Punk poet also a fan of Sleaford Mods
Speaking to NME recently, Clarke handpicked the Tunbridge Wells duo as one of the new bands he admires, saying: “I’m a late convert on the account that 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.”
Clarke added: “The melody carried without a bass guitar, so for a start that’s intriguing. And now I’ve got their album, and it’s not disappointing.”
Clarke said of Sleaford Mods: “I think they’re a great part of the sort of pop tradition, really. Very good example of a certain strain in punk rock – punk rock-flavoured pop music.”
While there may have been a lack of politics in alternative music lately, Clarke reckons that all that is changing: “I think for a long time politics has not been a very hot medium for one reason or another. All the parties seemed to have had a meeting that nobody was invited to and agreed on the things they’re prepared to address.
“But I think that’s possibly changing now, things are starting to look a bit more adversarial, shall we say, in the parliamentary world.”
John Cooper Clarke releases ‘Anthologia’, a three-disc collection of his work, on Friday (October 16).