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Salford Has A Lot To Answer For… Dr John Cooper Clarke Is One Of Them!

When it comes to lyrical masters like Alex Turner and John Cooker Clarke, the final result is never gonna be more than a gnat’s whisker away from musical perfection! As proven here in “I Wanna Be Yours”  Such a tune!…

John Cooper Clarke (born 25 January 1949) is an English performance poet who first became famous during the punk rock era of the late 1970s when he became known as a “punk poet”. He released several albums in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and continues to perform regularly.

His recorded output has mainly centred on musical backing from the Invisible Girls, which featured Martin Hannett, Steve Hopkins, Pete Shelley, Bill Nelson, and Paul Burgess.

Back In The Day

Clarke was born in Salford, Lancashire in 1949. He lived in the Higher Broughton area of the city and became interested in poetry after being inspired by a teacher whom he described as “a real outdoor guy, an Ernest Hemingway type, red blooded, literary bloke”.[3] Recollecting his childhood, Clarke said:

“I used to think trees were dirty, because when I was a kid in Salford you’d climb them and come off filthy, it was like you’d been up a chimney… and even if you got a stretch of park you just had to scrape the grass and there were, like, cinders underneath… it was horrible…

His first job was a laboratory technician at Salford Tech. He began his performance career in Manchester folk clubs, where he began working with Rick Goldstraw and his band The Ferrets. His first releases were on Martin Hannett’s independent label Rabid, starting with the EP Innocents in October 1977. Rabid also released his debut LP Où est la maison de fromage’? (catalogue number NOZE 1) which was a collection of live recordings, demos and rehearsals. This was reissued by Revolver Records in 1989 (RRLP 10) also making it his last album to date. He toured with Bill Nelson’s band Be-Bop Deluxe in 1978 and was signed by Epic Records, who issued the Martin Hannett produced studio albumDisguise In Love in 1978.

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