First demo cassette cover
seems completely improbable now, but there were two weeks between
CUD recording a useful demo (their first in a studio) and recording
their first Peel session as a result of sharing this demo. Had the
rest of their career continued at the same rate, they would have
had their first indie record deal a week later (Oh, that DID happen!),
a major deal, Top 40, major tours, attempt at breaking US, difficult
fourth album, dispute with record company and spilt due to musical
differences by spring 88. Instead, there's another seven years to
spread this tale over.
Carl's cellar. A lot of use of hands with face. Paint and a hint of set list on the wall.
8 June 1987
The band get their first airplay on 'On the Rocks' thanks to Battle of gthe Bands judge and BBC Radio Leeds DJ Jerry Hibbard. The song is 'Don't Bank On It' from the demo.
9 June 1987
The band are rehearsing in Carl's damp cellar, amps on shelves to avoid the floodwater and orange plate fungus growing from the brickwork, when the phone rings.
Carl goes to answer it while his backing band wait and wait, then go upstairs, curious.
It's John Walters says Carl.
Ha, good joke.
No, it's John Walters (Peel's producer, RIP)
Now the band are really curious to find out if Carl is winding them up.
Carl then asks is next Tuesday OK for recording a Peel session?
No, really. Unbelievable!
10 June 1987
Panic stations, trying to find a van to take us and our shabby gear to London. No hire firms want to rent to bands.
The General Election. Stay up late to watch the inevitable Tory win.
12 June 1987
Wore black, mourning the result.
14 June 1987
Mike and William rush to put up their final degree shows, smug in the knowledge of a Peel session in the bag. Mike did Graphic Design, by the way.
Leeds Uni, 1987, in the first CUD T-shirts. Limited edition of 13.
We pestered Radio One to put the session out before the end of June so we could get PRS royalties in October. We wanted to spend them on a single.