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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ABT 003 Nikki Sudden - Waiting On Egypt album art Nikki Sudden Waiting On Egypt (Album) Abstract Records ABT 003 UK 1982 Sell This Version
SHARP 110 Nikki Sudden - The Bible Belt album art Nikki Sudden The Bible Belt (Album) Flicknife Records SHARP 110 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
GLALP 008 Nikki Sudden - Jacobites album art Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth - Jacobites (Album) Glass Records (2) GLALP 008 UK 1984 Sell This Version
GLALP 012 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) GLALP 012 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
HWLP 8504 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 HWLP 8504 UK 1986 Sell This Version
CRE LP 012 Nikki Sudden - Texas album art Nikki Sudden Texas (Album) Creation Records CRE LP 012 UK 1986 Sell This Version
RTD-CRE 4-47, MD 7938 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 RTD-CRE 4-47, MD 7938 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
CRELP 022 Nikki Sudden - Kiss You Kidnapped Charabanc album art Nikki Sudden & Rowland S. Howard Nikki Sudden & Rowland S. Howard - Kiss You Kidnapped Charabanc (Album) Creation Records CRELP 022 UK 1987 Sell This Version
SHARP 037, EFA 02646, LP 08, SF 46 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 SHARP 037, EFA 02646, LP 08, SF 46 Germany 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
RTDCD 101, CD1- 262 Nikki Sudden - Groove album art Nikki Sudden & The French Revolution (2) Nikki Sudden & The French Revolution (2) - Groove (Album) Creation Records RTDCD 101, CD1- 262 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
UFO 4 LP Nikki Sudden - The Jewel Thief album art Nikki Sudden The Jewel Thief (Album) UFO Records UFO 4 LP 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
GRCD 403 Nikki Sudden - Seven Lives Later album art Nikki Sudden Seven Lives Later (Album) Glitterhouse Records GRCD 403 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
BNR 001 Nikki Sudden - Lost In The Valley Of Hearts (Live In Germany '97) album art Nikki Sudden Lost In The Valley Of Hearts (Live In Germany '97)(CDr, Album, Ltd, Num) Big Nose Records (2) BNR 001 Germany 1997 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
BCD 4072 Nikki Sudden - God Save Us Poor Sinners album art Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth, Jacobites* Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth, Jacobites* - God Save Us Poor Sinners (Album, Single) Bomp! BCD 4072 US 1998 Sell This Version
none Nikki Sudden - Farewell Chicago album art Nikki Sudden Farewell Chicago(CDr, Album, Ltd) Not On Label none Germany 1998 Sell This Version
VKR004 Nikki Sudden - Red Brocade album art Nikki Sudden Red Brocade (Album) Glitterhouse Records VKR004 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
ROOKWOOD 001 Nikki Sudden - Treasure Island album art Nikki Sudden & The Last Bandits Nikki Sudden & The Last Bandits - Treasure Island (Album) Secretly Canadian ROOKWOOD 001 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