Cud

Elvis Belt

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Originally released in 1990 on Imaginary Records, Elvis Belt was a compilation that gathered all of the Leeds-based band Cud's songs that preceded their first proper album, 1989's When in Rome, Kill Me. Gathering singles dating back to 1987's "Slack Time" with a pair of previously unissued tracks and Cud's contributions to a pair of Imaginary Records' trademark tribute albums (the Kinks' "Lola" and the Bonzo Dog Band's "I'm the Urban Spaceman," both flattened out and speeded up into near oblivion), Elvis Belt showcases the band's sardonic sense of humor and punk-derived D.I.Y. scrappiness in its earliest and crudest forms. By the time of When in Rome, Kill Me, the band had matured a bit lyrically and gained considerably more polish musically, and that album compares favorably to fellow U.K. smart-alecks like the Wonder Stuff and Pop Will Eat Itself, even if it's not a patch on the wit and tunefulness of the great Half Man Half Biscuit. These early tracks are rougher, scrappier, noisier, but unfortunately, not quite as good.

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