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John Cooper Clarke

Punk poet John Cooper Clarke was born January 25, 1949 in Manchester, England; he first began performing his verse backed by a local folk group called the Ferrets, but in 1977 signed to the Rabid Records label to release the Martin Hannett-produced single "Psycle Sluts." With his rapid-fire verbal delivery and stinging social commentary, Clarke quickly emerged as the poet laureate of the punk movement, and he read his work as an opening act for groups including the Sex Pistols and the Buzzcocks; an LP, Disguise in Love, followed on Epic in 1978. After supporting Elvis Costello and the Attractions on their legendary Armed Forces tour, Clarke scored a Top 40 hit with the single "Gimmix; " a live disc, Walking Back to Happiness, appeared in 1979, and a year later he released a second studio effort, Snap, Crackle and Bop. While hugely popular as a stage performer, his records sold poorly, and 1982's Zip Style Method was his final release for Epic; while still maintaining a high visibility as a live act, Clarke appeared less and less frequently in the years to follow, spending the better part of the 1980s battling an addiction to heroin. (He also spent several years romantically involved with former Velvet Underground chanteuse Nico, no stranger to drug problems herself.) By the following decade Clarke cleaned up his act, returning to the stage and contributing regularly to poetry journals. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Evidently John Cooper Clarke (Archive Recordings Volume 2)

1. Former Window Cleaner

2. Individualistic Expression

3. Nightclub

4. Bingo

5. Exit Jcc

6. The Count

7. A Jack Boot

8. Ventriloquist

9. The Face

10. Linkin Face

11. Monster From Outer Space (Hannett's Different Recording)

12. Gimmix Version 1

13. Gimmix Version 2

14. Successful Sex

15. Gaberdine Angus

16. Readers Wives

17. The Pest

18. Majorca

19. Eggshell Pale Blues

20. Post War Glamour Girls

21. Bo Diddley

22. Fiesta Letter

23. Beasley St

24. Monster From Outer Space (Live Bonus)

25. Night People

26. The Day My Pad Went Mad

27. Patriotic Outro

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Track List: Word Of Mouth: The Very Best Of

1. (I Married A) Monster From Outer Space

2. I Don't Want To Be Nice

3. Valley Of The Lost Women

4. Post War Glamour Girls

5. Kung Fu International

6. Psycle Sluts

7. Twat

8. Marjorca

9. Gimmix! Play Loud

10. Beasley Street

11. Evidently Chickentown

12. Conditional Discharge

13. Limbo (Baby Limbo)

14. The It Man

15. Thirty Six Hours

16. Midnight Shift

17. I Wanna Be Yours

18. The Day My Pad Went Mad

19. A Heart Disease Called Love

20. Night People

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Track List: Zip Style Method

1. Midnight Shift

2. The New Assassin

3. The Face Behind The Scream

4. I Travel In Biscuits

5. The Day The World Stood Still

6. A Heart Disease Called Love

7. The Ghost Of Al Capone

8. Ninety Degrees In My Shades

9. The Day My Pad Went Mad

10. I Wanna Be Yours

11. Drive She Said

12. Night People

13. Midnight Shift [Live]

14. The Day My Pad Went Mad [Live]

15. Night People [Live]

16. The New Assassin [Live]

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Track List: Live In London

1. Intro - Official Guestlist / Hire Car

2. The Adverts

3. Home Honey I'm High / Things Are Gonna Get Worse

4. To A Tiki Shirt / Beasley St & Boulevard

5. Living The Dream

6. The Luckiest Guy Alive

7. Rotten Here In Jail

8. I've Fallen In Love With My Wife / Evidently Chicken Town

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