John Cooper Clarke - The Very Best Of (2002)

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Cracking retrospective of the legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke.

His is a name that's cropped up many times over the years but he was not really appreciated until well into his 60's.  Mind you, when you're a heroin addict and hooked up with Femme Fatale Nico, self preservation rather than self promotion predominates.

This 20 track compilation is a great introduction to his unique and vitriolic brand of poetry.

The music that supports his monotonous delivery (actual singing would be a travesty!) works brilliantly.

He's "playing" in a few main centres around New Zealand in April next year.