Cud - 'When In Rome, Kill Me'
CUD's singer Carl Puttnam has suffered the dread comparison with Morrissey, so it will come as no surprise that the Leeds-based quartet are once again to be compared to The Smiths - as in suave, deft, cheeky and melodic, that is.
'When In Rome, Kill Me' is their debut, kicking off with the knowingly ludicrous Post-Acid House Rock Opera of the seven-part title track, while side two is simply six more of the same.
They shine brightest on Wobbly Jelly, Alison Springs and Only A Prawn (In Whitby), the last supposedly inspired by a chance meeting between CUD's manager and the Mancunian bard in a Chinese restaurant when the renowned veggie Morrissey ordered king prawns. Sung in an admittedly exaggerated Morrissey manner, Only A Prawn (In Whitby) battles it out with I've Had It With Blondes and The Day Crime Paid for the most Wildean titles, while 'I was a teenage stamp collector/I'd lay on the ground and you'd stamp on my face' (from I've Had It With Blondes) is worth its weight in green gladiol.