Live at Fibbers (York) on Sunday, 16th March 2008
This, the farewell tour of Leeds' greatest outsider band Cud, is to be a blinder. Maybe not all the hits are here, but the setlist covers their five original releases with a bit of everything.
Appearing on stage with more facial hair than usual, guitarist Felix frey is sporting a full Biffy Clyro style beard, whilst Carl Puttnam has the hulk Hogan handlebar down to a tee. Dressed also in tight leather trousers, the chants of "You Fat Bastard" (especially directed at early nineties indie bands) were inevitable.
Will Potter just oozes cool, swinging the bass backwards and forwards within the crowds reach, whilst Steve Goodwin is just loving it. His solo drumming to finish the set is fantastic, even the band, having left the stage, stay around to watch.
There are a few twists to some classics, for example 'Strange Kind Of Love' is played at half its recorded speed (though it was during their last tour). The cover of Jethro Tull's 'Living In The Past' has a comical Mission Impossible riff to it.
'Rich And Strange' and 'Purple Love Balloon' go down very well, but it's set ender 'I've Had It With Blondes' that shakes the middle-aged crowd with its opening lyrics "I was a teenage stamp collector / I'd lay on my back and you'd stamp on my face". The world of music will be a sad place without this band to give us lyrics like these!
The final show is a homecoming at Leeds Rios on May 3rd, and apparently we get to discover the meaning of the song title 'Not Exactly D.L.E.R.C'. I cannot wait.