NIKKI SUDDEN The Jewel Thief cd/lp 1991
I Belong To You / The Bagman And The Twangman / Mountains Of New York / Spend A Little Gold With Me / Paying My Way / Hotel Blues / Falling / Liquor, Guns and Ammo / Don't Let Them Mess With You / Grievous Angel.
Produced: N. Sudden & P. Buck
Nikki Sudden: acoustic & electric guitars, vocals / P. Buck: electric & acoustic guitars, jug, percussion, mandolin / J. Keane: bass, steel guitar & slide / B. Berry: drums / M. Mills: organ & bass / B. Burke: harmonica / A. Thistlethwaite: electric mandolin / D. Blackmon: fiddle / T. Neilson: bass / J. Sullivan: drums / B. Holmes: piano.
After the post-punk band Swell Maps dissolved in the early '80s, lead singer Nikki Sudden began a diverse and maddening solo career, during which he performed with a number of different bands and side projects. Sudden released his first solo record, Waiting on Egypt, in 1982, followed closely by The Bible Belt in 1983; both records recalled Swell Maps. In 1984, Sudden formed the Jacobites with drummer Epic Soundtracks (his brother, who was also a member of Swell Maps) and guitarist/vocalist Dave Kusworth, who co-wrote the material with Sudden. The band developed a laid-back pop style, driven by acoustic guitars and a rolling rhythm section reminiscent of the Velvet Underground. The Jacobites released four albums and three EPs between 1984 and 1986, when Kusworth left the band. Sudden continued with the Jacobites name, releasing Texas on the Creation label in 1986. During the late '80s, Sudden ditched the Jacobites and began making music that strongly recalled early Rolling Stones. While none of his albums ever attracted a large audience, Sudden remained a cult favorite throughout his career. High-profile guests began appearing on his albums with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck for "The Jewel Thief" & Wilco's Jeff Tweedy lending a hand to 1999's "Red Brocade" and the Faces' keyboardist Ian McLagan playing on the 2004 release "Treasure Island". On March 26, 2006, Sudden passed away after a gig in New York City. He was working on a new album, "The Truth Doesn't Matter", which was released in October 2006. Allmusic
Nikki Sudden's influences included bands such as T.Rex, The Rolling Stones and Johnny Thunders.
He also wrote for a number of music magazines, such as Spex, INTRO, Mojo and Bucketful of Brains. At the time of his unexpected death, he was writing his autobiography, as well as a history of the Wick, an estate in Richmond once owned by Ronnie Wood, currently owned by Pete Townshend. Answers.com