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Monday, 19 March 2007

DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES


I could rave on about the brilliance of NIKKI SUDDEN and how each of his numerous albums are classics, especially the ones he recorded with Dave Kusworth as The Jacobites, but I'll try not to. Nikki's songs are pure poetry, shear beauty; images of revolutionary France, kings, queens and castles; romantic tales of heartbreak, that can touch the soul of even the most hardened hardcore listener, depending on your mood. Not the best singer or guitar player but the most passionate. His death last year robbed the world of a genuine, humble roving minstrel. Never hugely 'popular' in Britain, but massive in Europe, in America he recorded with REM. His cult status was already assured from his work in the Swell Maps, loved by everyone from Sonic Youth to Graham Coxon. His solo work has been applauded by the likes of Bobby Gillespie and Simon Ratcliffe from Basement Jaxx, who described Nikki as "A singer songwriter, a kind of smacked out English Bob Dylan...he needs a good meal inside him...he can't really play guitar...it's all a bit messy, but its got charm." Saw Nikki a good few times live, from Camden Palace to Bay 63 where he was supporting My Bloody Valentine (who were crap, audience was full of students with pudding bowl haircuts), each time he was great, but of all the times the best was when I got him to play in Stevenage and he charmed an audience who'd never heard of him. This is recording of some of that night back in '93 : http://www.sendspace.com/file/pg27rr

6 comments:

Zero G Sound said...

Thanks for bringing back some Nikki Sudden memories. Had the chance to see some of his charming gigs, it was always a pleasure. May his music always be with us!

Maybe these recordings are of interest:


Nikki Sudden Live In Berlin February 17, 2006
http://rapidshare.com/files/13990272/NiSudBer06.rar

Nikki Sudden - Seven Lives Later
http://rapidshare.com/files/816650/NikSudSevenLivLat.rar

Infos to these recordings over at zerogsound.blogspot.com.

Cheers!

Anonymous said...

hi nuzz,
go to SFRP-forum where i posted a russian-only album of Dave Kusworth.
cheers: hermanthegerman

eric said...

Thanks for posting this show, Nikki was so great!

Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf said...

No problem guys, wish I had more Nikki to post.

herr Ärmel said...

hi nuzz,
I re-up the What A Nice Way To Turn To Seventeen Sampler with some nikki stuff for you in the dorfdisco braunsfeld. Sorry for the slow re-up, but I had so much to do the last time.
all the best
herr Ärmel

Anonymous said...

Please uploader to upload the file again. sendspace is not able to help me in this matter.