CUD Show & Kill tour

Finally, CUD have announced our tour for 2019. It’s not a long one, but it’s ambitious.

60723700_2187875844627724_2358607683172433920_nAs well as two ‘best of’ shows in Sheffield and Stowmarket, we’re planning two ‘weekenders’ in Leeds and London, with a different set each night.

Here are the shows, with ticket links:
Friday Oct 4 Sheffield Leadmill
Tickets here

Saturday Oct 5 Stowmarket John Peel Centre
Tickets here

Friday Oct 25: Leeds Brudenell Centre
Saturday Oct 26: Leeds Brudenell Centre
Tickets here

Friday Nov 1: London Islington 02 Academy2
Tickets here

Saturday Nov 2: London Lexington
Tickets here

For the Leeds and London shows, we’ll be celebrating the 30thanniversary of our first album, ‘When in Rome Kill Me’ by playing the whole of the ‘rock opera’.
On the Saturday, for its 25thyear, and for the very first time, we’re playing the whole of ‘Showbiz’.


If you want to see both shows – and why wouldn’t you? – there are discounted combined tickets available for the Leeds shows. See you there!

Rich & Strange: Complete Sleevenotes

For the recent Black Crown Omnibus of the CUD Band comic strip (by Will, Carl and artist Philip Bond), Will wrote some lengthy sleevenotes, too many to fit in the book. With special permission from Shelly Bond, here are the unexpurgated notes to read along with the comic book (still available in all good comic stores).

Music_memoirThe comic-book adventure Rich and Strange had a nebulous aim to tell the tale of British indie combo CUD’s unmeteoric rise to renown, subsequent slump and accidental revival. We framed it within a semi-fictional turn, where the writers were attempting to revive their musical fortunes later in life than is sensible. But where does fact become fiction? Which events have been changed to protect the idiot? This complementary commentary may confuse the subject even further by making wild claims that some of the story is true and less believable than the lovingly engineered strip would have you think.

Page 1. Panel 1. Rather than start humbly, here we stake our claim that CUD were a genuine band, with some success, despite our efforts to sabotage our career. We had records out and got in the charts and, as a result of the comic-strip, made it big a second time, or so was the plan…
Glastonbury is the UK’s biggest outdoor festival. 1992 was a rare mud-free, not CUD-free affair.

Here, I must praise talented and tireless letterist Aditya Bidikar for adding the lines under the U in CUD. This harks back to an early logo when the U was a cow’s udder, complete with three teats. (Cue joke: How many tits are in CUD?)

Lyrics: ‘Eau Water’.

Panels 2-3. The original script had Carl listening to a prog tune he is more likely to play in the dressing room. For legal reasons, we switched it to CUD’s ‘Love in a Hollow Tree’, which he wouldn’t play in the dressing room. Currently, he plays a lot of Cheap Trick.

Page 2. Panels 1-2. Carl is particular about his tipple, having spent some years in the wine trade. I deferred to him here as to the vintages. The Duband Vosne Romanée is recommended served with a salad of pigs’ feet in truffles..

cud-leggyNote the seated doll in panel 1. This is Space Baby, a plastic knick-knack picked up on a tour of Poland, made cover star of our 1990 LP ‘Leggy Mambo’ and an unpopular T-shirt. He reappears later.

Panel 3. Lyrics: ‘Purple Love Balloon’.

Panel 4. There are hints throughout that other 90s British indie bands ended up in Dying Embers. Matt Cheslin is the bass player in Ned’s Atomic Dustbin. I wrote a whole scene with him later, which had to be cut, involving me leaving my used colostomy bag as an exploding cushion on his seat.

Panel 5. Mangal is a Turkish restaurant in East London.
I love the fact that old Carl and I spend the whole adventure without trousers. And me without undies either.

Page 3. Panel 1. 17 years after out last gig currently places this adventure in 2035.

Panel 4. We got Mike to contribute here, choosing his favourite yellow Telecaster, bottled Newkie Brown ale and cuss words.

Page 4. Panel 1. This is close to how our first gig went. There is actual filmed footage of it online, here…

At the time, Carl and I were Fine Art students. Mike studied Graphic Design (alongside comics ace Duncan Fegredo, as it happens).

Panel 2. Carl believes that a key theme of Rich & Strange is misremembering, with him recollecting our CUD adventures and perceiving events differently to me. That’s not how I remember it.
Lyrics: ‘Mind the Gap’.

Panel 4. True! Mike saw Carl and me play in our synth pop duo, Planet Wobblers, and offered his services as a bass player. We put him on guitar and in CUD instead. He bought the guitar for 50 quid from a mail-order catalogue.

Panel 5. True! We rescued bits of a drum kit before another bunch of kids smashed them to pieces.

Panel 6. Lyrics: ‘Art!’.

Page 5. Panel 3. Shelly insisted there be some cute women in the story because Philip Bond draws cute women, which is as good a reason as any.

Page 6. Panel 1. Kudos to colorer Lee Loughbridge for his cool cupboard blues here, flashback, cigarette-tinted tawny greys and the fawn and yellow splendour of Dying Embers’ lounge.


Panel 3. Flatmate and manager (for want of a person more available) Zed Baxter was indeed a Scrabble guru and enjoyed half an hour of fame as a contestant on long-running Channel 4 anagram-busting gameshow Countdown. He was also an ordained minister, albeit for the Church of Subgenius, and subject to a fee of $35.

Panel 4. Planet Wobblers (see above) was the name of a synth-pop duo that Carl and I performed as when other members of CUD went AWOL. Like a Pound Shop Pet Shop Boys.

Page 7. Panel 1. The original name for the original version of the band was Allez Cud Dem Nidd Du Prog, somewhat catchier than the name we settled on, I’m sure no one will agree. The River Nidd dribbles through North Yorkshire.

Panel 2. We did play the Hot Klub in Stalowa Wola, Poland in 1989.

Panel 3. A genuine issue in the Netherlands, this, and probably one reason that we rarely toured the Continent. That, and the fact no one wanted us.

Panel 5. These headlines are all from genuine press clippings that we provided for Philip. Others that missed the cut include Popular Chewnes, Holy Cow!, Never Kowtow, Just Be Cud To Me, Cow Soon Is Now?, and Udderly Fab-tastic!

Page 8. Panel 2. Another indie band name drop, David Gedge of The Wedding Present, who writes his own line of biographical comic books. Thank/blame the Weddoes for giving CUD our first break.


Page 9. Panel 1. This large panel is awesome! We were so lucky to have Philip Bond draw this strip. But this isn’t the first time Philip has drawn CUD. Back in the heyday, he worked on several singles inserts and an amazing poster for the album ‘Asquarius’, along with genii Glyn Dillon and Jamie Hewlett.
Lyrics: ‘Strange Kind of Love’.

Page 10. Panel 5. In real life, Mike does live in a mansion of sorts, with penguins for neighbours.

Page 11. Panel 4. Again, there is video evidence for this (above). I had booked a US road trip when CUD were offered a slot on Vic Reeves’ music/comedy show ‘Popadoodledandy’. Friend (and bass player) Jessica mimed my part too well. A longer version of the script included examples of times every member of the band missed a show. How many do we need to still get paid? 

Panel 5. Love Philip’s CUD tots here, enough to rewrite history that we all met in indie kindergarten.

Page 12. Panel 1. Another pop star ref here. Look it up.

Panel 2. Space Baby, the traitor!


Panel 4. In 1987, having just spent £50 on our first studio recording, Carl sent a cassette to Peel and got the offer of a BBC session within the week! When we next turned up at Carl’s house to rehearse, he asked us which day would suit for going to London to record it. We laughed at this hilarious joke…until he picked up the phone and called the BBC…

Tragically, the BBC are now considering moving out of Maida Vale – the home of countless pivotal recordings.

Panel 5. Gee, us and cover versions. Don’t think we chose any seriously, as fans. ‘You Sexy Thing’ was just something we played at parties but it sure got us attention.

Page 13. Panel 1. Ex-Mott drummer Dale Griffin worked as a BBC Radio 1 session producer from 1981 to 1994.

Panel 2. I knew our drummer tried this but only recently confirmed the rumour that Bonham lined his kick drum with foil.

Page 14. Panel 4. I’ll credit Shelly again here for saying there ought to be some entertainment put on for the Embers gang. An indie tribute act seemed fitting.

Panel 5. Here, I reveal the original plot, had the series lived on for several more episodes, while Carl quotes lyrics again – this from ‘Now’.

Page 15. Panel 4. CUD found their drums in a skip, and now we’re full circle. Almost like it was planned.

Panel 6. Just had to drop in to our local.

Page 16. Panel 4. Carl came up with the idea that the ‘new’ CUD should sing twisted versions of our old tunes. This, of course, is a play on ‘Rich and Strange’. Maybe we should add it to our live set.


Page 17. Panel 6. True. That bloody blue van! Nice painting on the side, but it had to be tow-started every time. We drove it all the way from Leeds, north England to western Poland. In winter. Even during this period of communism, Trabants and empty shelves, the Eastern European locals found our vehicle lacking.

Page 18. Panel 1. For this reason I am not allowed a mic on stage. Instead I feed Carl lines for him to sensibly ignore.

Page 18. Panel 5. A play on our tune ‘Hey, Boots’. (You should really give these songs a listen on some streaming service, or whatever.)

Page 19. Panel 1. See what we did there? (See page 4).

Panel 2. “Same faces from seventeen years ago.” We play to the same faces from 25 years ago now. Don’t see why this would change. Lyric is a spin on ‘I’ve Had It with Blondes’.

Panel 3. Lyric is a spin on ‘Now.

Page 20. Panel 1. Lyric is a spin on ‘Only (A Prawn in Whitby)’.

Page 21. Panel 1. I might be out the band when Mike sees this panel. (We didn’t share the script with the rest of the group.)

Panel 2.Boom-tish! Will there be a Side Two? (CUD did once release a one-sided single.) I had a sequel idea involving a quest to find the drummers from CUD but, for now, it’s a wrap.

Panel 3.Current drummer, Gogs, finally gets a look-in here. I did write a scene for him, as a scalper selling worthless CUD show tickets, but it didn’t make the cut. Sorry, Gogs.

And we end, where we began, singing our hit. Ta-ra!


CUD: Rich & Strange is available in Black Crown Omnibus through all good comic-book stores. Signed copies of Black Crown Quarterly #4, with wraparound CUD cover and 10 pages of story are available through the CUD shop.

CUD collected in Black Crown Omnibus


Have you been lapping up the comic-book adventures of the CUD Band by bandmates/co-writers Will Potter & Carl Puttnam and artist Philip Bond in Black Crown Quarterly? Don’t miss out! The full story of CUD: Rich & Strange, and more is now available in one blockbuster volume: Black Crown Omnibus, out today in all good comic-book stores.


The 240-page volume includes every page, every cover, exclusive ‘sleevenotes’ by Will to guide you through the Easter Eggs, Carl and Will’s favourite tunes and books, plus an extra “Hey, Amateur!” strip written by Will.


As well as CUD: Rich and Strange, the book includes the complete Tales from the Black Crown Pub by award-winner Rob Davis and Cannonball Comics by Leah Moore and Dilraj Mann. Special features include Hey, Amateur, Beat Surrender, creator interviews, and a (ghost) walking tour through Canon Street. All this plus the annotated first issues of Black Crown launch titles: Kid Lobotomy, Assassinistas and Punks Not Dead make this a must-have package of the latest in art and alchemy!


Black Crown Omnibus is available today in comic book stores, Amazon and digital comic sites.

CUD’s Top 10


A month or so ago we asked you to vote for your favourite 10 CUD songs from every one we’ve recorded, to help us choose the ‘Good Ones’ to play on the next tour (above).
Well, here are the results!

  1. I’ve Had it with Blondes
  2. Hey, Boots
  3. Only (A Prawn in Whitby)
  4. Strange Kind of Love
  5. Purple Love Balloon
  6. Robinson Crusoe
  7. Rich and Strange
  8. Push and Shove
  9. Magic
  10. Bibi Couldn’t See

So, there’s a lot of When in Rome Kill Me and Leggy Mambo in here, and few surprises. But we’ve committed ourselves to playing these on the next tour and that’s what we’ll be do. But, for those bothered that their choices didn’t make the cut, no fear – this is only about half the songs we intend to play each night.

And regarding the tour, both Leeds and Manchester shows are now sold out, so hurry and grab tickets for the other shows!

Rich & Strange – the finale

BCQ04_cover-wrapThe final instalment of ‘Rich & Strange: The Return of the CUD Band’ is ahoy, and it’s a marathon 10-page chapter presented in a special wraparound cover by regular dream artist Philip Bond, with stage lighting by colourist Lee Loughridge.

BCQ04_panel_1Next Wednesday, you’ll find Black Crown Quarterly #4 in all good comic-book stores. Look for the big shiny Carl on the cover. Part 4 features Old Carl and Will’s plans to escape Dying Embers and thwart Mike’s plans to replace them with a younger, more handsome band. Plus, CUD’s first Peel session, secret drummer tips, the cursed van and Gogs at last! BCQ04_panel_2The mag also features the final part of Rob Davis’ ‘Tales of the Black Crown’ and a special ‘Hey, Amateur!’ by Will Potter and Katie Shelly. Enjoy this exclusive preview of the goodies ahead.BCQ04_panel_3Black Crown Quarterly #4 is out Wednesday October 3. We’ll bring some copies on next month’s tour too.



CUD return to Shiiine On Weekender

New CUD date alert!

In what is becoming something of a happy annual fixture for us, the band are returning to play the Shiiine On Weekender in November by popular demand!

Following our ‘Good Ones’ tour of October/November, CUD are joining the Saturday November 17 line-up which is headlined by Ocean Colour Scene. Other big acts on the weekend bill include Orbital, Shed Seven, Sleeper and Peter Hook.


The venue once again is Butlin’s massive Minehead Arena. Tickets can be bought here.

And don’t forget to use the promo code NCB10 for a discounted rate.

Shiiine On is a fantastic event and we can’t wait to return. See you in November!

CUD ‘Good Ones’ Tour supports revealed

Turn up early for the CUD tour dates. We have some great support acts lined up.

First up, our friends Jack Adaptor will be playing three dates:

Fri October 26 Manchester Night & Day

Sat October 27 Leicester The Shed

and Sat November 10 London O2 Islington Academy

If you don’t already know, Jack Adaptor feature former Family Cat vocalist Paul Frederick with guitarist Christopher Cordoba. They have a brilliant new album ‘The Spoiler Versions’ out now. Here’s a taster.

Click here for more info.

Post-punk Leicester legends Yeah Yeah Noh, who reformed in 2010, are supporting us in Birmingham.

Fri November 2 Birmingham Castle & Falcon

Click here for the band’s FaceBook page.

and finally, Fri November 9 Leeds Wardrobe, 

we have the excellent Galaxians, who some of you may have seen play before CUD at Wakefield Long Division.

Click here for more on the band.

Leeds will also have the benefit of DJ Templehead at the decks.

We look forward to seeing you all in October/November!

Talking Music and Comics ‘tour’

Music_memoirWant to know more about the creative process behind the CUD ‘Rich & Strange’ comic strip, or hear some hoary tales of the band’s adventures in space and time?

Well, Will and Carl are going on a two-day talkie tour of sorts.

On Saturday 14 July both Carl and Will are joining “Twisting my Memory, Man”, a two-day programme of talks, performances and a chance to chat with like-minded music fans and readers.

Will and Carl will be discussing their comic strip Rich and Strange: The Return of the CUD Band (published in Black Crown Quarterly), plus Tom Hingley of the Inspiral Carpets will be opening the event on the Friday with a talk about his own memoir Carpet Burns.

The event takes place at the Students’ Union, York St John University.
For more info and tickets, click here.

On Thursday 19 July, Will will be at Graphic Brighton, with The Meow Meows’ Danny Noble and Howlround’s Robin the Fog, talking about their crossover interest in music and comics before a screening of Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated, the classic 1968 zombie movie reinterpreted by 100 artists with a new live soundtrack DJed by Robin the Fog.

The free event takes place at 7pm at The Phoenix, Brighton.
For more info and free tickets, click here.

CUD 2018 Tour Dates are here!


Yes, CUD are heading back on the road again!
No gimmicks. No theme. No anniversary. CUD are playing ALL their best songs.

These are the dates for your diary.
Tickets are on sale from Friday 1st June 9am:

Fri October 26 Manchester Night & Day

Sat October 27 Leicester The Shed

Thu November 1 Newcastle Riverside

Fri November 2 Birmingham Castle & Falcon

Sat November 3 Glasgow O2 ABC 2

Fri November 9 Leeds Wardrobe

Sat November 10 London O2 Islington Academy

Click on the dates for ticket-site links. Spread the word!