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The Punk Poet

1 hour, 56 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 19 August 2012

This week English performance poet John Cooper Clarke appears on the show.

Clarke first became famous during the punk rock era of the late 1970s when he became known as a "punk poet". He began his performance career in Manchester folk clubs, where he began working with Rick Goldstraw and his band The Ferrets. And his first releases were on the independent label Rabid, starting with the EP, Innocents, in October 1977.

He toured with Bill Nelson's band Be-Bop Deluxe in 1978 and was signed by Epic Records, who issued the Nelson-produced debut album, Disguise In Love, in 1978.

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, The Buzzcocks and Elvis Costello.

Recently Clarke starred as himself in Plan B's directional debut, Ill Manors, and performed at the film's soundtrack launch. He also revisited his younger years in the award winning Ian Curtis biopic Control.

Also on the show, Johnnie explores more great tracks and archive for this week's featured album.

Music Played

22 items
  • HOUR 1

  • Image for Pretenders

    Pretenders Stop Your Sobbing

    The Pretenders - The Singles, WEA

  • Image for David Dundas

    David Dundas Jeans On

    Super 70's Summer (Various Artists), Virgin

  • Image for Gary Numan

    Gary Numan Cars

    Greatest Hits Of The 70's (Various), Disky


    • Image for Lou Reed

      Lou Reed Satellite Of Love

      Lou Reed - NYC Man, BMG

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley An American Trilogy

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for Badfinger

    Badfinger Come & Get It

    Magic Christian Music By Badfinger, Apple

  • Image for Heatwave

    Heatwave Boogie Nights

    Walk On - Hits From The Last 2 Decade, Columbia

  • Image for Cher

    Cher Gypsies Tramps & Thieves

    Cher - The Greatest Hits, Wea/Universal

  • HOUR 2

    • Image for Slade

      Slade Mama Weer All Crazee Now

      The Greatest Hits Of 1972 (Various), Premier

  • Image for Orleans

    Orleans Still The One

    Orleans - Waking And Dreaming, SNOWSTORM


    • Image for Lou Reed

      Lou Reed Walk On The Wild Side

      Lou Reed - NYC Man, BMG

  • Image for The Doors

    The Doors L.A. Woman

    Take It Easy (Various Artists), Warner Strategic Marketi


  • Image for Joe Dolce

    Joe Dolce Shaddap Your Face

  • Image for Movie Themes

    Movie Themes Come To The Cabaret (Instrumental)

  • Image for Sex Pistols

    Sex Pistols Dress

  • Image for John Cooper Clarke

    John Cooper Clarke Innocents

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Suspicious Minds

  • Image for Roxy Music

    Roxy Music Love Is The Drug

    Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music - Street Life, Eg

  • Image for Don McLean

    Don McLean Empty Chairs

    Don McLean-American Pie/Greatest Hits, EMI


    • Image for Lou Reed

      Lou Reed Perfect Day

      Lou Reed - NYC Man, BMG


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