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Nikki Sudden

After the post-punk band Swell Maps dissolved in the early '80s, lead singer Nikki Sudden began a diverse and maddening solo career, during which he performed with a number of different bands and side projects. Sudden released his first solo record, Waiting on Egypt, in 1982, followed closely by The Bible Belt in 1983; both records recalled Swell Maps. In 1984, Sudden formed the Jacobites with drummer Epic Soundtracks (his brother, who was also a member of Swell Maps) and guitarist/vocalist Dave Kusworth, who co-wrote the material with Sudden. The band developed a laid-back pop style driven by acoustic guitars and a rolling rhythm section reminiscent of the Velvet Underground. The Jacobites released four albums and three EPs between 1984 and 1986, when Kusworth left the band. Sudden continued using the Jacobites' name, releasing Texas on the Creation label in 1986. During the late '80s, Sudden ditched the Jacobites and began making music that strongly recalled early Rolling Stones. While none of his albums ever attracted a large audience, Sudden remained a cult favorite throughout his career. High-profile guests began appearing on his albums, with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy lending a hand on 1999's Red Brocade, and the Faces' keyboardist Ian McLagan playing on the 2004 release Treasure Island. On March 26, 2006, Sudden passed away after a gig in New York City. He was working on a new album, The Truth Doesn't Matter, which was released in October of that year. In the spring of 2011, the Easy Action imprint released Playing with Fire, a carefully curated compilation of unreleased songs recorded and left off his last two studio albums; the collection featured liner notes by Sudden's bassist and friend, John Barry. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi
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This album cover very T Rex / The Slider. I wonder if that is what he was going for. I have new found interest in him and the Swell Maps. This is one act I missed out on first time around. Too bad he is not around any more.
wondertrev
rockin
I was going to "thumbs down" this, but I'm glad I didn't
pearls before swine apparently. not for everyone, i guess. nikki sudden was a brilliant and eccentric figure in music, but one of the most sincere. his music, from the swell maps through his unusual solo career, were experiences. he mixed a keen experimental aesthetic with a rootsy soulfulness. sorry, haters, but i love him.
I like "Countess" a lot and have it on rotation on several Pandora stations.
This is a really bad velvet underground cop. Sorry this guy ain't got it. Oh! yeah and his name is really Nikki Sudden
bromide01
Uhm, that guy looks like some two bit character actor.

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