JOHN COOPER CLARKE LIVE ---
is due to perform at the following events.
Kilkenny Arts Week @ Ormond Hotel,
Book Festival @ The Spiegeltent, Charlotte Sq. Edinburgh
14/9/2000, 100 Club,
100 Oxford St., London
Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
John Cooper Clarke
was born in Salford, 1949. As a teenager, he performed his poetry
in Manchester's folk clubs, where he met Rick Goldstraw who invited
him to join his band, the Ferrets.
In 1977, having given
up on becoming a stand-up comedian, John joined the likes of Ed
on the books of Manchester punk label, Rabid.
Supporting the likes of The
he amazed audiences on the local punk circuit with his good-humoured
high-speed Salfordian poetry.
Thanks largely to
John inherited the title, 'The Punk Poet', after receiving radio
and TV exposure for "Suspended
In the song he voices his opinion on the capital punishment debate
with tongue-in-cheek lyrics like, "Sit right
down - write a letter to the Sun Say... "Bring back hangin' for
everyone". The track was included on his debut "Innocents"
EP which also boasted
described at the time by Frank Zappa as one of his favourite songs,
praising John as 'a man with exquisite diction'.
Touring the Manchester
punk circuit in his tight drainpipe trousers and jacket, winkle-picker
shoes and dark shades he was soon signed up to CBS. He released
the single, "Post
war Glamour Girl",
which was later included on his 1978 debut album, "Disguise
In 1979, John supported
Elvis Costello on his breakthrough 'Armed Forces' tour, and released
the Top 40 single "Gimmix!".
His 1979 live album, "Walking
Back To Happiness",
failed to sell as well. The album included a song dedicated to
Conservative Government minister Michael Heseltine, who was also
later attacked on a later visit to Manchester University. It was
interestingly entitled "Twat"..
His 1980 album, "Snap,
Crackle And Bop"
was a far better release and included the classic emotional track
To promote the album he toured with Durutti
for the first time using a backing band, The Invisible Girls.
And My Big Mouth",
a 'best of' compilation album was released in 1981 to little success,
a fate which was also enjoyed by his 1982 "Zip
album. This was to be his last release and in the following years
John's drug abuse saw him spend most of his time in and out of
the rehab clinic with his addict partner, Nico.
John Cooper Clarke
had illuminated the punk scene of the 1970's with his comical
and intelligent verse. His lifestyle however suffocated his talent.
Hopefully he can make a successful comeback.
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