Cud (sometimes known as CUD) are a British indie rock band formed in Leeds, England in 1987, consisting of vocalist Carl Puttnam, guitarist/keyboardist Mike Dunphy, bassist William Potter, and drummer Steve Goodwin. Signed to first the Wedding Present's Reception label in 1987, the group later on signed to A&M in 1991, when they began to make an impact on the UK Singles Chart making their first foray into 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 hit single followed in 1994 with "Neurotica". However, their moderate success and cult status was short lived, after they failed to overcome musical differences. As a consequence of this, 1994's Showbiz would be their last album. Potter was replaced by Mick Dale, who would later join Embrace, shortly before the band split entirely in early 1995. Cud reformed in 2006 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.

Links To Peel

In 1987 CUD vocalist Carl Puttnam sent a demo of his new band to John Peel. As the package travelled south, Peel announced that he was binning all his unlistened demo tapes from his desk and starting anew, this time promising to listen to any he received from then on. Thanks to this twist of fate, two weeks later CUD were invited to do a session for Peel's show. Recorded on 16th June 1987, their debut was made before they had released any records. The band recorded a total of three sessions for the Peel show. A cover of Hot Chocolate's 'You Sexy Thing' taped during their first session reached number 20 in the 1987 Festive Fifty.

Festive Fifty Entries


CUD John Peel 16th June 1987

CUD John Peel 16th June 1987

1. Recorded: 1987-06-16. Broadcast: 30 June 1987. Repeated: 20 July 1987, 17 August 1987, 29 December 1987

  • Mind The Gap / You're The Boss / Don't Bank On It / You Sexy Thing

2. Recorded: 1988-05-15. Broadcast: 24 May 1988. Repeated: 08 June 1988, Session Mixtape Mar-Sept 1988 "Living In The Past" and  "Everybody Works So Hard" available on 12" - Only (A Prawn In Whitby)) Imaginary MIRAGE 010

  • Treat Me Bad / Punishment / Reward Relationship / Living In The Past / Everybody Works So Hard

3. Recorded: 1989-02-19. Broadcast: 13 March 1989. Repeated: 20 April 1989, 18 July 1989

  • Only A Prawn In Whitby / B B Couldn't C / (I'm The) Urban Spaceman / The Epicurean's Answer

All sessions available on The Complete BBC Sessions CD, 2012 (3 Loop Music, 3RANGE-1)

Other Shows Played



Cud - Only (A Prawn In Whitby)

Cud - Only (A Prawn In Whitby)

  • 03 January 1992 (BFBS): Love Mandarin (LP - Knowing Where It All Leeds) Stolen Sounds
  • 19 January 1992: Love Mandarin (LP - Knowing Where It All Leeds) Stolen Sounds
  • 31 July 1992: Purple Love Balloon (7") A&M (JP: 'I got a bit of a telling off from them at Glastonbury for not playing their records any more.')

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