Armitage is as latte to Cooper Clarke’s whisky
John Cooper Clarke + Simon Armitage Morley Town Hall/Touring 4/5
JOHN COOPER CLARKE has been enjoying a late-career revival ever since the Arctic Monkeys turned I Wanna Be Yours into a song on 2013’s AM.
It’s a debt that the post-punk performance poet acknowledges when he reads it as an encore, rattling it off at his trademark 735mph.
Nonetheless, there are signs that he’s slowing down. On Evidently Chickentown his rat-a-tat-tat delivery is swapped for mumbles and on PC Gone Mad he takes on the diction of Ross Kemp by way of Liam Gallagher — “I’m a gifted impressionist,” he jokes... read more
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