(above) Would you buy a debut album from this man?
The wordless cover to ‘When in Rome, Kill Me’ – Cover star, Mr John Farrell.
(All the cash had to be given back.)
12 Jun 1989
LP ‘When in Rome, Kill Me’ released.
CUD receive CD copies, yet none of them yet own CD players (It’s the late ’80s fer chrissakes!).
Nottingham, Old Vic Tavern, where hardly anyone turns up and the bastards never pay up! (Good start for an LP tour!)
Bradford, Queens Hall
(This is more like it – a big, mad-for-it crowd, long, well-played set and stage invasion.)
Carl and Steve interviewed in Leeds around the time of ‘When in Rome, Film Me’ for televisual programme ‘Transmission’.
The band play ‘When in Rome, Kill Me’ in order, with keyboards, cellist, and guest actor, Johnny Money. Great night, but Martin, as promotor, lost £120.
(NOTE: This performance is now available on CD from Gabriel Tonka Productions.)
Reviews (below) were not so bad. They seemed surprised that CUD had tunes.
Now, there’s apt name for a venue!
CUD go back to school, with a gig at South Elmsall Minsthorpe School
Mike threatens to quit when Carl and Steve turn up 75 minutes late for practice. He was chased and calmed down. Despite low morale, the new songs are sounding great.
Wakefield Park outdoor festival
William and Martin arrange a £1250 bank loan to buy a tour van. Unfortunately, Martin chooses a wreck that has been parked for 6 months and used as a chicken coup. It had a lovely merry-go-round painted on the side, which is its only charm. It will prove to be the bane of the forthcoming East European tour…
Blyth Sports Centre (with Primal Scream and The Pastels, left).
(Only/Only (album version) bw Living in the Past/Everybody Works so Hard
(from 2nd Peel session)
Cannock, Bowling Green
CUD record a version of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ for an Anti-Poll Tax compilation of No.1 singles, ‘Alvin Lives in Leeds’. The band are coerced into this choice by their manager and enter Lion Studios in Leeds to record it with no prior rehearsal. That’s why it sounds like it does.
(NOTE: Years later, William meets Brian May and sends him a cassette copy. Brian never writes back.)
Bradford, Queens Hall
Futurama 6 at Bradford Palace.
The event is filmed by Jettisoundz for video release. Copies are rare.
The show order keeps changing throughout the day, nudging CUD to 5 hours later than originally scheduled, after headliners The Fall and James, to when the last buses home are leaving. Despite this, CUD earn the only stage invasion of the whole day, with a mere 15-minute set.
After a petty argument at the Blyth gig weeks earlier, CUD piss off Primal Scream further by busting their bass drum skin and not telling them.
Return to South Elmsall Minsthorpe School. A tribute band has formed since the last visit.
Gig returns are picking up. £400 for Futurama, £200 for tonight, with 28 T-shirts sold.
And women are squeezing their way backstage!
Age Concern benefit. £800 raised.
Recording begins for possible new album, at Patchbay Studios with Dave Creffield (The Cref!) beginning a long-term alliance. Songs recorded in this period were ‘Robinson Crusoe’, ‘Eau Water’, ‘Now’ and ‘Manchester’.
Cleethorpes, Beach House
Norwich Arts Centre
Record signing at Huddersfield Big Tree Records.
London Kilburn National supporting the Wedding Present.
The original support, A Wiitness have to pull out following the tragic death of one of their members.
Nottingham Rock City
Blackburn King Georges Hall
Leeds Uni Riley Smith Hall
Back home and back headlining again. This is the gig filmed for the Jettisoundz ‘When at Home Film Me’ video.
London Woolwich Tramshed with New FADs.
The venue is seated as a theatre, so it’s tough warming up the crowd. We’re dressed scruffy, saving our best clothes for the impending European tour. We sleep on cold floors.