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CUD formed in Leeds in 1987, reportedly when they discovered a discarded drum kit in a skip.They recorded a Peel Session on the 16 June 1987 before they had released any records, John Peel being sufficiently impressed by the demo tape that they had sent him. The band signed to The Wedding Present's Reception label for their first single "You're The Boss", with their second release being the Peel Sessions EP, released on Strange Fruit Records in February 1988 - this was notable for 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 fanbase, their popularity grew more widely, and they were signed by Imaginary Records in 1989, who would release their first two albums, When in Rome, Kill Me and Leggy Mambo.

Cud beginning to make an impact on the UK Singles Chart, and they signed to the major label A&M in 1991, leaving Imaginary to disappear into insolvency. The greater spending power at A&M enabled Cud to make 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.[2] 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 well as major label A&M having a problem with the band's attitude. 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.

In February 2012 BBC 6 Music announced Cud's '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 feature original guitarist Mike Dunphy in almost 17 years. However, original drummer Steve Goodwin declined to participate so Gogs Byrn completed the lineup.

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