Premiere: See John Cooper Clarke & Hugh Cornwell’s ‘Johnny Remember Me’ Video

Today (October 14) Arctic Monkeys favourite John Cooper Clarke and former The Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell released their first album as a duo, ‘This Time It’s Personal’. Part of that album is this cover of John Leyton’s ‘Johnny Remember Me’, which spent four weeks at Number One in 1961. It’s a mix of Spaghetti Western guitar twang and Cooper Clarke’s striking, unmistakable voice. See the video, premiered exclusively here on NME, below:

The album features ten songs of classic American and British pop chosen by the pair. It’s John Cooper Clarke’s first time as lead vocalist, while Cornwell takes a step back to cover guitar and production duties. “No one knew he could sing!” Hugh says of John. “When you tell people they go, ‘You’re kidding me.’”

Last year the punk poet paid tribute to this week’s cover stars Slaves: “”I’m a late convert on the account,” he told NME

, “I got their album for my birthday. I think I saw them on the telly, and was impressed with the singing-drummer-standing-up-at-a-full-kit thing, for the obvious reasons.”

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Cooper Clarke and Cornwell will both play the following dates in November and December:
NOVEMBER
Fri 25 Waterfront, Norwich
Sat 26 Junction, Cambridge
Tue 29 O2 Forum, London
Wed 30 O2 Academy, Bristol
DECEMBER
Thu 1 O2 Institute, Birmingham
Sat 3 O2 Ritz, Manchester
Thu 8 Leadmill, Sheffield
Fri 9 The ABC, Glasgow

Meanwhile, Cooper Clarke will also tour the UK solo in October and November:
OCTOBER
Tue 18 Public Halls, Harpenden
Wed 19 Westgate Hall, Canterbury
Thu 20 De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea
NOVEMBER
Fri 18 Public Halls, Harpenden