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The CUD Story, pt.12
invasion, Bradford Queens Hall, Mar 30, 1990
Martin Baker resigns as CUD manager.
Jim Tracey, former tour agent offers to be our new manager, with Eric Longley, the New FADs manager giving business support. They endeavour to repair bridges with Imaginary Records who had been pissed off by Martin.
Wakefield presentation of £800 cheque for Age Concern, raised at CUD charity gig.
Jim visits Leeds to finally stand a round and tell us of the upcoming tour. A new album producer is sought. The latest idea is a guy who worked on D-Mobs latest hit.
Patchbay, who had produced free demos with us late last year hear about our plans and get pissed off. The idea was that they would profit from our next deal by getting us to work there. No more would we get studio time on credit. More bridge repair is needed.
Meanwhile, chief bridge burner, Martin asks for the merry-go-round van to use for pizza delivery. Request denied.
Patchbay call, talking about losses of £6,000. They threaten to bootleg the CUD Patchbay tapes to recoup some costs (These so-called Patchbay Tapes, 1989 versions of Now, Robinson Crusoe, Eau Water and Manchester have since turned up on the Space CUDets bootleg, Not Exactly L.E.G.I.T )
Jamie Hewlett calls and talks about putting together a Tank Girl record with CUD doing the backing.
Lime Lizard interview and a night out at the Marquee.
Brighton Poly Basement with Andrew Smith from Melody Maker in tow.
Its not a great show in a basement with an audience of just 100. (Ah! Now we can moan about a measly 100 punters!) The venue poster has two teats rather than three on the CUD U and claims were from Manchester. We crash at Jamies flat.
We miss a photo session at Londons NFT when the van runs out of petrol.
We pull out of a support tour with Birdland, cause we think theyre crap. Apparently this decision creates some bad feeling in the business. An NME feature is cancelled.
It turns out well be doing the Birdland London show after all.
CUD wear lipstick and prance about with flowers and feathers.
Bristol Fleece and Firkin
Raising money for inflatables.
A quiet audience.
Eric arranges accommodation with some of his old college friends, but hes winding us up now with sexist comments.
Warwick Uni, with Beats International and Voice of the Beehive
Best performance of the tour so far, with a generous rider to celebrate it.
Gloucester, Guild Hall Banana Club
We visit Brian Jones grave in Cheltenham on the way and get chased off by a bull mastiff.
Here CUD are introduced to Erics contact Dave Gregory, guitarist with XTC, his latest suggestion for producer. Much better than Erics first suggestion, a guy he knows from 70s/80s band The Motors as a producer. XTC we can relate to. Dave is quiet-spoken and friendly, says we look like Pink Floyd. Is this because we have an inflatable pig at the front of the stage. (Sorry, Carl, couldnt resist it!)
Oxford Co-op Hall
A lot of very young fans are refused entry.
Despite sound problems it a good show, with the now obligatory stage invasion.
Our dressing room is a portacabin.
Always a great reception here.
London Brixton Academy, with Birdland and Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine
1, 2 Apr
Record Hey! Wire at Thatched Cottage Studios with Dave Gregory producing.
6, 7 Apr
Record B-sides, Possession and Purple Love Balloon at Patchbay Studios, Farsley with Justin and Dolan from the New FADs co-producing.
Mike Dunphy has really come up with the goods writing for this single, the first without a Potter writing contribution, despite what the label says.
Mike has turned into a prolific and excellent pop songwriter. (Up until signing with A&M, all the songs were credited to all four band members, but only a dozen or so ever had music written by anyone other than Mike.)
NME interview. William gets drunk, takes the tape recorder and interviews the photographer.
Weve officially made it. Leeds Jumbo Records gives us 10% discount.