It was about 1991 when Mark Radcliffe came from Radio 5’s Hit the North (which I could only get in medium wave), to Radio 1’s Out on Blue Six on Monday evenings. Mark Goodier was hosting the Evening Session during the week, and John Peel did the ridiculously late weekend shows.
Radio was good then. I was impressed with the fact that Mark Radcliffe had a free rein with the playlist. I wrote to the show and included a long list or requests one of them was anything by Curve.
One show Mark mentioned me and played a Curve song. He sent me an autograph through the post. Which I discovered in the shoebox that has tickets in it.
Cuckoo; Curve’s second album came out in 1993. It had more of the dark electronic noise that we would come to associate with the duo, yet it would be more experimental at the same time. Alan Moulder worked with them to create a album that used Toni Halliday’s icy vocals in contrast to the noise and distortions. The subject matter the Cuckoo is the usual topics of pain, obsession and confusion.
It is a complete package, rather than stand out songs and singles. Which might be one of the reasons that it did not fare that well. Despite the fact that Toni Halliday was foxy in a goth sort of way. It sat in a genre that had not really been invented. A bit too goth for the indie kids, and leaning too much to the indie scene for the goths.
After its release Curve split up briefly. Dean citing that due to the pressures of touring he never saw his two children.