Sunday, November 13, 2011

John Cooper Clarke - Innocents 7" [1977], Post-War Glamour Girl 7" [1978]

Here are a couple of fantastic singles by the Bard of Salford, Greater Manchester's punk-poet himself, John Cooper Clarke. He's probably best known (if he's known at all) for his a capella rapid-spat poems, but on these records he's backed by a group which called themselves the Invisible Girls. Clarke's lyrics are great as one might expect, and the backing band doesn't sound tacked on, instead straddling the border between krautrock-influenced post-punk and good old '77 rabble, managing to find themselves in disco territory without sucking, on the second record's A-side.

In the 1980s Clarke spent a lot of time being addicted to heroin with the famous Nico, so maybe that will pique your interest. He's also in the 1982 film Urgh! A Music War, which is worth finding for his performance as well as those of the rest of the underground bands in it.

Mr. Clarke performs to this day, so you should go see him if you get the chance.

Here's a video of one of his poems:

Bring back hangin', for everyone
Outside of the take-away, Saturday night
Official site


  1. Right we all start when the drum machine starts lads.... i have this on vinyl and been searching for a dload for a long time, so thankee

  2. Glad I could be of service. Cheers,