Nick Rudd seems destined to be one of those exceptionally talented musicians who, be it through laziness, not meeting like-minded musicians often enough or sheer bad luck, will probably only merit a footnote in pop’s annals.
It’s a shame, because he’s made some great records in his time. If you don’t know his outing as The Big Maybe, Some Things Never Change/It Should Be Alright By Now (hell, you pick a favrouite), then finding it now will make your weekend all the better; the classic One In A Million single as Blown is $0.50 at parasol.com- you couldn’t, I swear to god, find a better way to spend a few pennies than that.
Back in 1982, at the very start, Nick released an ep, "Ok...Go!" by the B-Lovers on Sabine Records. Those fine folk at Messthestics have, I understand, released one of the b-sides. The A-side, Inside Out, is worth your hearing, trust me on this.
After that, Nick made a decent album as Turning Curious, "Soul Light Season", which was produced by Mitch Easter, and promoted with a sticker on the front claiming it as being “from the heartland of American rock”. What it was, in fact, was a charming, mid-80s REM affair and the first signs that Rudd had an unerring knack for power pop greatness.
His next outfit, Weird Summer, I have only the one album by, Homer. I don’t like this record much. If you, dear reader, know if Weird Summer got better, please offer me recommendations.
NB This song is only up for a week. Hey, I don't make the rules.