The Swell Maps were one of my favorite bands of the punk era – I listened to “Read About Seymour” over and over as a teen - and I have tried to follow and collect Sudden’s amazingly prolific output since. Not only an inspired musician, Sudden was a gifted and thoughtful writer as well – his site is well worth exploring.
You can also find an array of Nikki Sudden downloads from his myriad projects there.
In a hollow age of Pete Doherty playing it up for the tabloids and various young bands cribbing the sounds of the late-seventies, it is especially poignant that we seem to be losing many of the true pioneers and iconoclasts recently – Joe Strummer and several Ramones come immediately to mind.
I’m at a loss for time right now, so check out the Pitchfork announcement after the jump.