The track became a firm favourite among Cooper Clarke’s fans upon release in 1982, before experiencing a new lease of life when the Sheffield icons covered the track on 2013’s ‘AM’.
Describing his love of the band, Cooper Clarke told NME: “I love the Arctic Monkeys! I love every album they’ve come up with so far. They’re utterly different from the one that preceded it. It’s a great thing.
“I can’t thank those guys enough for covering that one [I Wanna Be Yours] because it was already one of the great favourites from my repertoire!”
Cooper-Clarke also described how the track’s renewed popularity has allowed it to become a wedding favourite.
He explained: “I meet a lot of people who get married in the summer months, because I stay at hotels and usually work on a Saturday.
“They tell me ‘wow, I just read your poem at our wedding’.
“You can’t buy that kind of love, and I can’t thank the Arctic Monkeys enough for reintroducing the British public to that uncharacteristically romantic number.”
Cooper-Clarke was speaking to NME ahead of his appearance at the first ever Kaleidoscope Festival this Saturday, held in the grounds of London’s Alexandra Palace.
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“It used to just be one stage and a hot dog van”, Cooper Clarke said of his early experiences playing festivals.
“Now there’s something for everyone and it’s great. You’ve got an acoustic tent, and maybe even a cinema tent. The chances of two people having exactly the same experience are zero”.
He’s also hard at work on his forthcoming autobiography – but he’s planning to avoid the pitfall of focusing on his childhood.
“Too many memoirs focus on childhoods and it’s a bit turgid”, he said.
“I won’t be doing that, mainly because I can’t fucking remember any of it!”