Nikki Sudden

Real Name:
Adrian Nicholas Godfrey
Profile:
English singer-songwriter and guitarist, born 19 July 1956 in London, England, UK and died 26 March 2006 in New York, USA.
Together with his brother, Epic Soundtracks, Nikki Sudden formed what was to become Swell Maps, releasing 4 singles and 2 albums on Rough Trade (UK) between 1977 and their break up in 1980. All these releases hit #1 in the UK Independent Charts. Swell Maps are remembered, particularly by similarly minded US based bands such as Sonic Youth, as pioneering exponents of the 'DIY Punk' school.
Sudden then began a solo career making two albums 'Waiting On Egypt' and 'The Bible Belt' before joining up with Birmingham guitarist, Dave Kusworth. The pair formed the Jacobites in 1983, going on to make two albums, 'Jacobites' and 'Robespierre’s Velvet Basement', the latter reaching No. 1 in the German Independent Charts. This tied in with their first German tour which lead to Sudden relocating there.
When the Jacobites split in 1986, Sudden returned to his solo career with Creation Records, releasing five solo albums over the next five years: 'Texas', 'Dead Men Tell No Tales', 'Kiss You Kidnapped Charabanc' (with Rowland S. Howard), 'Groove' and a compilation, 'Back To The Coast'.
1990 found Sudden in Athens, Georgia, where sessions with Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry (2) from R.E.M. became the album 'The Jewel Thief' — later reissued as 'Liquor, Guns & Ammo'.
Kusworth and Sudden reformed The Jacobites in 1993, releasing three albums, 'Howling Good Times', 'Old Scarlett' and 'God Save Us Poor Sinners'. Their two original albums were reissued, as was a further compilation of rare tracks, 'Hawks Get Religion'. The band also released a limited edition, vinyl-only album, 'Kiss Of Life', in Germany, and a Spanish CD, 'Heart Of Hearts'.
In 1995, sessions in Chicago with members of the Chamber Strings and The Rosehips led to his seventh solo release 'Seven Lives Later'. This album featured musicians from The Jet Boys, The True Spirit, The Fatal Shore, Band Of Outsiders, Once Upon A Time, Vermooste Vløten, The Flaming Stars, Sonic Youth, Voodoo Witch, and The Jacobites.
Into the 2000's Sudden continued to tour extensively, playing around 100 shows per year, half with his backing band 'The Last Bandits' and half solo.
Nikki, with the Last Bandits, recorded his ninth solo release, 'Treasure Island', in England during summer 2002. Special guests include Ian McLagan (Small Faces, Faces), Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones), Anthony Thistlethwaite (Waterboys), Dave Kusworth (Jacobites) and Darrell Bath (Dogs D’Amour / Crybabys). The 'Treasure Island' release date was in 2004.
A retrospective, 'The Last Bandit (The Best Of Nikki Sudden)' was released by Glitterhouse Records in Europe, Wagging Dog Records in England, and Bomp Records in America, and features remastered and edited versions of Sudden's most popular solo work.
Sudden's death in New York followed a number of solo performances in the USA after which a short European tour by The Jacobites had been scheduled. The first of these dates, on 29th March 2006 at London's '12 Bar Club', took place but was transformed into a tribute to Nikki Sudden's memory and featured a number of musicians with whom he had played.
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Nikki Sudden - Waiting On Egypt album art Nikki Sudden Waiting On Egypt (Album) Abstract Records UK 1982 Sell This Version
Nikki Sudden - The Bible Belt album art Nikki Sudden The Bible Belt (Album) Flicknife Records UK 1983 Sell This Version
RATHER 10 Nikki Sudden - Beau Geste album art Nikki Sudden Beau Geste(Cass, Album, C60) Rather Records RATHER 10 UK 1983 Sell This Version
Nikki Sudden - Jacobites album art Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth - Jacobites (Album) Glass Records (2) UK 1984 Sell This Version
Nikki Sudden - Robespierre's Velvet Basement album art Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth, Jacobites* Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth, Jacobites* - Robespierre's Velvet Basement (Album) Glass Records (2) UK 1985 Sell This Version
SF 16 Nikki Sudden - Lost In A Sea Of Scarves album art Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth - The Jacobites Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth - The Jacobites - Lost In A Sea Of Scarves(LP, Album) What's So Funny About.. SF 16 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
Nikki Sudden - Texas album art Nikki Sudden Texas (Album) Creation Records UK 1986 Sell This Version
Nikki Sudden - The Last Bandits In The World album art Nikki SuddenJohnny Fean*Simon Carmody Nikki SuddenJohnny Fean*Simon Carmody - The Last Bandits In The World (Album) Hotwire UK 1986 Sell This Version
Nikki Sudden - Kiss You Kidnapped Charabanc album art Nikki Sudden & Rowland S. Howard Nikki Sudden & Rowland S. Howard - Kiss You Kidnapped Charabanc (Album, Comp) Creation Records UK 1987 Sell This Version
Nikki Sudden - I Knew Buffalo Bill album art Jeremy Gluck With Nikki Sudden & Rowland S. Howard Featuring Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Epic Soundtracks Jeremy Gluck With Nikki Sudden & Rowland S. Howard Featuring Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Epic Soundtracks - I Knew Buffalo Bill (Album) Flicknife Records Germany 1987 Sell This Version
Nikki Sudden - Dead Men Tell No Tales album art Nikki Sudden & The Jacobites Nikki Sudden & The Jacobites - Dead Men Tell No Tales (Album) Creation Records Europe 1987 Sell This Version
CRAZY 00010 Nikki Sudden - Crown Of Thorns album art Nikki Sudden Crown Of Thorns(LP, Album) Crazy Mannequin Records CRAZY 00010 Italy 1988 Sell This Version
Nikki Sudden - Groove album art Nikki Sudden & The French Revolution (2) Nikki Sudden & The French Revolution (2) - Groove (Album) Creation Records Germany 1989 Sell This Version
Nikki Sudden - The Jewel Thief album art Nikki Sudden The Jewel Thief (Album) UFO Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
034, 301125 Nikki Sudden - Kiss Of Life album art Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth, Jacobites* Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth, Jacobites* - Kiss Of Life(LP, Album, Ltd) n.UR-Kult Releases, Swamp Room Records 034, 301125 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Nikki Sudden - Seven Lives Later album art Nikki Sudden Seven Lives Later (Album) Glitterhouse Records Germany 1996 Sell This Version
MAM069-2 Nikki Sudden - Egyptian Roads album art Nikki Sudden Egyptian Roads(CD, Album) Indies Records MAM069-2 Czech Republic 1997 Sell This Version
SEX 12 Nikki Sudden - From The Warwick Road To The Banks Of The Nile album art Nikki Sudden From The Warwick Road To The Banks Of The Nile(LP) Sucksex Records SEX 12 France 1997 Sell This Version
Nikki Sudden - Red Brocade album art Nikki Sudden Red Brocade (Album) Glitterhouse Records Australia 1999 Sell This Version
CHCD-05 Nikki Sudden - Liquor, Guns And Ammo album art Nikki Sudden Liquor, Guns And Ammo(CD, Album) Chatterbox Records (2) CHCD-05 US 2000 Sell This Version
Nikki Sudden - Treasure Island album art Nikki Sudden Treasure Island (Album) Secretly Canadian UK 2004 Sell This Version
none Nikki Sudden - Live In Moscow, Central House Of Artists album art Nikki Sudden & The Last Bandits Nikki Sudden & The Last Bandits - Live In Moscow, Central House Of Artists(CD, Album) Rockmusic.ru none Russia 2004 Sell This Version
none Nikki Sudden "In The Bag" At Wallywoods(CDr) Not On Label none Germany 2005 Sell This Version
Nikki Sudden - The Truth Doesn't Matter album art Nikki Sudden The Truth Doesn't Matter (Album) Munster Records Spain 2006 Sell This Version
none Nikki Sudden - Live At WFMU On Terre T's Show On 1/18/2002 album art Nikki Sudden Live At WFMU On Terre T's Show On 1/18/2002(File, MP3, 256) WFMU none US 2008