Bard of Salford

Procrastinating at  YouTube I type in sentimental search terms in hope of dredging up long lost gems.

And I am not disappointed. The magnificent  John Cooper Clarke is there – about 50 separate videos,some original, others homages to the man.

For those who have not had the pleasure, here are a few nasal rhymes from a true original:

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Beasley Street

I mustn’t go down to the sea again

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  1. Have you heard the Arctic Monkeys? Heavily indebted to JCC and not in a bad way.
    “And there in’t no love,
    No Montagues or Capulets –
    Just banging tunes and DJ sets
    And dirty dancefloors
    And dreams of naughtiness”
    Silly, funny and genuinely elegant at the same time.

  2. I happened to be in the UK at the time when the Arctic Monkeys were the biggest thing since who knows what. I do like their lyrics – but hadn’t thought of the JCC debt.
    Nice to see you commenting at Clay Shirky’s silly essay, by the way.

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