gimme some curious yellows, john
john cooper clarke strikes a ridiculously cool pose, 1977.
inner sleeve, \”suspended sentence\” ep. TOSH 103.
As I wrote at the time, \”John Cooper Clarke first released an EP on the Manchester based label Rabid Records in 1977, backed by a coterie of musicians named the Curious Yellows.\” Produced by Martin Zero for the \”Criminal Gramaphone Company\”, with artwork by Kirk Van Gough Studios, \”The Innocents\” EP caught my ear like a fish hook whipping off my indecently turned cheek.
As a result, I suspect, of HBO\’s clever placement of \”Evidently Chickentown\” over the closing credits to an episode from the final series of \”The Sopranos\”, Clarke has enjoyed something of a renaissance of late. If anyone is deserving of rediscovery it is he. It\’s not just down to the sick, mischievous wordplay and razor blade insight. The music too worms deep under the skin and starts an itch which refuses to fade with time, especially on his 1980 album, \”Snap, Crackle & Bop\” – performed with The Invisible Girls, Martin Hannet and Steve Hopkins – which ought to have cemented his reputation internationally once and for all.
The first song here is for Löst Jimmy. I make no apologies for \’re-upping\’ the other cuts, or for finally featuring \”Chickentown\”.
▼ JOHN COOPER CLARKE & THE CURIOUS YELLOWS: PSYCLE SLUTS (PARTS ONE & TWO) from \”Innocents\” EP (Rabid) 1977 (UK)
▼ JOHN COOPER CLARKE & THE INVISIBLE GIRLS: EVIDENTLY CHICKENTOWN from \”Snap, Crackle & Bop\” LP (CBS) 1980 (UK)
▼ JOHN COOPER CLARKE & THE INVISIBLE GIRLS: THIRTY SIX HOURS from \”Snap, Crackle & Bop\” LP (CBS) 1980 (UK)
▼ JOHN COOPER CLARKE & THE INVISIBLE GIRLS: BEASLEY STREET from \”Snap, Crackle & Bop\” LP (CBS) 1980 (UK)
▼ JOHN COOPER CLARKE & THE INVISIBLE GIRLS: SLEEPWALK from \”Snap, Crackle & Bop\” LP (CBS) 1980 (UK)