Cud to end the week. Formed in 1987 and getting their first recording session based on a demo tape sent to John Peel, who booked the band and got word-of-mouth started from the June 16th session at the BBC‘s Maida Vale Studios. Shortly after that, they were signed by Reception Records and their debut single was Mind The Gap, the first song on this session.
Their second release was actually this Peel session, issued as The Peel Sessions ep on Strange Fruit Records, came out in 1988. All this time they were building up a strong fanbase, which paid off when they were officially signed to Imaginary Records, and their debut album, When In Rome, Kill Me, came out on June 12, 1989 where it reached Number 3 on the UK Indie Album charts.
All this eventually led to being signed by A&M and where they issued their 3rd album, Asquarius which reached the UK top 30 and were designated one of the “Essential Dozen Britpop Albums To Add To Your Collection” by Q Magazine. It hit the top 30 in the UK album charts, but didn’t chart at all in the U.S.
But all that wasn’t enough to keep the band from eventually calling it quits in 1995, after releasing five albums and nineteen singles. They did reunite in 2006 and are still together, having just finished a tour where they played all nineteen single releases in concert.
Tonight, it’s Cud’s debut Peel session; the first of three sessions the band would do between 1987 and 1989. It’s the one that kicked off a successful run for as long as it lasted the first time around.
A band which had a large and loyal audience and much good press on their side.
Crank it up and get ready for the weekend.