Nikki Sudden Waiting On Egypt on LP from Numero Group
In founding Swell Maps, the post-punk prefacing Birmingham art-snots, Nikki Sudden and his drumming brother Epic Soundtracks charted new territory for racket and corrosive guitar. But after folding Swell Maps at the dawn of the ‘80s, Sudden plowed through another decade’s worth of terrifically fertile ground. Drawing on his devotion to the Rolling Stones and T. Rex - alongside guitarist Dave Kusworth as Jacobites, plus a cheekily named cohort of British sidemen - Nikki cut a string of raw, inspired rock ‘n’ roll records, etched with double-edged travel melancholia and hard-bitten punk dejection.
Unavailable in their native format since the 1980s, Nikki Sudden’s own Waiting on Egypt and The Bible Belt, plus Jacobites and Robspierre’s Velvet Basement - Sudden’s stellar collaborations with Dave Kusworth - return to LP. These first four missives in a 7-LP Nikki Sudden reissue project get the high-standard treatment JR and Numero buyers know and love: replica album cover artwork and labels, original tracklistings, tip-on sleeves, and the handsome obi that has become a JR hallmark.
For Waiting On Egypt, Nikki Sudden’s 1982 solo debut for Abstract Records, the Birmingham post-punk cut back on the skronk and clatter of his own latter-day Swell Maps. Unused Maps material received Sudden resurrection and pared-down guitar propellant, while Nikki’s new ideas moved confidently in a Bolan direction. Elsewhere, pained homage is paid to early Stones gem “I’d Much Rather Be With The Boys,” recast in withdrawn piss and vinegar.
Nikki Sudden Waiting On Egypt Track Listing:
1. Back To The Coast
2. Knife My Heart
3. Still Full of Shocks
4. I'd Much Rather Be With The Boys
5. Stuck On China
6. Channel Streamer
7. Ringing On My Train
8. Curfew Island (The Low Bridge)
9. Fashion Cult
10. Forest Fire
11. New York
12. Johnny Smiled Slowly
13. All The Gold