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Nikki Sudden

The Ragged School

Nikki Sudden's & Dave Kusworth's Jacobites first found themselves in the American spotlight in 1986, when Paul Westerberg of the Replacements turned his then label Twin/Tone onto the Jacobites' first two albums JACOBITES and ROBESPIERRE'S VELVET BASEMENT. Twin/Tone in turn expressed their enthusiasm by introducing the American masses to Sudden & Kusworth with THE RAGGED SCHOOL -- those who weren't already turned onto the ex-Swell Maps frontman's work through the British press and import shops, that is. That now classic collection of songs (taken from those first two albums as well as their debut EP) met wide fanfare in the press and among fans, but due to a lack of touring in the States and the fact that the Jacobites did not deliver a follow-up for over a decade, the band - and the albums - slipped away from the public's memory. Now, almost 20 years later, this classic collection is made available again in expanded form with 10 bonus tracks which make the Jacobites '80s collection complete (with these extra b-sides and compilation tracks, every single Jacobites song released during the decade has been made available on the Secretly Canadian reissues).

Original release dates: THE RAGGED SCHOOL LP (Twin/Tone, 1986)

(SC056 released: 08/20/02)


  1. Big Store [Original]
  2. It'll All End Up in Tears
  3. Hurt Me More
  4. Cheapside
  5. Heart of Hearts
  6. Son of a French Nobleman
  7. Ambulance Station II
  8. Shame for the Angels
  9. Old Church Steps
  10. Kings and Queens
  11. Pin Your Heart to Me
  12. Bethlehem Castle
  13. Silver Street
  14. Teenage Christmas
  15. You Never Miss Me
  16. I Believe in You
  17. Tell Me
  18. Tattered Scarves
  19. Down on My Own
  20. Château Carpets
  21. Too Many Girls
  22. Silver Coin