Arctic Monkeys collaborate with punk legend

Alex Turner get's John Cooper Clarke for new single

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has discussed working with his hero, punk legend John Cooper Clarke.

Cooper Clarke penned verses for the sleeve of the band’s new single ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ which is out on Monday (July 9).

Turner explained: “I first thought of John to write something for the album sleeve – but we didn’t have time. So I asked him to write something for ’Fluorecent Adolescent’.”


The singer said the poet had been inspired directly by the band’s song.

“He offered up a few things he had previously written and also wrote new material based on the character in the song,” he told The Sun. “We were very fond of all the rhymes but narrowed them down to two which will be included in the inlays.”

He added: “’Out Of Control Fairground’ is the titled of one. I was drawn to it because the sounds of the guitars on our song remind me of a fairground.

“I had all the poems in my pockets for weeks, getting them out and changing my mind which worked best – but just enjoying reading them.”