Tell me about Nikki Sudden?

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or at least an album suggestion??

meister, Wednesday, 21 July 2004 00:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Have you got as much Swell Maps as you can find?

Sasha (sgh), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 00:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

swell maps are dope!

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 01:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

so's his solo stuff, get that too

duane, Wednesday, 21 July 2004 02:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ok an album suggestion - "waiting on egypt". i like all of em tho.

duane, Wednesday, 21 July 2004 02:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i reaaally prefer the swell maps stuff.. there should be a disclaimer that all post SW sudden stuff is totally different, even the jacobites stuff.

chris andrews (fraew), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 02:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

disclaimer - it's nothing like swell maps.
sort of like the "folk rock" songs on mid 60s stones albums or sloppy versions of power ballad type #s or, oh yeah that's what it's like , it's like johnny thunders.

duane, Wednesday, 21 July 2004 02:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

johnny thunders or the faces in a particularly drunken mood.
"robespierre's velvet basement" is quite good.

Marco Damiani (Marco D.), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 05:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

no man wears a scarf as well as nikki

jack cole (jackcole), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 05:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

He's a master of the ragged wardrobe.

Marco Damiani (Marco D.), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 06:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I like some of the songs on 'Robespierre's Velvet Basement'

David (David), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 09:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

and velvet pants

chris andrews (fraew), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 10:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'd recommend the Waiting on Egypt/The Bible Belt 2CD reissue from a few years back. These are his first two solo albums, with bonus tracks. Seeing how the Swell Maps are the ones performing on some of the tracks, this might be the best gateway from the SM to NS rather than one of his later albums (if that's holding you back, based on some of the responses). You can get 2 songs from these albums at Epitonic:

Vic Funk, Wednesday, 21 July 2004 10:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Nikki Sudden is awesome. He may be among the godfathers of the bizarre strum & clatter, "new wierd america" free folk thing that is quite the rage these days (and understandably so). Swell Maps are awesome throughout. Texas & Robespierre's Velvet Basement are (arguably) the best of the post-Maps crop, which is sizeable, and varies from drunken Faces-esque slopfests to extremely drunken Stones 'Beggar's Banquet'era acoustic wailers to experimental dulcimer strums with the noises of freighters in the background - sometimes during the course of one record. You might want to avoid the overly slick Jewel Thief record & the very uneven Crown of Thorns, but other than that I say go for it where Nikki, Jacobites, and Dave Kusworth are involved. VIrtually everything has a certain ragged charm, at the very least.

John Bullabaugh (John Bullabaugh), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 15:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

you can find a vid on

WWWhatsup (WWWhatsup), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 16:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

duane, Saturday, 24 July 2004 01:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Some people think some very strange things about me, that's for sure.

But that's the prerequisite of fans, sir! (Um, if you read this again.)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 24 July 2004 23:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...

Oh God. This is the most heartbreaking song ever.

Mule, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 22:38 (six years ago) Permalink

no this is!

tylerw, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 23:37 (six years ago) Permalink

I wanna get very drunk now.

Mule, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 12:49 (six years ago) Permalink

this is another good one
once a year i get heavily into listening to the jacobites / epic soundtracks / nikki sudden stuff and they always seem like the best records ever made for a little while.
this blog has some cool stuff if you dig around:
there is supposed to be a new epic soundtracks comp coming out sometime this year, though it's been delayed a bunch of times.

tylerw, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 16:13 (six years ago) Permalink

Thanks. Been going through a Jacobites/Epic-phase myself, but didn't know about any of this.

Mule, Friday, 24 February 2012 15:04 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

no this is

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 4 May 2013 11:43 (five years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

numero is putting out waiting on egypt, bible belt, jacobites and Robespierre's Velvet Basement on vinyl early next year! good excuse to listen to these LPs again they are so good.

tylerw, Tuesday, 24 December 2013 21:09 (five years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Waiting For Egypt is really good. So's Bible Belt. I also don't think "it's nothing like Swell Maps" is that accurate, although upthread someone says some of the Swell Maps play on those records, which might be why!

Colonel Poo, Friday, 11 May 2018 22:26 (eight months ago) Permalink

I love the cover photo of Texas

brimstead, Friday, 11 May 2018 23:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

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