's Showbiz would be their last album. Potter was replaced by Mick Dale, who would later join Embrace, shortly before the band broke up in early 1995. They recorded a number of tracks with Dale, (who had played keyboards on earlier Cud releases) although none were commercially released and he did not feature in any live performances at that time. He would however occasionally join the band for live performances throughout 2015-2017.
On 21 November 2001 Puttnam returned to the music scene with the mail order only release Donkey With a Fez On, an album of previously unreleased demo material originally intended for release after the Showbiz album. This was followed by a live performance at the 12 Bar Club in London. Puttnam was accompanied by Alaric Neville and David Lazenby on guitars, and Michael Hurst on melodeon and percussion. The performance was subsequently released on CD in 2002 as the mail order only Chateau de Carles.
Cud reformed to support the release of a double album of their greatest hits entitled Rich and Strange - The Anthology which was released in August 2006 on Universal Records, alongside a brief UK tour to promote it. Dunphy was replaced by Felix Frey on guitar for the tour. The same line-up again reformed for a short tour early in 2008 to support the expanded re-releases of Elvis Belt (now a double album entitled Elvis Belt/Elvis Handbag), Leggy Mambo and Showbiz. At Cud's gig at the Barfly in Liverpool on 6 March 2008 Puttnam suggested, contrary to suggestions on Cud's homepage, that the latest tour would be Cud's last. On 27 April 2008, Cud announced that their final ever gig (entitled "No more Cud!") would take place in Rios Leeds on 3 May 2008. To commemorate the event, a limited-edition CD single was sold, which was supposed to feature a new recording of "Punishment-Reward Relationship", along with live versions of "Now!", "Only", "Living in the Past" and "Strange Kind of Love". This was distributed as a blank printed CDR with the tracks to follow shortly afterwards. To date the songs have not been forthcoming.
Cud reformed again (with Puttnam, Goodwin, Potter & Frey once again) for two gigs during March, 2010, held at the Hootananny Club in London. In 2012 the band did their "Jubilee tour" in support of their album The Complete BBC Sessions released by 3Loop Music. This tour was their first since 2010, and the first to include original guitarist Mike Dunphy in almost 17 years. However, original drummer Steve Goodwin declined to participate so Gogs Byrn completed the lineup. During the tour the band performed live on Marc Riley's BBC 6 Music Show. The band played further shows later in the year with The Wedding Present, Carter USM & Ned's Atomic Dustbin including a sell-out show at Brixton Academy.
In 2013 Steve Lamacq premiered Cud's first new single in 17 years; a double-A side titled 'Louise/Mexico'. The band toured in November 2013 together with Ned's Atomic Dustbin. With the release of the single "Victoria" in 2014, Cud performed several support gigs across the UK in October. In 2015 the band played several dates in the UK in September, and appeared at the 'Shiiine On Weekender' in Minehead on 8 November. They have also appeared at the 'Gigantic' indie music festival in Manchester in April 2014 and 2016. That year Puttnam and Dunphy, performing 'alternative' versions of Cud songs under the name 'Carefree Sud' played a series of shows including the Beautiful Days festival. This offshoot also featured as support band to Cud themselves at The Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds. The band appeared again at the 'Shiiine On Weekender' in November 2016, and returned for a third time in November 2017. They also completed a tour throughout 2017 where they played a set consisting of all of their 20 single releases.
A 2018 seven-date tour entitled 'Just The Good Ones' will kick off in Manchester in October.
- "Mind the Gap" (Reception 1987)
- "The Peel Sessions: Cud" (UK Strange Fruit 1988)
- "Under My Hat" (UK Ediesta 1988)
- "Slack Time" (UK Dug/Nightshift 1988)
- "Lola" (UK Imaginary MIRAGE 1989)
- "Only (A Prawn in Whitby)" (Imaginary MIRAGE 1989)
- "Hey! Wire" (UK Imaginary MIRAGE 1990)
- "Robinson Crusoe" (UK Imaginary MIRAGE 1990)
- "Backdoor Santa" (fanclub flexi-disc 1990)
- "Magic" (UK Imaginary MIRAGE 1991)
- "Oh No Won't Do" (UK A&M 1991)
- "Through the Roof" (UK A&M 1992)
- "Rich and Strange" (UK A&M 1992)
- "Purple Love Balloon" (UK A&M 1992)
- "Once Again" (UK A&M 1992)
- "Cud's Ode to Christmas Joy" (fanclub flexi-disc 1992)
- "Neurotica" (UK A&M 1994)
- "Sticks and Stones" (UK A&M (1994)
- "One Giant Love" (UK A&M 1994)
- "Louise/Mexico" (UK Tonka 2013)
- “Victoria” (UK Tonka 2015)
UK singles chart history
|Year||Single||Peak Chart Positions||Album|
|Oct 1990||"Robinson Crusoe"||86||Leggy Mambo|
|Oct 1991||"Oh No Won't Do"||49|
|Mar 1992||"Through The Roof"||44||Asquarius|
|May 1992||"Rich & Strange"||24|
|Aug 1992||"Purple Love Balloon"||27|
|Oct 1992||"Once Again"||45||Asquarius|
|Apr 1994||"Sticks and Stones"||68|
|Sep 1994||"One Giant Love"||52|
|Release date||Album details|
|12 June 1989||''When in Rome, Kill Me''
|18 June 1990||''Elvis Belt''
|22 October 1990||''Leggy Mambo''
|29 June 1992||''Asquarius''
|7 August 2006||''Rich and Strange - The Anthology''