NIKKI SUDDEN

NIKKI SUDDEN’s final album announced, MP3 available

NIKKI SUDDEN’s final album The Truth Doesn’t Matter is being released by Secretly Canadian on October 10, 2006. Completed just a week before he left for his final American tour in March of 2006, there could not be a more perfect swan song for a man whose personal life and rock & roll life knew no boundaries. Nikki was glowing with excitement when he flew across the Atlantic for his final US tour. Not only was he ready to tour, but he was so pleased with the new album he had in his satchel, and had just completed his autobiography to boot. If Nikki’s 49 well-lived years and 30+ years making music publicly could be summed up in any way, shape or form, it was in the two documents he had under his arm – one compact disc and one manuscript. While we may have to wait a while longer for the latter, we can now bask in the wonder of the former.

With all sentimentality aside, we will say that The Truth Doesn’t Matter is the best album Nikki has made in over 20 years. But knowing that Nikki was never one to put sentimentality aside, we will unabashedly employ it when we assert that this is the best album of Nikki Sudden’s career. Recorded in Berlin in the latter months of 2005, it was made on a steady diet of later period Marc Bolan glam, Rolling Stones’ honky blues, Bobby Womack’s soiled R&B, and ’70s disco comps (with some repeated Isley Brothers doses). While the fifteen tracks on the album show these influences, more than anything, they reflect the flamboyance and wonderful character of a man who seems to have come from another time – a poet whose passion for the written word and delight in its expression in multiple forms was his life’s dedication. This album is a celebration of music and friendship, and just seeps with Nikki’s love for life. Listen closely and you may hear the hoofbeats approaching in this poet’s head on album closer “All This Buttoning and Unbuttoning”.

MP3 for “Seven Miles” here.

NIKKI SUDDEN “Death Is Hanging Over Me” Intimate Live Video Made Available

Punkcast has made available four videos of the second to last live performance by the late NIKKI SUDDEN, performing his classic song “Death Is Hanging Over Me”, as well as Green Shield Stamps, Read About Seymour and Falling. The songs were performed at an impromptu in-store performance a New York City’s The Cakeshop (named after the SWELL MAPS song) less than 40 hours before his tragic passing. It’s a harrowing performance and well worth checking out. Thanks to Punkcast for making it available.

NIKKI SUDDEN, May You Rest In Peace

We’re incredibly sad to report that our friend NIKKI SUDDEN passed away Sunday, March 26, age 49, in New York City after performing the prior night at the Knitting Factory. He wrote hundreds of songs and made over 20 albums as a solo artist and with his bands SWELL MAPS, THE JACOBITES, THE LAST BANDITS and his band with ROWLAND S. HOWARD, among others. He was an inspiration to watch at work, working ceaselessly as a musician, writer and actor. Just prior to heading out for this last US tour, he completed his latest album “The Truth Doesn’t Matter” and was putting the finishing touches on his autobiography.

It was a great honor to work with such a legendary figure, and his warmth and generosity of spirit will not be forgotten. He was a good man in endless pursuit of his artistic dreams. We extend our deepest sympathies to his friends and family, and rest easily knowing that he has joined his brother Epic Soundtracks, who passed away in 1997. We’re seeking solace in Nikki’s timeless records and we feel blessed to have known Nikki and to have his voice sing on.

Enjoy some free downloads at nikkisudden.com and at secretlycanadian.com. Pass them on. Stay bruised.

NIKKI SUDDEN Coming To America, Recording New Album, Writing Autobiography

Taking a break from recording his latest solo album The Truth Doesn’t Matter, NIKKI SUDDEN will be playing a few weeks worth of solo dates in the US later this month and in March. He’ll be showcasing new songs from his upcoming full-length, as well as from his massive 30-year body of work. Stay tuned to our tourdates page for his updated schedule. As if that wouldn’t keep a man busy, he’s also “99% finished” with his autobiography entitled The Last Bandit. As a founding member of Swell Maps, the Jacobites and having penned over a dozen classic albums, we know that Mr. Sudden’s bio is going to be a rich read. Finally, Nikki’s foray into films has begun: 8 of his songs were featured in Mika Kaurismaki’s film Honey Baby, he acted in the film The Pacific and Eddy (see him in the trailer with Dominique Swain and Ryan Donowho), and he’s written a song for the film The Favor by Mexican filmmaker Eva Aridjis.

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Death Is Hanging Over Me by Nikki Sudden
Wedding Hotel by Nikki Sudden
Seven Miles by Nikki Sudden

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