Epic Soundtracks

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Epic Soundtracks
Birth nameKevin Paul Godfrey
Born(1959-03-23)23 March 1959
Croydon, Surrey
Died6 November 1997(1997-11-06) (aged 38)
West Hampstead, London
GenresPost-punk, indie rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsDrums, piano, guitar, bass guitar, vocals
LabelsRough Trade, Bar/None
Associated actsSwell Maps, Crime & the City Solution, Jacobites, These Immortal Souls

Epic Soundtracks was the stage name of the British musician Kevin Paul Godfrey (23 March 1959 – 6 November 1997).[1] Born in Croydon, Surrey,[1] he was brought up in Solihull, Midlands with his brother Adrian Nicholas, who was known as Nikki Sudden (1956–2006).

In 1972, Kevin and Adrian formed the nucleus of what was to become the post-punk rock group Swell Maps, with "Soundtracks" on drums and piano, and "Sudden" on guitar and vocals.

Soundtracks later played drums for Crime & the City Solution and These Immortal Souls.[2] In 1991, Soundtracks decided to focus on his own songwriting career, and began the series of recordings that comprised his three solo records. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist he released three critically acclaimed solo albums, and two more were released posthumously.[3]

Notable fans of Soundtracks' solo work include Evan Dando and Thurston Moore.[citation needed] Dave Graney paid tribute to Soundtracks with the song "A Boy Named Epic" on The Royal Dave Graney Show's 2003 album The Brother Who Lived. Arthur Lee's backing band, Baby Lemonade, paid tribute as well, with a song off their 2001 High Life Suite LP called,"Song for Epic".[citation needed]

Epic Soundtracks died in his sleep on 6 November 1997, at his flat in West Hampstead, London. His funeral took place in Leamington Spa Baptist Church on 1 December. The official cause of death was ruled as inconclusive.[citation needed]

Selected discography[edit]

  • Popular Classical (aka Jelly, Babies) 7" (1981)[4]
  • Rain, Rain, Rain (with Jowe Head) 12" (1982)
  • Rise Above (1992)
  • Sleeping Star (1994)
  • Debris (1995)
  • Change My Life (1996)

Posthumous releases[edit]

  • Everything is Temporary (1999) [compilation]
  • Good Things (2005)
  • Wild Smile (2012) [compilation]
  • Film Soundtracks (2017)


  1. ^ a b Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 1996 - 1997". Thedeadrockstarsclub.com. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  2. ^ "Epic Soundtracks Found Dead". Rolling Stone. 1997-11-25. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  3. ^ Steve Huey. "Epic Soundtracks | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  4. ^ "Epic Soundtracks - Popular Classical - Rough Trade - UK". 45cat.com. 1981-09-11. Retrieved 2017-07-16.

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