LEGENDARY MANCUNIAN PUNK POET and walking tribute to Don’t Look Back – John Cooper Clarke – has a appeared in a short internet video, strutting his inimitable stuff and congratulating Sheffield “beat combo” Arctic Monkeys for their sensitive cover version of his poem I Wanna Be Yours. Looking dapper but affecting the title Dr (of what? Divinity perhaps), he talks about the thoughts behind his original lyric – penned for his 1982 album, Zip Style Method – and his admiration for the Arctic Monkeys’ melodic update, which concludes their excellent album of this year, AM, before delivering a characterful reading.
Perhaps a respectful reply video from The Arctic Monkeys is in order – with Alex Turner reciting I Married A Monster From Outer Space? We’re saying nowt!